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Make Your Own Yoga Mat Cleaner

It’s not surprising that I have my own yoga/Pilates mat. Even before I was a teacher, this was an item that I always invested in. Although I don’t consider myself to be a germaphobe, I just couldn’t get past the idea of putting my face where someone else’s sweaty feet have been. So, I bought a mat.

The truth is, if you’re using a mat in a health club or even in some yoga studios, those mats are not getting cleaned nearly as often as you might think. Unless there is mat spray near the mats, you can bet that those mats are certainly not getting cleaned in between classes.

That’s why it’s important even for non-mat owners to have a small bottle of mat cleaner with them. This way, it doesn’t matter when the mats were cleaned last. With your own cleaner, you can know that you’re practicing in a bacteria-free zone. Here’s a quick and easy way to make your own yoga mat cleaner.

Make Your Own Yoga Mat Cleaner

spray from a spray bottleAccording to many different top posts on Google, the basic recipe for mat cleaner is pretty much the same. Here’s my favorite one from You will need:

  • A small spray bottle (2-4 ounces)
  • Distilled or spring water (3/4 of spray bottle)
  • 2 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 1 drop of lavender essential oil
  • Optional: Witch hazel or white vinegar (fill 1/4 of spray bottle)

Essentially, you fill your spray bottle three-quarters of the way. Then, add your oils. The tea tree oil is crucial because it’s both antibacterial and antifungal. Lavender oil is also antibacterial. Plus, it adds a relaxing scent.

The truth is that you can add any number of oils to your mixture. Yoga International recommends peppermint oil to energize and refresh, wild orange oil to create a fresh smell, lavender oil to quiet your mind, and citronella to further disinfect. Choose any single oil or a combination of them to add to the tea tree oil.

Now, before you finish, decide if you want to add witch hazel or white vinegar. These are both cleaning agents for natural disinfection. Although neither are completely necessary, if I were going to add one, I’d add the witch hazel because it will smell better than the vinegar.

Once you have everything in the bottle, seal it and shake it. Always make sure to thoroughly shake your bottle before using your spray. Generously apply spray to your mat. Then, wipe it dry with a towel.

Make sure to leave your mat unrolled to further air dry. The last thing you want is to get your mat wet and then roll it up because this creates a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

Other Uses

Although this concoction works as a great mat cleaner, that’s not its only purpose. Some people noted that they liked to use the mixture as an air freshener. Depending on your oil mixture, the scents could bring great energy to the room.

Another idea is to use this spray on your pillow. If you have chosen a more relaxing blend of oils, you could spray your pillowcase to help you have a great night’s sleep.

Whatever you use your spray for, please make sure to disinfect your mats regularly.

What’s your favorite recipe for yoga mat cleaner? Do you use it for other purposes? Let us know in the comments below.

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About Sarah Stockett

Hi, I'm Sarah! I'm a certified Pilates and yoga instructor with a passion for pain relief. I believe you can use simple exercises to relieve your aches + pains. AND, I believe I can teach you how.

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