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:
Here are two easy and inexpensive recipes:
This is for a stronger antibacterial/antifungal spray.
- Three drops of tea tree oil
- Two drops of peppermint oil
- Two drops of lavender oil
- Distilled water
- 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