Cleaning fitness equipment.

Learn cleaning tips for your home fitness equipment. 

January 13, 2021
Parks & Recreation Release

Proper cleaning of your home fitness equipment is important to keeping germs and viruses at bay, making for a healthier you. Just like at the gym, you should clean home equipment after every use.

Hot water and dish soap work well for smaller, flexible items like yoga mats and resistance bands. Disinfectant sprays work best for larger equipment. Remember that disinfectants need time to work. Always read the product label to learn how long to leave disinfectant on to kill bacteria.

Yoga Mats

Crevices on your yoga mat can harbour bacteria. To clean it properly, you need to get it wet and keep it wet for at least 15 seconds before you wipe it off.  Hot water and dish soap in the bathtub work well. Rinse completely and after drying off with a clean towel, hang the mat to dry overnight.

Resistance Bands

Resistance bands can be tricky to clean not only because are they are floppy and stretchy, but because the wrong cleaner can cause the bands to deteriorate. You can safely clean your bands at home with warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap. Swish the bands around for a few seconds, then rinse them and let them air dry.


Spray cleaner directly onto weights, ensuring proper coverage. Let sit according to manufacturers directions. Thoroughly wipe dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.

Electronic Equipment

Unplug machines first. Do not spray directly onto the equipment as it may damage the electronics. Instead, spray onto a cloth and wipe all the places where you came into direct contact with the machine, paying particular attention to handles, knobs, seats, railings, and buttons.

Regular cleaning your home fitness equipment will not only extend the life of the product but will keep you from becoming sick. Stay healthy!