Shaucha (Sanskrit: शौच, also spelled Saucha, Śauca) means purity, cleanliness and clearness. It refers to purity of mind, speech and body. Saucha is one of the Niyamas of Yoga.
Christmas and New Year is the perfect time to take your mat home for a good thorough clean so you can start 2016 confident and fresh.
We move and often sweat on our mats every day or at least every week and we owe our magic carpets a little TLC if they are to keep serving us.
We should all be in the practice of wiping our mats down weekly to stop bacteria and unpleasant smells from building up.
You can make a simple natural mat cleaning solution very cheaply by filling a spray bottle with water, a few drops of tea tree oil and a tablespoon of vinegar. Spray over the mat and wipe down with a cloth.
For a more thorough clean, you can use a dilute solution of something like Ecover all purpose cleaner with a few drops of tea tree oil in warm water and give your mat a good scrub in the bath then hang it up to dry.
For a more convenient, long-term solution, invest in a yoga towel or rug which you can easily wash more frequently in a the washing machine.