September 02, 2019 3 min read

How to Clean Your Cork Yoga Mat (& Why I Became a Cork Yoga Mat Convert)Β 

by Melina Lee

Lately I have been craving three things – a new cork yoga mat, chai tea, and movies starring Chris Hemsworth (I know I’m not alone on this front). If you’ve yet to be acquainted, chai tea is a delicious Indian tea blended with herbs and spices, while Chris Hemsworth is the gorgeous specimen of a man who let’s be real...needs no introduction (but if anyonecan introduce me to him, do swiftly let me know). For the cork mats, I went straight to Chuchka for their contemporary, fun and eco-friendly designs.

Truth is, I am fussy with yoga mats. Firstly, they have to be durable. And of course a beautiful design will inspire me to do more yoga (not just be a couch potato!).

How to clean a cork yoga mat - Chuchka Blog

Reasons to Love Chuchka Cork Yoga Mats

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Chuchka cork yoga mats are made from 100% natural eco-friendly materials. They feature a cork top and a natural rubber base, and most importantly, are free from toxic PVC (polyvinyl chloride), latex, silicone, glue, and phthalates - who knew these were common in most conventional mats?

I was also delighted to learn that natural cork has built-in anti-microbial properties that resist bacteria, germs and smell, which make them perfect for hot yoga. Cork mats are actually designed to grip better the more you sweat, which is some genius wizardly I’m all about.

And while eco-friendly, toxic-free, sweat-friendly, and anti-microbial are all buzzwords that tick some important boxes, I’m not gonna lie, I also want my yoga mat to look pretty fly (if only to distract from my questionable standing splits pose). My personal favourite is theΒ palms cork yoga mat for its tropical holiday vibes and theΒ peony cork mat for its delicate floral motif.Β 

How to Clean a Cork Yoga Mat in 3 Steps

Now, as the proud mumma to a new Chuchka yoga mat, I want to make sure she stays fresh and in good nick. I’m glad to learn that cleaning my cork yoga mat is a very easy task. You could say, it’s easier than child’s pose (if you were a clever yogi with an appreciation for puns).Β 

How often should you clean your cork yoga mat?

It’s up to you how often you clean your cork mat. Some people wipe the mat down every time they use it, other people clean it once a week. Once a week sounds like a good idea unless you sweat a lot, or use the mat daily, then I suggest cleaning it more frequently.

How to clean your cork mat:

The best way to clean a cork mat is to use cold water on a soft cloth. Gently wipe down the mat with the damp cloth and then let it air dry before you roll it up and put it away. Be careful not to damage your mat by scrubbing it hard with an abrasive sponge.

If your mat looks stained or it needs a deep clean, you could make your own cork mat cleaning spray.

How to make a cork mat spray:

Fill a spray bottle with:Β 

  • 3 parts of water
  • 1 part of witch hazel or white vinegar
  • 5 drops of your favourite essential oil.Lavender, tea tree, lemongrass and eucalyptus are essential oils that are recommended for their disinfecting qualities.

3 Steps to Clean a Cork Yoga Mat:

Step #1. Shake the spray bottle.

Step #2. Spritz the mat with the spray and wipe it clean with a soft cloth.Β 

Step #3. Leave the mat to air dry completely before you put it away.

Step #4. (optional but highly recommended): Go and enjoy some chai tea and a Chris Hemsworth movie. Bliss!

SHOP CORK YOGA MATS:

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Melina Byrne

Melina is a qualified journalist with a love of all things health and wellness. She practices yoga, Pilates and high intensity training. She loves to travel – she recently returned from Japan when she survived a full-day bike tour of Tokyo even though she had not written a bike in 20 years.


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