Have you ever been in a yoga studio where they have mats for you to borrow?
After class, everyone who has borrowed a mat always pads on over to the bottles of yoga mat cleaner spray and towels. People who bring their own mats often use the spray cleaners, too. Sometimes everyone shares!
Yoga mat cleaner sprays prevent bacteria from spreading in the porous surface of the mat. That’s why it’s important to clean your mat after every session. It’s also important to use cleaners that are all natural and safe for your skin—your skin comes into a lot of contact with that yoga mat.
You can make your own yoga mat cleaner with essential oils—and there are so many oils with antibacterial, antiviral, and disinfectant properties, that you can get really creative!
Here’s a great recipe to make your own yoga mat cleaner that you may have the ingredients for already:
- 1 oz (30 ml) water
- 10 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 10 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
I call this recipe “Calm and Clean” because it got such a relaxing, bright aroma. I use a 1 oz (30 ml) glass spray bottle. You can watch me make it and see the amounts in a YouTube video I made about cleaning your yoga mat. Click here for the video!
The basic recipe is 20 drops of essential oil for every 1 oz (30 ml) of water. If you’d like to make more (and maybe share with the other yogis in your class!) you can just increase the recipe. I suggest making this blend fresh every few weeks.
Here are some additional oil ideas for making your own yoga mat cleaner:
- Orange (Citrus sinensis) — uplift your spirit and open your heart
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor) — focus and calm your mind
- Cardamom (Ellettaria cardamomum) — encourage balance and open breathing
- Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) — support meditation and open your breath
- Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) — invite peace in place of worry
Cleaning your mat with your own spray can leave a hint of your favorite scent lingering on your mat, which you’ll smell the next time you unroll it! (What a nice way to begin a yoga session!)
By the way, if you liked the YouTube video about how to make yoga mat cleaner, you can subscribe to Aromahead’s channel and we’ll send you more videos like it! (There's a red "Subscribe" button under the video on YouTube.)