How to Make Your Own Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner

January 3, 2010 · Print This Article

How to Make Your Own Yoga Mat Cleaner

How many times have you been to a Yoga class and it smelled like funk in there after the class? And you found that your Yoga mat smelled too? Well, this video will show you how to make your own Yoga mat cleaner so you can be free from that funky smell. What you’ll need is a spray bottle, water, witch hazel, tea tree oil, and essential oils (whatever appeals to you). Tea tree oil contains natural antimicrobial properties, so this will not only make your Yoga mat smell nice, it will also disinfect your Yoga mat naturally. This homemade yoga mat cleaner is easy to make. Here’s the recipe:

Yoga Mat Cleaner Recipe

  • 1/2 water
  • 1/2 witch hazel
  • 18 drops tea tree oil
  • 6 drops lavender
  • 2 drops lemon grass

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6 Responses to “How to Make Your Own Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner”

  1. Lauren on January 8th, 2010 11:54 am

    Thank you so much! I just opened a yoga studio, made a commitment to use only natural rubber mats, and stay away from toxic chemicals in every way that I can. I have had a hard time finding a cleaner for students to use on the studio mats after every use to cut down on the spread of germs (a definite must). I don't think everyone realizes how much use those mats get! I ordered a cleaner from a site that stated that it was all natural and have been using it- the ingredients are water, lavender essential oil and surfactant. I thought surfactant was fine until I did some research and learned that it's generally the same, even if naturally derived from coconut, as the sodium laurel sulfates that I avoid in all of my personal products. A lot of the recipes I have found offer vinegar as the cleansing agent, which I'm sure works great, but the smell would be too overwhelming with so many people cleaning mats after class. Others say to use alcohol. I was planning on using grain distilled vodka (mixed with water and essential oils), but was worried that it might dry out the natural rubber, cause it to break down and shorten the lives of the expensive mats.
    So I have a few questions:
    How does the witch hazel compare to alcohol, and why use it? What is the benefit vs, just water? Also is witch hazel safe for use on natural rubber?
    Without a surfactant, how will the oil break, spread, and spray once in the bottle, it seems like they may never make a homogeneous mixture (unless the witch hazel helps)?

    Thank you so much for your time! I'll be sure to check out the rest of your site.

  2. Diane on January 31st, 2010 11:27 am

    Thanks for the recipe! I have a question about the witch hazel.
    What I have found contains 14% alcohol as a preservative, except for Thayers non-alcoholic witch hazel which contains Aloe Vera, glycerine, and undistilled witch hazel. As far as I can tell, there isn't such a thing as "pure" witch hazel.
    What is in the witch hazel you use in your recipe?

  3. Melissa Milne-Kerwin on March 6th, 2010 3:54 am

    When I saw this video, I realized I could clean my yoga mat with the same product that I use to clean my masage table. I use Young Living's Theives essential oil spray to clean my yoga mat. Its made of a mix of Rosemary, Clove, Cinnamon Bark and Eucalyptus oils and it smells awesome. It does have a bit of alcohol in it, but it hasn't dried out my yoga mat, maybe because it is combined with the essential oils which balance out the drying affects of the alcohol. i take a wet cloth rag and spray Theives 6-10 times on my yoga mat, then wipe it down with the cloth. It gets rid of those smells, keeps any bacteria/fungus/mold on my mat at bay, and the next time I unroll my mat, I get an aromatherapy treatment! Thanks for the idea! My yoga mat doesn't smell funky anymore! :)

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  5. Jan Wood on September 23rd, 2010 1:11 pm

    My daughter has a couple yoga studios and we were looking for something to refresh the many rental mats used consistantly throughout the day with little time for drying. Also, the area where student mats are stored becomes quite unpleasantly aromatic. I made up the solution above only in the proportions as follows: 20 cups water, 1/2 tbsp tea tree oil, 1 cup witch hazel and 3/4 tsp lemongrass. Because this would not just be used on a personal mat, I increased the water substantially. I used a hard plastic measuring cup to fill the spray bottles. I was surprised to discover the plastic had partially disintegrated and became sticky. As my portion just had an increased amount of water, I was surprised at this result. Has anyone else had this result? Which ingredient caused this or is it just the combination? This reaction to the plastic measuring cup really took me back…Thanks for your info. It does smell wonderful though.

  6. Kristin on October 27th, 2010 8:06 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! I might actually re-post this on my blog!

    I'm brand new to yoga and I just bought a mat and want to make sure I take good care of it. I wanted something natural, and affordable I could make at home. This is PERFECT! Thank-you!

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