Wash with Apple Cider Vinegar
Wash your mat with a liquid soap such as Dr.Bronner’s soap, made from Castile soap, which rinses clearly off the mat. After rinsing away the soap, use diluted apple cider vinegar as a second “wash.” Rinse that off and let your yoga mat dry naturally in open air. The soap can help remove some of the chemical finishes that can be applied to yoga mats. The vinegar will make the mat “tacky” and less slick. Always wash your mat after every practice, even if you don’t sweat.
Top “Sticky” Mat with Cotton Yoga Mat
Place a thin cotton yoga mat on top of it. For example, in some yoga classes, it is common to use a “sticky” mat and sprinkle clean water on it and place a clean, dry cotton mat on top of it. It looks more like a cotton “tapestry” and will give you traction to practice. Both the sticky mat and cotton mat should be washed after each use.
Use a Reversible Yoga Mat with Non-Slippery Cotton Terry Side
Use a mat that is double-sided: with one side that is slick and the other that is made of a cotton terry cloth. These kinds of mats can be purchased in specialty yoga supply stores or online. Spray diluted tea tree oil on the mat to kill bacteria. Tea tree oil is widely available in health food stores and online.