Yoga mats are an essential tool for yoga practitioners, providing a stable and supportive platform–both physically and mentally–in which to practice. Yoga mats provide traction that helps keep hands and feet where you want them, yet can accumulate sweat, dirt, and other residue over time. To get the most out of your yoga practice it is important to properly clean your mat; however, many commercial cleaners are expensive, contain strange chemicals, and often leave an unpleasant smell. The good news is that you can make your own natural yoga mat cleaner without breaking the bank. Not only does making your own natural cleaner keep the cost down, but it also allows you to tailor the scent to whatever suits you best.
• 1/2 cup white vinegar
• 1/4 cup baking soda
• 15 drops of your favorite essential oil. Choose an essential oil that naturally fights bacteria and has pleasant aroma, such as tea tree, lavender, orange or lemon.
1. Combine the vinegar and baking soda in a cleaning spray bottle. Shake well to combine these two ingredients before adding the essential oil.
2. Once the vinegar and baking soda are mixed together, add 15 drops of essential oil and shake again to mix all the ingredients together until you get a homogeneous mixture.
3. Spray your yoga mat with this natural cleaner solution and rub it with a soft cloth or paper towel until it is completely dry. The vinegar will help kill germs while the baking soda will act as a gentle abrasive cleaning agent to ensure deep cleaning of your yoga mat. The essential oil helps fight bacteria while providing fragrant aromas during use that can make your practice more enjoyable!
Supplies Needed to Make the Cleaner
To make a natural yoga mat cleaner, you’ll need the following supplies:
• 1/2 cup of white vinegar
• 1/4 cup of baking soda
• 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol
• 8-10 drops of essential oil (eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree, or lemon oil work well)
• 4 cups of warm water
• A spray bottle with adjustable nozzle.
If you’re looking to purchase these supplies online, white vinegar can be found at most big box stores such as Walmart and Target. Baking soda and rubbing alcohol can be found at any drugstore such as Walgreens or CVS. Essential oils are available through many online retailers such as Plant Therapy and Plant Guru. As for the spray bottle and adjustable nozzle, those can be found on Amazon for around $15.
For people who’d rather shop locally, white vinegar should be readily available in most grocery stores and supermarkets. Baking soda and rubbing alcohol should also be easily accessible through specific department stores that have an associated pharmacy department; ask a store employee if you’re having trouble locating them. Essential oils are usually stocked at health food stores or holistic healing centers in your area. You may want to give them a call ahead of time to make sure they have what you’re looking for in stock. Lastly, craft stores often sell empty spray bottles along with a variety of different nozzles suitable for any size rolling pin; walking into one should do the trick!
1. Gather the ingredients: 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar.
Start by gathering all the ingredients you need for your natural yoga mat cleaner, which include 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar.
2. Add ingredients to a spray bottle filled with warm water.
Get an empty spray bottle and fill it up with warm water. Once that’s done, add in the 4 tablespoons of baking soda, followed by the two tablespoons of white vinegar while stirring constantly until everything has been completely dissolved.
3. Spray onto yoga mat and let it sit for 1 minute before wiping away with clean cloth or towel.
Hold your yoga mat in place and liberally spray the mixture onto all surfaces on both sides of the mat. Make sure you cover all areas though “especially where there’s human sweat residue as this can be hard to come off at times if ignored! Once that has been done, let it sit for a minute or two before taking a clean cloth or towel and gently wiping over each area so there’s no solution left over once cleaning time is up
4. Let air dry (optional step).
Because our homemade yoga mat cleaner does not contain any type of chemical-based cleansing agent, it will not leave behind nasty odors or other unhealthy residues that can harm us when inhaled into our system during yoga breathing sessions ” therefore leaving open the option to skip this last optional air drying step should you please..
1. Shake bottle gently to mix ingredients before each use.
2. Spray evenly and generously over the surface of your yoga mat, making sure to get all sides covered.
3. Wipe down the surface and sides of your mat with a damp cloth or towel.
4. Let the mat dry completely before rolling it up for storage or carrying it away in a bag.
The frequency at which you use this natural cleaner will depend on how often you use your yoga mat and how intense your practice is. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend using this cleaner after every session, but you can also clean it more often in hotter/humid months or if you practice multiple times per day. If kept clean and regularly maintained with this cleaner, your yoga mat should last longer and remain in great condition for many years to come!
Using a natural yoga mat cleaner to clean your yoga mat can have many health benefits. For starters, it is free of harsh chemicals, so you don’t have to worry about inhaling chemical fumes while you’re practicing. Additionally, a natural cleaner won’t harbour bacteria or mildew, protecting your skin and immune system from possible allergies and irritation.
In terms of environmental benefits, making your own natural yoga mat cleaner helps reduce plastic waste. Store-bought cleaners often come in plastic containers that will eventually end up in landfills after the product is emptied. By using simple ingredients like essential oils and white vinegar you won’t be contributing to unnecessary landfill waste.
Finally, switching from store-bought cleaners to homemade ones allow you to tailor the scent to suit your preferences. Mixing tenacious essential oils like tea tree or mint with softer ones such as lavender or rose can create a soothing diy aroma that relaxes your mind and body during practice. All of these benefits make for an eco-friendly and healthier practice any yogi would enjoy!
Making your own natural yoga mat cleaner can be a cost effective and easy process. Not only is it affordable to make with items found around the home, but it requires minimal effort too. Ingredients like baking soda, white vinegar, and essential oils are inexpensive to buy and can all be used in combination to make an effective cleaner. Furthermore, the whole process won’t take longer than a few minutes! Investing in a small spray bottle for application makes it simple yet efficient to remove dirt or stains from your mat. As an inexpensive alternative to store-bought cleaners, this homemade option should become part of your regular yoga routine!
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