Essential Oil Yoga Mat Cleaner


I’ll be the first to admit that I can be pretty neglectful when it comes to my yoga mat. Now that I’m typing it sounds awful but other than the odd shake off I tend to let it go. I’m the only one who uses it and I don’t take it anywhere with me since I just have a home practice. That, however, is no excuse and now I really have no excuses since I found a great DIY way to clean it with essential oils.

I’m sure there are plenty of good yoga mat cleaners out there that you could buy already made but if you can DIY with natural ingredients then that’s the way to go.


The best part of this DIY cleaner other than the fact that it’s all natural is that it uses ingredients that have so many other uses so it’s not just stuff you would have to buy specifically for this.


The first option is to use a combination of Purify and Lavender. Purify is perfect for this because it has a mix of oils that are meant to cleanse. It has Lemon Peel, Lime Peel, Citronella Grass, Melaleuca Leaf, Cilantro Herb essential oils. The lavender is perfect for calming and easing tension, which is exactly what you want for your yoga practice!

The second option is to use a combination of Melaleuca, Lemon, and Lavender oils. Melaleuca is known for having anti-bacterial properties to effectively fight germs and bacteria on your mat. Lemon is great for cleansing and can also be very energizing and uplifting.


What you need:

Option One

Distilled Water
Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel
Purify Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Small Glass Spray Bottle
Damp Cloth

Option Two

Distilled Water
Alchohol-Free Witch Hazel
Mealeuca Essential Oil
Lemon Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Small Glass Spray Bottle
Damp Cloth

What You Do:

-Fill ¾ of your bottle with distilled water

-Fill up the other ¼ of the bottle with witch hazel

-Add 5 drops of each essential oil

-Working in sections spray your mat and then wipe down with the damp cloth.

-Let dry and then get your yoga on


-If you don’t have witch hazel you can substitute with white vinegar. The scent is a little more overwhelming though so beware.
-Try not to use plastic bottles as the oils will eventually eat at the plastic and try and make sure to use dark colored glass bottles so that the oils will be protected from sunlight.


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