If you practice yoga regularly, you should probably know that cleaning your yoga mat is incredibly important.
Unlike other fitness practices that use a mat, yoga requires us to have more skin-to-mat contact. Your bare feet, forehead, face, and several other parts of your body usually touch the surface of the mat during yoga practice. Take some time to think about all the places your yoga mat has been on and I’m sure you’ll acknowledge the importance of keeping it clean yourself.
In this article, you will learn more about the significance of always having a yoga mat cleaner at hand and how to make your own DIY yoga mat cleaner with ingredients that you might already have at home.
Are you the kind of person that just forgets to clean their yoga mat? Or maybe you’re always out of a yoga mat cleaner?
Let’s discover the magic behind the DIY yoga mat cleaner and learn more essential cleaning practices.
So how do you make your own yoga mat cleaner at home?
DIY YOGA MAT CLEANER: INGREDIENTS
- DISTILLED WATER
- WITCH HAZEL or WHITE VINEGAR
- ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential oils will provide the scent of the DIY yoga mat cleaner; they have anti-bacterial properties, as well as help with stress relief, breathing, mood improvement, relaxation, and more, depending on the type of oil that you use. Figure out what you like the most and what best suits your needs with this set of 20 pure essential oils.
- EMPTY SPRAY BOTTLE
Consider buying a glass spray bottle instead of a plastic one.
DIY YOGA MAT CLEANER: INSTRUCTIONS
- Open the empty spray bottle.
- Fill the empty spray bottle about 3/4 with distilled water.
- Fill the remaining (1/4) part of the spray bottle with witch hazel or white vinegar.
- Mix everything together before adding the essential oils.
- Add 3 to 8 drops of essential oil depending on the size of the bottle and the scent you desire.
- Mix everything together one more time.
- Spray your DIY yoga mat cleaner all over the surface of the mat and gently wipe it with a cloth.
- Store the DIY yoga mat cleaner in a cool, dry environment.
WARNING! Consider only making small batches at a time. When using homemade cleaning products, you can’t expect them to last as long as store-bought products do. Regular store-bought cleaning products have preservatives in their composition, which extend their shelf life. Your DIY yoga mat cleaner may go bad within a few months, or in some cases even weeks. That’s why it might be important that you use a small spray bottle. If you start seeing anything suspicious on the surface of the yoga mat cleaner, refrain from using it and consider making a new batch.
EFFECTIVE YOGA MAT CLEANING
Did you know? Bacteria thrive and develop in the warm, moist conditions that yoga induces. Practicing yoga on a dirty mat is unhygienic and may lead to further problems.
Now that you have the recipe and instructions for the DIY yoga mat cleaner, there are a few more important things I would like to share with you to ensure that your yoga mat stays clean.
When you roll your yoga mat, the floor- or back side of the mat (a.k.a. the dirty side), directly touches the front side of the mat (a.k.a. the clean side). (see picture above) Therefore, it might be a good idea to consider cleaning your yoga mat after you roll it out, right before you practice, and not (only) after you finish practicing, to ensure that the front side is clean while you’re actually practicing.
OR: an alternative option to rolling your yoga mat would be that you fold it in half repeatedly (see picture below) so that the front side of the mat does not touch the floor side of the mat.
A high-quality yoga mat like Manduka Pro, Manduka ProLite, or Manduka eKo prevents absorption into the mat due to its closed-cell surface, which makes it much easier to maintain the mat clean in the long run. Unlike other yoga mats, these mats do NOT require machine-washing and will not break down quickly. If you don’t want to worry much about the health of your yoga mat, you should consider buying a Manduka mat!
Making your own yoga mat cleaner is a safe, budget-friendly, and low-waste way to clean your yoga mat. Remember to clean the mat regularly and keep in mind the effective cleaning practices I shared above.
Would love to hear your thoughts and questions in the comments below!