DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner

We’ve all gone to the gym, pulled out a yoga mat, and were greeted with stickiness and the stink of days’ old sweat. Not very inspiring, let alone hygienic. Cleaning your yoga mats and other equipment is just as important as washing your sweaty gym clothes. Bacteria from our sweat sticks to the mat, waiting to be exposed to our clean skin the next time we open up our mats. The good thing is that the solution to your problem is super simple, and even more, can be concocted at home! Here is a list of DIY yoga mat cleaner ideas to try at home!

Cleaning Solution #1

Step One: Mix one cup white vinegar with ½ cup baking soda into a spray bottle. 

Step Two: Pour two cups of warm water into the spray bottle and mix well by shaking until baking soda is dissolved. 

Step Three: Spray solution onto your yoga mat and wipe with a paper towel. The vinegar will act as a disinfectant and the baking soda will help to remove lingering odors. Let the mat completely dry of the solution before rolling it back up and storing it away until next use. 

Step Four: Repeat process every time after use to maximize cleanliness and effectiveness!

Cleaning Solution #2

Step One: Mix 1 oz rubbing alcohol with 20 drops of thyme essential oil (or any scent that you prefer, it is up to you), shake, and let sit for three minutes. 

Step Two: Mix with 7 oz of warm water

Step Three: Spray onto mat or any gym equipment and wipe down with a towel. If you prefer not to use alcohol, an alcohol-free substitute like witch hazel is a great alternative. 

Cleaning Solution #3

Step One: Mix together 20 drops of lavender essential oil with 20 drops of peppermint essential oil, and 20 drops of tea tree essential oil. 

Step Two: Add ½ oz of rubbing alcohol (or witch hazel) to the essential oils mixture

Step Three: Mix 1.5 oz of warm water and 2 oz of apple cider vinegar and shake well

Step Four: Spray onto equipment and wipe down thoroughly until dry before rolling up mat and putting away. Shake the bottle before every use.

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