What’s inside: Save money and extend the life of your yoga equipment with this homemade all-natural yoga mat cleaner.
I’ve practiced yoga off and on since high school, but about a year ago my husband and I joined a local yoga studio and got serious about it.
I can honestly say that almost-daily yoga has been life-changing for our bodies and minds, but it sure has been rough on our poor yoga mats!
Not gonna lie, after a tough routine, the last thing I feel like doing is cleaning my mat. However, without regular cleaning, your yoga mat will become a breeding ground for bacteria, fungus, and other yucky stuff. (Source)
So what’s the best way to clean a yoga mat?
Believe it or not, most yoga mat manufacturers recommend avoiding soap and water. Many commercial soaps leave behind residues and tear up your mat’s surface over time.
Store-Bought yoga mat cleaners work well, but are awfully pricey. Our yoga studio actually makes their own cleaner using essential oils, so I decided to do the same.
Not only does it save quite a bit of money in the long run, but I know exactly what I’m spraying onto my mat.
Plus it smells AMAZING!!
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Homemade Yoga Mat Cleaner Ingredients
- 1/4 cup witch hazel (astringent)
- 1/4 cup purified water
- 10 drops lavender essential oil (antibacterial & anti-fungal)
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil (antimicrobial)
- glass spray bottle
(makes about 4oz)
Add ingredients to a small mixing bowl or measuring cup. Pour into a glass spray bottle and re-secure the lid. Gently shake to mix ingredients.
Note: It is better to use a glass spray bottle for this formula, as essential oils can seep into plastic over time, lessening the effectiveness of your cleaner.
Spray a light coating of your homemade yoga mat cleaner on your mat. Wipe cleaner into mat with large sweeping or circular motions. Allow to dry completely before rolling up mat.
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