Homemade Yoga Mat Cleaner

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I was in a child’s pose the other week during a yoga class when WHEW-EEE! There was a stank and I knew exactly where it was coming from. It wasn’t me, it wasn’t my neighbor, it was my mat. Gross. At that moment, I knew as soon as class was over, I needed to roll my mat up just so I could unroll it as soon as I got home and wipe it down with my homemade yoga mat cleaner.

With my mat rolled out on the floor in my apartment, I shook up this concoction, sprayed and wiped down my mat and then let it sit out for another hour or so to ensure it was dry and ready to roll back up. Now I know it’s not always possible and feasible to do this after EVERY practice (sorry, but it’s true), I am committed to using my homemade yoga mat cleaner consistently to keep my mat fresh and ready for my next practice.





In a 16 oz glass spray bottle or jar mix together:

  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops tea tree oil
  • Water (to fill after all other ingredients are in)

Shake all ingredients up in the bottle or jar, spray on your mat, and wipe down. (If you don’t have a spray bottle and you’re using a mason jar, put a little on your cloth, then wipe down the mat.

Note: It’s important to use a glass spray bottle or mason jar as essential oils can eat through plastic.

If you have a Lululemon or other “fancy” yoga mats, some say not to use essential oils to clean your mat. I will say that I DO and don’t find my mats to breakdown any faster, but I don’t use this cleaner on them after every class,


When was the last time you cleaned YOUR yoga mat?


I use DoTERRA essential oils in all areas of my life. If you would like more information on the oils that I use, why and how you can incorporate them into your own life, please feel free to reach out.


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25 thoughts on “Homemade Yoga Mat Cleaner

  1. mary

    I actually wash mine in the washing machine and hang dry at least once a month or more often when doing hot yoga. I need to try this though and keep it in my bag for in between washings.
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  2. Charlotte

    I used to have to do this after Bikram frequently because I swear the stench after sweating profusely on your mat for 90 minutes 2x/week… well, you can imagine πŸ™‚ I don’t bikram any more but my yoga mat has been getting funky. Great reminder–and <3 tea tree oil!
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