DIY Cleaning: Make Your Own Yoga Mat Spray Wash

While practicing yoga this morning, we realized (with a bit of embarrassment) that it had been awhile since we'd cleaned or wiped down my mat. For a deep cleaning, warm water and mild soap works, but what we really need is a daily spray we can use to wipe down my mat after every use. We know there are "yoga mat washes" out there we can purchase, but honestly, $10 seems like a bit of a rip-off. So, we set out to find a DIY recipe for our own all-natural mat cleaner:

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Here are two easy and inexpensive recipes:

Recipe #1:

  • Three drops of tea tree oil
  • Two drops of peppermint oil
  • Two drops of lavender oil
  • Distilled water

Recipe #2
This is for a stronger antibacterial/antifungal spray.

  • 1 part warm water with 3 parts white vinegar
  • Add 8-12 drops of essential oils like eucalyptus, lemongrass, lavender, mint, or tea tree oil

For both solutions, mix thoroughly and place the solution in a spray bottle.

Spray Cleaning Instructions:

1. Spray your yoga mat cleaner liberally over the surface of your mat. If your mat seems especially dirty, let the cleanser sit and soak in a bit before cleaning it off.

2. Wipe the yoga mat with a wet cloth or sponge. When the cleanser has been thoroughly removed, rub the mat down with a soft dry cloth, like a small towel or washcloth. Now repeat on the other side.

3. Allow your mat to air dry, which should take only about 5 to 10 minutes. If it takes longer than this, try rubbing your mat down more with the towel to remove the excess water and speed up the drying time.

Via: eHow and Wai Lana Yoga

(Images: 1. Ashtanga Sadhana; 2. Flickr member Kerrie Longo licensed under Creative Commons; )

Originally published 2009-12-10 - CB

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