If you follow my Facebook religiously, and I expect you to, you noticed that yesterday I had to use the “community” mat at yoga because I forgot mine. It was tragic. And gross. God only knows how many beads of sweat and pubic hairs had been on that mat (yes, my class is pretty risqué – pubic hairs flying everywhere).
I cleaned it the best I could with gym wipes, but you know I was thinking about the filth of that mat for the entire class. When we laid face down for bow pose (which I am exceedingly good at. Don’t you know that yoga is one big competition about being better than your neighbor and judging them if they don’t do things right?), the instructor told us to put your foreheads and chins on the mat. I screamed, “NO WAY, yogini. No way am I smashing my face into this mat of germs.”
The truth of the matter is, my own personal yoga mat is pretty gross too. But, it is my own personal gross, so it doesn’t really bother me. Kind of like that sleeping bag that you’ve done all kinds of crap in but still use. Not so bad when it’s your own.
Still, today I thought about all the hot yoga classes I’ve been to and all of the bodily fluids that have made it onto that mat (well, just sweat and maybe the occasional bit of drool when I’m really concentrating or sucking on a Jolly Rancher). It needed a good cleaning and it needed it fast.
It was at that moment a friend of mine at yoga (sometimes I do make friends) gave me the most enlightening tip. It had nothing to do with Namaste and meditation and sun salutations. She told me you could wash your yoga mat in the washing machine.
What the hell? This is one of those times (like when I didn't know jackalopes were not real animals in the wild) that I found myself feeling left out of something that the whole world probably knows. I have been doing yoga for at least 8 years. When my mat gets so gross I can no longer really clean it, I make it into place mats or a sled for the kids or throw it away. I never knew you could wash those bitches.
You probably all knew this tip and have stopped reading and are like, give me a break. Who doesn’t know you can throw your yoga mat in the washing machine? Or, maybe you hate yoga and have never done it and could care less. You can put your car tires in the washing machine too if that is more relevant to you.
I came home and tossed my split pea soup mat into the washer with a tad of Kirkland’s detergent STAT. Really, I did.
I NEVER in a million years would have done this unless someone told me you could. Seriously, it is like eating an egg. I never would have been the first person to eat an egg. Why would anyone do that? Slimy, comes out of a chicken's ass. It’s just wrong. Same thing with the yoga mat. I thought for sure it would break my machine or the mat would disintegrate.
No. It came out clean and perfect. Then I put it in the dryer. Just kidding.
I laid it out neatly to dry because it takes a day or two to get completely dried out.
Now it is as good as new. I am emailing Heloise because I don’t think she knows about this hint.
Ever washed your mat in the machine?
Got any good, weird tips to share with this awesome audience?
Disclaimer: I take no responsibility if washing your mat in the washing machine either ruins your mat or breaks the machine. This is just what worked for me!