Yoga mats get covered with sweat, so they should be cleaned frequently. While some mats can be cleaned in the washing machine, while others need to be cleaned by hand; be sure to check the label on your mat to know which kind you have. For hand-cleaning mats, you can make your own cleaning solution to spray and clean your mat.
Make a cleaning solution. Make a solution of 50 percent water and 50 percent white vinegar. Put it in a spray bottle. Add a couple of drops of tea tree oil if desired.
Spray the yoga mat. Spray the yoga mat with the vinegar solution. Clean it with a paper towel or soft cloth.
Dry the mat. Dry the mat off or leave it out to dry. If you want, carry a spray bottle of the solution to your yoga class so you can clean off your yoga mat after every use.