How to Make Your Own Mat Cleaner

How to Make Your Own Mat Cleaner
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Love DIY? Here is How to Make Your Own Mat Cleaner.

For the ultra-hygienic among us, you’re probably wondering how to keep your new yoga mat all sparkly and clean.
There are some great yoga mat cleaners you can whip up yourself for pennies.

First, let me remind you to NEVER use SOAP on your yoga mat.

Most yoga mat material is highly absorbent and even when your soap solution is greatly diluted, it will come back to haunt you as soon as even a little sweat forms on your hands and feet.

Likewise, DO NOT USE anything with a commercial perfume, unless you REALLY like that particular fragrance. Again, the mat will absorb the perfume and play it over and over again for you.

Here are two DIY yoga mat cleaner formulas below. Most homemade yoga mat cleaners have some combination of the ingredients in these two recipes. Don’t be afraid to try your own combination!

Simple Homemade Mat Cleaner #1

What you’ll need:

  • Spray bottle
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Tea tree oil
  • Your favorite scent of essential oil (optional)

To mix:

  • Combine a 3-to-1 ratio of water to vinegar in a spray bottle.
  • Add 1 tsp of tea tree oil and a few drops of your fave essential oil.
  • Now you have your own homemade yoga mat cleaner…easy!

Simple Homemade Mat Cleaner #2

What you’ll need:

  • Spray bottle
  • Witch hazel
  • Water
  • Tea tree oil
  • Your favorite scent of essential oil (optional)

To mix:

  • Combine a 3-to-1 ratio of water to witch hazel in a spray bottle.
  • Add 1 tsp of tea tree oil and a few drops of your fave essential oil.

If you’re NOT a DIYer, you can get some pretty nice, inexpensive formulas online these days. Like this mat cleaner made by family-run Aurorae, which you can find at amazon.com. It even claims to prolong the life of your mat. (I’m not a good judge of that because I use the Manduka Pro Black Mat, which is pretty much indestructible.)

Its ingredients include: Saponified organic oils of coconut, olive and jojoba, natural essential oil blend (cedarwood, lemongrass, eucalyptus, American lavandin) organic aloe vera and rosemary extract. Pretty nice.

Go easy on any of these sprays when you use them. Remember the build-up effect. Over the long haul, any substance on your mat will alter the feel of it since it’s an absorbent material. A light once-over is all you need, and then wipe with a microfiber towel and let air dry.

I know other people who’ve used this mat cleaner by Manduka (called Mat Restore) and they like it. It includes ingredients such as bergamot, frankincense, patchouli, geranium rose, clary sage and gingergrass essential oils, depending on the fragrance you choose. I used it a long time ago and didn’t notice much in the way of cleaning going on but mostly these sprays are meant to disinfect and deodorize surfaces rather than clean dirt off.

Yoginology Yoga Mat Cleaner gets rave reviews on amazon.com and comes in a bigger bottle. It ships free on amazon Prime (a great deal if you order a lot on amazon). Cleansing Yoga Mat Spray by Yoginology claims it’s the number one yoga mat cleaner on the planet and offers a guarantee—love it or your money back. Its reviewers love the fragrance (it smells like citrus).

Here’s a whole page of great mat cleaners on amazon.com. The prices are all good (although you’ll still spend more than if you make your own) so if do-it-yourself ain’t your thang, this there are plenty to choose from.

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