I cleaned it up as best I could but it still smelled nasty, so I read up on how to deep clean a yoga mat... and it's a thing! I learned. You soak it in your bathtub in hot water and mild dish soap, scrub it, repeat as necessary, eventually soak it in clean water to get the soap out, roll it up in a towel, hang to dry.
Does everyone know this? I didn't know this. The wikihow article I stole this from said you should wash your yoga mat once a year.
It worked great, josie's yoga mat smelled perfectly clean.
So then I got to thinking... I've had MY purple yoga mat since... gosh. forever? When did I start doing yoga, like 20 years ago? It's been a while!
Well my yoga mat turned the water a not clear color, hate to say it. I really should have washed it more often. And by more often, I mean more than once every 10-20 years.
Now I know, now you know, this is a thing.