Everyone loves a nice clean mat, and could probably stand to clean their yoga mat a little more (unless you’re like me and obsessively clean it after every practice). Either way, you’re gonna need something to clean it with, and conventional cleaners aren’t cheap! If you make your own cleaner, you can save a few bucks and maybe get rid of some chemical-filled spray in the process. You’ll need a few simple ingredients to get started.
- Spray bottle
- 2 parts Water
- 1 part White Vinegar or Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel
- Essential Oils (I used lavender and Tea Tree Oil)
I start out with a big spray bottle (28 oz). You can use any size spray bottle made out of any material, just keep in mind if you use a smaller bottle then you will need less essential oil. Glass is better for the longevity of the spray and for storing the essential oils, but use whatever you have! You’ll fill your spray bottle 2/3 full with the water and the remaining third with the vinegar or alcohol-free witch hazel. Just leave a small amount of room at the top for a few drops of essential oil. For my large bottle, I use about 10 drops tea tree oil because of it’s antibacterial properties, and about 15 drops lavender oil to get a nice smell and cover up the vinegar/witch hazel smell. Keep in mind that the cleaner may still have a slight vinegar smell, but it will dissipate as soon as it dries! To clean your mat, grab a rag, apply spray to the mat, and wipe down both sides with the rag. Hang your mat up to dry afterwards before rolling it up again. Voila! You now have a nice and easy mat cleaner that you can use all the time. It also makes a nice gift for the yogi in your life!