How often do you wash your yoga mat?
Chances are, not enough.
Follow this simple DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner recipe for a mat that’s inviting and fresh to practice on.
Our mats are such an important part of our yoga routine, n’est-ce pas? It defines our space and it’s where we come to pour our heart out and work out anything that is feeling stiff and uncomfortable. Your mat holds you up and allows you to give it your all. And it always has your back.
On your mat, you come to life and become aware of strengths and skills you may not have previously been aware of. It allows us to take risks and says: It’s okay. I’ve got you if you fall.
(If you have the sudden urge to visit your mat and work out some kinks, visit: Yoga to Find Yourself: My Journey to Self-Discovery)
Let’s show our mats some love and give it the care it deserves. Try this DIY yoga mat cleaner to keep your mat welcoming and fresh.
DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner: 4 Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need for a DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner:
-A small glass bottle, preferably a dark color;
-3-5 drops of an essential oil with germ-fighting capabilities such as tea tree/melaluca, lemon, or eucalyptus;
-3-5 drops of another essential oil of your choice. (This is to add a twist on the scent so feel free to experiment and try different combinations. Try lavender, peppermint, citrus or even, something seasonal or yoga-inspired.) (optional);
-1/4 of the bottle will be witch hazel or white vinegar. (Recommended for mats in high traffic areas such as studios, schools or gyms);
-3/4 of the bottle will be water;
Mix it all together in the bottle of your choice. (I recommend something with a spray top.) And voila! You’ve made a super easy diy yoga mat cleaner.
Spray this onto your mat at the end of your practice and then wipe dry.
Easy peasy! And smells great too. Best part, it’s #chemicalfree!
Related: Essentials oils are awesome. Learn more here.
More about Essential Oils:
Start with a little and then work your way up from there. A little goes a long way. If you do include the witch hazel or vinegar, expect to add a couple more drops of oil. Also, not all essential oils are created equal. Look for ones that are high grade and have sustainability initiatives.
Let me know in the comments below how this goes for you. Especially if you find any oil combos that smell so fabulous you must share.