Easy-Peasy DIY Mat Spray
Show your yoga mat some much-needed love with this easy mat spray recipe.
Yoga can be a physically demanding activity that makes you work up a sweat. Through all those hot and humid classes, through the highs and lows of your practice, there has always been one constant companion: your yoga mat.
Let’s face it – how often do you really clean your yoga mat? A neglected yoga mat can be a source of bacterial and fungal growth that can lead to infections. While a thorough washing of your yoga mat must be done at least once a week, cleaning your mat after every use with a quick spritz is best to keep bacteria and germs at bay. Here is a simple mat spray recipe that you can whip up at home to keep your yoga mat spick and span:
What you’ll need:
¾C Witch hazel (use vinegar or vodka as an alternative)
Essential oils: See below for EO combinations
Creating the cleaning base:
- Bring water to a boil to kill bacteria or germs that might be present. Cool water to room temperature. Skip this step if you are using distilled water.
- Pour water into spray bottle.
- Add witch hazel. If witch hazel is not readily available, white vinegar and vodka are great alternatives as disinfectants.
Essential oils are a great and natural way to infuse and add scent to your mat cleaner. Some essential oils also contain numerous benefits that halt the spread of harmful microorganisms in your mat
Essential oil bundle from Easy Cures PH
- 10 drops Tea Tree, 10 drops Lavender and 5 drops Eucalyptus
- Tea Tree is used to inhibit bacterial, viral and fungal growth. Lavender is a calming scent and is lauded for its antifungal and antiseptic properties. Eucalyptus is an antibacterial and its scent has long been used as a decongestant.
- 15 drops Lemongrass and 10 drops Peppermint
- Aside from its fresh and invigorating scent, lemongrass also contains antibacterial properties. Peppermint’s scent helps unclog a congested sinus.
- 10 drops Peppermint, and 10 drops Eucalyptus
- In aromatherapy, peppermint is used to help improve focus and concentration. Eucalyptus helps fight mold build up to keep your mat nice and clean.
How to Use:
- Liberally spray the solution on your yoga mat.
- Wipe your mat with a clean towel
- Let your mat completely dry before stowing it away.
Amanda Zabat is one of Urban Ashram Yoga’s resident restorative yoga teachers, helping her students find maximum relaxation. She also teaches FNR and vinyasa classes. She recently opened an online shop selling activewear, Flux Movement.