Save money and extend the life of your yoga equipment with this all-natural DIY yoga mat cleaner.
Homemade 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)
How Do You 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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DIY 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)
How to make your own yoga mat cleaner:
First, watch this quick demo video to see how we made our DIY yoga mat cleaner, then keep reading for printable recipe.
Click video to play:
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.
Printable DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner Recipe
DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner - All Natural, Antibacterial Spray
- 1/4 cup witch hazel
- 1/4 cup purified water
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
- 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.