DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner with Essential Oils

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Hey y’all! It’s been a minute since we shared a DIY, but clear off that kitchen counter because this one is easy and essential {har har}! A while back, Katie walked us through different uses for essential oils.  We’ve used them in sunscreen, body scrubs, cleaners and perfumes and today we’ll mix up a potion of DIY yoga mat cleaner that not only cleanses, but also offers the benefits of aromatherapy. I practice on my deck and this DIY yoga mat cleaner cuts through not only my sweat, but also the grime, dust and dirt that builds up on the underside of my mat.

While most studios will have cleansers for you to use after class, I prefer to clean my mat at home. After cleaning, I like to hang my mat on a rack or over a chair for at least twenty minutes so it can dry properly before rolling it up for storage. If I clean my mat in the studio, I never remember to roll it out at home to make sure it dries fully; that’s my brain on yoga drugs. Besides a nice proper cleansing, this DIY yoga mat cleaner is easily customizable. You get to create your own aroma and mood with each batch. Let me walk you through it :

live seasoned diy yoga mat cleaner-1DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner Supplies :

Essential Oil Options :

There’s a few ways to choose your essential oil combos. You can use whatever you have lying around, always a great start, just make sure it won’t cause skin irritation. You could also decide on a particular mood you’d like to evoke or you could go for maximum cleanliness.  The choice is yours – do whatever feels right. Here are some options to get you started :

Calming scents : Lavender, Jasmine, Vanilla, Rose and Ylang Ylang oils.

Invigorating scents : Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Lemon and Sandalwood oils

Antibacterial + Antifungal Oils :  Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Patchouli and Orange oils.

Instructions :

  • The base is simply 3 parts water + 1 part witch hazel. For example, if your spray bottle is 16 ounces, you’ll mix 12oz water with 4oz witch hazel. You could also use vinegar, but I find the scent overpowering for this situation.
  • Next add your essential oils. Start slowly and build since this really depends on the volume of your solution. For reference, I use 10-20 drops per 3oz spray bottle.
  • Simply spray your mat and wipe it clean with a reusable towel or rag, hang to dry for twenty minutes then roll up and store until tomorrow’s practice.

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