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How to Make Your Own DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner

October 10, 2019

Okay, I’m going to ask you a question and I want you to be honest: When was the last time you cleaned your yoga mat? You’re not alone. We’re all guilty! Maybe it’s time to learn how to make your own DIY yoga mat cleaner!

DIY yoga mat cleaner

So maybe your yoga mat is starting to smell like a bag of Doritos that’s been in the backcountry for a few weeks… hey, no judgement.

Or maybe you’re in charge of cleaning the 30+ yoga mats at your yoga studio and don’t want to spend $20 on spiritually-marketed baby wipes or a plastic bottle of something that looks like it should go in your car.

Good news is: you can clean all the mats with safe, simple ingredients that you probably already have at home. You might just need to purchase a few glass bottles if that’s missing from your zero-waste arsenal and you my friend, will be ready to go.

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Alright, let’s make get ready to make your own DIY yoga mat cleaner already!

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Magical Immaculate Meditating Mat Mixture

  • 1 part alcohol-free witch hazel or white vinegar
  • 3 parts distilled water
  • 10 drops of antibacterial/ antimicrobial essential oils

  1. Put everything into a glass spray bottle.
  2. Shake it like you mean it!
  3. Wipe down your mat with a clean cloth.

TADAAAAA…sana!

Your yoga mat is cleaned, disinfected, and alluring you with it’s serene and sweet smell of lavender, the invigorating scent of wild orange, or the refreshing scent of tea tree.

Which ever antibacterial scent you choose, it’s a sure fire method to get you back on your mat and saluting the sun like it’s your officer.

Why should I put my cleaning solution into a glass jar?

Unfortunately, most store bought yoga mat cleaners will come in a plastic bottle. But it’s not recommended since the chemicals in plastic break down, compromising the potency of your powerful oils.

But truth be told, you can put the solution in a plastic bottle if that is all you have. Zero waste is all about working with what you have. Just keep in mind that the glass bottles will allow your essential oils to stay stronger longer and won’t leach harmful chemicals all over your life.

Small dark amber or dark blue glass containers are recommended since sun light, heat, and oxygen can accelerate the expiration of essential oils.

Zero Waste Gift Idea

Purchase a pack of these beautiful cobalt glass bottles and make your all-natural, toxic-free DIY yoga mat cleaner for all those health conscious yogis in your life. I’m sure they will love it!

I’m definitely going to make some of these this holiday season. Less toxins and plastic, more love and savasana. ❤

What essential oils are good for disinfecting?

Essential oils for cleaning your yoga mat

The following essential oils have antibacterial or antimicrobial properties:

  • Cinnamon
  • Citronella  
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint

Tip: I like using the smaller bottles to make my yoga mat cleaner so I can whip up a fresh batch every season.

Seasonal Essential Oil Blends To Try

  • Winter: Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Wild Orange
  • Spring: Orange + Ylang Ylang
  • Summer: Eucalyptus, Lemongrass + Rosemary
  • Autumn: Cypress + Orange

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Please let me know in the comments below if you tried making your own DIY yoga mat cleaner for yourself or your yogi friends.

I’d love to know what essential oil blends you mixed up. 😊

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