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.
I usually spray my mat with a vinegar and water mixture but I’m not convinced that it is effective. I like the idea of using the tea tree and eucalyptus oil. I bet that adds a nice scent as it sanitizes. Thanks for the tip!
Rica@ Yoga Mat Monkey recently posted…When Gangsta Rap and Yoga are the Good Sh*t
Does the vinegar smell linger? That would be my concern..
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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I REALLY need to make and then use this ASAP. I’m so embarrassed by the smell of my mat!!
Karin Rambo recently posted…Why My Sacrifices Aren’t Important
GIRL, make it!!
Thanks for sharing! I was disgusted with myself when I wiped down my mat and it came up with a BROWN paper towel. So gross.
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EEP!! Clean it, girl! 😉
Thank you thank you thank you for sharing! I really wanted to make a cleaner to clean my yoga mat, but wasn’t sure what works be safe to use on the rubber. Excited to give this a try!
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I have been told no oils should be used on a Lululemon mat, but otherwise you should be okay!
Love this! And I already have all of the ingredients! BOOM!
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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 🙂 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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Yeah…I go to a heated vinyasa and man it got stank-y fast!
I was just Googling this. Perfect!
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Happy to help!
I couldn’t tell you the last time I cleaned my mat! I live in denial about how gross and germy it probably is.
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bahahaha! Especially after last night’s class… 😉
Love making natural home made cleaners. Perfect.
I’ve totally bitten the natural cleaner bug!
I’m so bad about this too! This looks simple enough–my grandmother used to have witch hazel for everything. I’ll get a whiff of that and I’ll get transported back to my childhood haha 🙂
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Oh man, it is STRONG stuff!
I really need to make this too!
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And thank you for the reminder that I NEED to clean my mat. Like ASAP. I can’t remember the last time I gave it a really good cleaning. YUCK!
hahaha CLEAN IT!