September 02, 2019 3 min read
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!).
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 the palms cork yoga mat for its tropical holiday vibes and the peony cork mat for its delicate floral motif.
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).
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.
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.
Step #1. Shake the spray bottle.
Step #2. Spritz the mat with the spray and wipe it clean with a soft cloth.
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!
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