How to clean your workout accessories: mat, weights and equipment

You never know what kind of germs can collect on your workout equipment. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

You never know what kind of germs can collect on your workout equipment. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Workout equipment can get nasty fast. Anything that comes into contact with sweat and bacteria needs a bath ASAP.

Some local industry experts shared their tips for keeping workout tools germ-free:

Ashlyn Plunket, manager of the York Evolution Power Yoga, said her studio uses a mixture of 16 ounces of water, three drops of tea tree oil and 3 teaspoons of rubbing alcohol. The alcohol kills bacteria and the oil leaves a “yummy” smell, she said.

“Spray it all over the mat to completely saturate it and then wipe it down.”

Plunket also recommended using the All Natural Hand and Mat Sanitizer by Nama ($7.95 for 5 ounces). It should kill 99 percent of the most common germs, the Nama site advertises.

Tammy Mankey, general manager at Gold’s Gym on Pauline Drive in York, said Gold’s uses a all-in-one purpose cleaner for wiping down their machines. The main ingredients are ethyl alcohol and sodium carbonate. They also keep Clorox Cleanup on hand. It’s really important to clean public gym equipment, after each use, she said.

“There’s nothing worse than someone leaving their sweat on a machine and another member sitting in it,” Mankey said.

She also reminds people to bandage any open wounds before working out. Nobody wants blood on their equipment.

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2 Responses to How to clean your workout accessories: mat, weights and equipment

  1. A great, easy and convenient alternative to those mentioned above? Try Herban Essentials YOGA MAT TOWELLETTES! Natural essential oil towellettes individually packaged and for use on yoga mats, as hand wipes & more. Keep them in your purse, your car, take them to yoga! Stop in to Sunrise Soap Company to find them!

  2. Andrew says:

    The best way to clean these items, and to keep them from getting damaged by harsh chemicals is to take the time and clean them naturally.
    The first suggestion in cleaning everything from a weight bench to your arm weight is to use a simple vinegar solution. You will be surprised at how much vinegar can actually kill. First you will need to mix half a cup of vinegar (I prefer to use the apple cider vinegar), with two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Thank you for sharing.

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