Spring Clean Your Yoga Mat & Clothes
Sweaty, smelly, slimy... yogis, we all know our mat and gear are not always in sparkling shape, but it's spring and time to get it together. We go to yoga to get healthy, not subject ourselves to harmful bacteria.
Celebrity yoga trainer and Bethenny.com blogger Kristin McGee, who brings us our favorite "3 Yoga Moves," is telling us how to keep our yoga mats and clothes clean and odor-free.
1. What are your favorite ways to clean your yoga mat?
I love Jo-Sha natural cleansing wipes, especially when on the go. They are chemical-free and naturally disinfect while the subtle aromatherapy soothes the senses. The founder and creator of Jo-Sha Wipes, Shannan Hansen, is a certified yoga instructor and mother of four. A 50-wipe dispenser is around $12.95. Find out where to buy here.
For a more economical method, fill a spray bottle with some 3-4 drops of lavender oil, tea tree oil and a citrus oil or couple drops of lemon juice. Shake the bottle well spritz your mat then towel it down.
Once a month, throw your yoga mat in the washing machine on gentle cycle, or in a tub, fill with warm water with a capful of laundry detergent. Hang dry.
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2. How do you keep your workout clothes looking good?
I always try and hang dry my yoga tops and pants when I can, I feel it keeps them from pilling and helps them last longer. I also try not to over-wash my clothes like my hair. Unless your yoga pants are super sweaty, you can wear them a few times before washing, as well as your yoga tank or sports bra -- just clean the armpit area, then air dry.
If and when you can, just fill a sink with warm soapy water or laundry detergent and hand wash your workout clothes.
3. When is it time to trash your workout clothes?
If the elastic is worn, the support is gone and the material is getting thin or pilling, it's time to toss it.
Renowned celebrity trainer Kristin McGee is certified in yoga, Pilates and fitness, and is dedicated to a program of healthy eating for all. She has worked with a long list of celebrities such as Steve Martin, Tina Fey, LeAnn Rimes, and appeared in the DVD "Body by Bethenny." You may know Kristin from her many television appearances: CNN, "CBS This Morning," FOX, "Good Morning America" and "Tyra," to name a few. She is a frequent contributor to and has been profiled by many lifestyle and fitness titles, is a Contributing Editor to Health Magazine and leads retreats around the world. Kristin teaches at Reebok/Sports Club L.A., Clay Health and Fitness, Equinox Fitness, Yoga Works, and more. She is also a Fila Yoga Ambassador.
Check out Kristin's complete collection of DVDs Power Yoga, Weight Loss Pilates, Bendigirl Yoga!