I have made a horrible mistake. I bought a yoga mat last week, and when I tried to do yoga on it, I started slipping. I was sliding so frantically, it was impossible to hold a pose.
So, friends, I did what any sane person would do, having just purchased a product only to find it performing less than satisfactorily. I googled how to fix the problem. The Internet told me maybe I should wash my yoga mat. I did not know this was a thing! Wash my yoga mat you say? I’ve practiced yoga on and off for five years and somehow, I have never ever washed a mat. I can imagine how you cringe as you read that.
That’s right, no diluted apple cider vinegar baths, no washing machine trips doused with baking soda, no hosed rinse downs. I just, I don’t know, figured it magically self-cleaned at night I guess.
While I had only briefly read up on the issue on Wikihow, I went into a feverish cleaning frenzy soaking the mat in my tub and spreading some mild dish soap over it. After pulling the mat out of the tub and waiting for it to dry, I tried to practice yoga on it again…And suddenly it began producing soap suds at an incredible rate as I struggled and slid.
I went back to my computer and frantically searched the google results and realized too late that you are not supposed to add much soap. Carefully rereading pages I had only glimpsed at before, I found that, in fact, many people don’t use soap at all!
I wiped the mat down with apple cider vinegar. I took a shower with it and squeezed every inch, trying to get the soap out.
I soaked it, stepped on it, and danced on it.
I tried to imagine I was washing my clothes in a river in older times.
I soaked it again in baking soda and stared it down.
I let it dry, and then, by some miracle, after days of being too busy to try other solutions, it stopped producing foamy soap from its every atomic particle.
So, in the future, I think I’ll just spray it down with a water and vinegar mix and forget the soap. I hope you’ll take this as a tale of caution and do the same.
But hey, at least my yoga mat is feeling super clean (and is much happier now that it’s no longer being showered, squeezed, danced on, and stared at).