Keep your yoga mat clean & sanitary with this gentle, all-natural DIY yoga mat spray…
Your yoga mat should be a place of safety and relaxation, but it’s hard to relax if your mat is dirty and stinky – or you’re worried about its safety!
Some studies have found that yoga mats, especially those shared at yoga studios and gyms, may harbor bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus and pantoea agglomerans, a fecal marker (ewww). In addition to bacteria, fungi, and even viruses can also live on moist, unmaintained yoga mats.
During the course of normal use, your yoga mat will pick up dirt, skin oils, bacteria, and sweat, so it should be cleaned on a regular basis. Your face, hands, and body all touch your yoga mat, so it’s important to keep it clean and sanitary.
There are plenty of commercial yoga mat cleaners on the market today, but many of them contain chemicals that you might not want on your mat either – plus they can often be pricey. Fortunately, making your own DIY yoga mat spray is not only easy and affordable, but you’ll also be able to control what’s in it and avoid any chemicals you don’t want.
An all-natural yoga mat spray made with high-grade essential oils known for their antibacterial, antifungal properties can be just as effective at controlling bacteria and odor as chemicals cleaners, and you won’t be putting chemicals on your mat that can then transfer to your skin.
This easy recipe is safe to use around your home and on your skin, and it’s easy to mix up a batch at home and keep it in a spray bottle for use whenever you need it. Just be sure your essential oils are sourced from reputable companies that provide food-grade or medical-grade organic essential oils to avoid any unwanted chemical contamination.
Also, keep in mind that your body may react to different oils differently. Some may even trigger adverse reactions in some people, and some scents may not be appealing to you. Being able to mix your own yoga mat spray will give you more control over what ends up on your yoga mat.
Many essential oils including peppermint, lavender, and tea tree have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties so they are great to include in your yoga mat spray.
The recipe below is great for daily use, and you will also want to deep clean your yoga mat from time to time to keep it clean and sanitary. Feel free to customize the essential oil choices in the recipe below to your own needs and preferences.
Easy All-Natural DIY Yoga Mat Spray Recipe
Ingredients and Materials:
- 1 16-oz spray bottle
- 1/4 cup witch hazel
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
- 3 drops tea tree essential oil
- Filtered water
- Put the witch hazel and essential oils into the spray bottle. Add enough water to fill it to the top. Close the spray bottle and shake well to mix.
- Keep the bottle tightly closed and store it away from direct light.
- Whenever you need to use the spray, shake it well and make sure you spray the entire surface of your yoga mat.
- Wipe the mat down with a clean towel or allow it to air dry completely before rolling it back up.
Recipe Source: YogaPractice.com