Today when I did the first down dog of the day during a Piyoga class at the gym I realized that my mat was smelly. I couldn't remember the last time I cleaned it, so I figured it was due. After dinner tonight I turned to my friend wikiHow to figure out the best way to do that. The article started out by telling me that I should wash my mat at least every couple of months. Oops! I had barely started, and already I'd failed in their eyes. But I pressed on.
Ten minutes later I came back for the second step, which was to wash both sides of the mat with a wash cloth. When I was done I could not believe how dirty the water was! I took the mat out, emptied out the dirty water, and went through the process a second time to make sure the mat was really clean.
The next step was to rinse the mat until all the soap was gone. This was the most difficult part; the mat was so long it was hard to get to all of it. I ended up folding it in half again, rinsing each half from the top down, then folding the mat the other way to rinse the second side.
After I was sure the mat was clean I shook it to get rid of the excess water (and shook much of the water onto my shirt). I spread a beach towel out on the floor, laid the mat on top of it, and rolled them together to remove the excess moisture. Then I had to figure out where to put the mat until it was completely dry. In the end I laid it on a closet shelf in one of the unused bedrooms. I don't need the mat again until next week, so it will have plenty of time to dry.
Five years ago today: Puzzling