All-Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner

27 Jun

It’s a great idea to keep your yoga mat clean, and if you love the mat cleaner I provide at the Center, you’ll be happy to know that it’s made with love from all natural ingredients, and it is super simple to make your own.  Here is how!

The Recipe

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil (You can use any essential oil you love!  Lemongrass is another favorite, and DoTerra is an awesome company to get essential oils from; they’re also available at the CoOp!)

Just shake well, spray down your mat (it doesn’t take much) and wipe dry with a cloth.  Let your mat dry for a few minutes before you roll it up. That’s all it takes for a clean and happy yoga mat!

I sometimes like to spray my mat before my practice so it smells nice in bhaktasana.

Yoga_ToesHappy cleaning!

General Mat Care

  • If you want a more heavy-duty clean, it is also possible to put your yoga mat into the washing machine on a gentle cycle (cold or warm ~ not hot) with natural laundry detergent.  This is how I usually clean the hayloft yoga mats.  You’ll have to hang your mat to dry.  Another option is to clean it off while you shower!
  • If your mat is super-duper dirty and you want a strong disinfectant, fill the tub up with lukewarm water and vinegar (3:1 ratio if you want to be exact).  Submerge your mat for at least twenty minutes.  Rinse and hang dry.
  • Avoid sunlight exposure or keeping your mat in an area that is close to a heat vent.  It’s a good idea to avoid storing your mat in your car.  It will last longer this way.
  • Some rubber mats, like the eco-friendly Jade Yoga mat pictured above, are better washed with just soap and water (no oils).  Here’s what the company suggests:

“As Jade yoga mats act like sponges – and hold water, we recommend simply wiping the surface of your mat on a regular basis with plain water. If your mat needs an occasional deep cleaning, that is fine, but you should be aware that as Jade mats act like sponges, holding soap and water, you must be prepared to thoroughly rinse and dry your mat. You can wash your mats by soaking in a bathtub, hosing it off or in a front loading washing machine (no agitator) on gentle. We recommend a mild soap. Do not use oils, solvents or harsh abrasives. The yoga mat should then be hung or laid flat to dry. DO NOT DRY IN OR ALLOW PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO DIRECT SUNLIGHT.”

Woo, they’re serious about avoiding direct sunlight.

  • If you are in the market for a yoga mat, you might check into this review of a few mats by Consumer Search.

One Response to “All-Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner”

  1. Jessie April 11, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

    And here’s a bit more motivation to clean your yoga mat!
    Out of all, individual mats were dirtiest, and least often cleaned. You’re always welcome to give your mat a spray-down after class!


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