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Give that yoga mat a bath

Yoga mat bath

Since I have another 3.5 weeks until potentially getting cleared for exercise, I thought it was the perfect time to give my yoga mat a bath. I can’t even tell you the last time I gave it a good hosing and soak. A wipe down, sure. But a full on bath? Probably when I first bought the mat to get rid of the rubber smell.

There’s a 70% chance of rain today, so an indoor bath was in order. I used baby shampoo, figuring it would be gentle enough to not damage the material. Also, it’ll have a nice lavender smell so it’ll be clean AND calming.

As for drying the mat, I don’t have a good indoor option. Lululemon’s The Mat is HEAVY and thick and would break our shower curtain rod or towel rack when soaking wet. So I have it draped across our patio furniture – at least until the rain starts. Then, I’ll bring it inside and lay it on some towels. (I’ve been hinting at my husband that I need a clothes line installed in our backyard. Just another item on my honey-do list.)

Yoga mats take a while to air dry, so it’s a good thing I’m not in any kind of hurry. Taking naps on the couch with the baby is a pretty nice way to wait out the 6 week postpartum healing period.

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  1. I have this mat. I drape it over the bathroom door to dry, and flip it over a few hours/a day in. I think it would prob be too heavy for a clothesline, too. 🙂

    • Terri says

      oh that’s a really good idea! i was worried it was going to drip all over the place, but letting it hang out on the patio furniture got most of the excess moisture out.

      and true about the clothesline. haha. maybe i need him to put up two lines side by side so the weight can be distributed.

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