Make your own zero waste yoga mat cleaner

Make your own zero waste yoga mat cleaner

2nd April 2019

Making your own yoga mat cleaner is better for the planet than buying it ‘off the shelf’ as you can make use of old spray bottles and zero waste ingredients where possible, reducing unnecessary (usually plastic) packaging – yay!

This will also save you so much money compared to buying it ready made, especially if you tend to go for cleaners with more organic and eco-friendly ingredients anyway, which are often pretty pricey.

Yoga mats tend to be a breeding ground for bacteria, especially if you like to work up a good sweat in your practice. This is why it’s a good idea to make sure that you regularly clean your mat. People often find (depending on the kind of mat they own) that regular cleaning also helps to keep it feeling nice and grippy. Plus if your mat is kept clean and smelling sweet, you’ll feel more inspired to jump on it for a bit of a home practice!

Perhaps not the most practical way to clean a mat?

I’m giving you two mat cleaner options here. The first is a lovely lavender and tea tree cleaner which is super quick to make and is perfect if you often use your yoga practice as a time to wind down and relax.

The second is a zesty lemon and tea tree cleaner which is energising and uplifting, but does need a bit of pre-thought as it makes use of leftover lemon peel. Great if you’re an eco warrior and looking to put food waste to good use!

One of the two main cleaning ingredient in these “recipes” is the white vinegar which can be picked up in lots of zero waste stores and is often called ‘cleaning vinegar’ (I got 500ml from Bring Your Own in Nunhead, London for 75p). It can also be bought in supermarkets or online if you don’t have any zero waste stores near you. It’s great at dealing with grubby patches, but in these recipes is diluted enough that it isn’t overpowering.

The other cleaning ingredient is tea tree which is antiseptic and antiviral, plus it smells amazing!

These ingredients make around 500ml of mat cleaner but feel free to adapt the ingredients to suit your needs, or the spray bottle that you have (e.g. if you have a 250ml spray bottle half each of the ingredients listed) 🙂

Relaxing tea tree and lavender yoga mat cleaner

100ml white vinegar
380ml water (filtered if possible
16 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil

Directions: measure out each ingredient and add it to your spray bottle, giving it all a good shake together once you have the top screwed on!

Zesty citrus and tea tree yoga mat cleaner

100ml white vinegar
The peel of two lemons, cut away from the white part in large slices
380ml water (filtered if possible)
10 drops tea tree essential oil

1 week in advance: measure out the white vinegar and add it to a empty jar with the lemon peel, screw the lid on and leave it for a week. The lemon peel will enfuse the vinegar, making it smell a whole lot more pleasing!

Directions: remove the lemon peel from the vinegar, adding the vinegar to your spray bottle along with the water and tea tree oil. Screw the top on and give it a shake to mix.

How to use your mat cleaner

I’ve found the best way to use mat cleaner is to give your mat a light spray across the top of it after any vaguely sweaty yoga practice, to keep it smelling nice and fresh (no one wants their mat to smell like feet, right?). Then every couple of weeks give it a more thorough spray, using a cloth to wipe it down and rub off any dirt marks.

I hope you find these mat cleaner recipes helpful and if you do give them a go, please comment below to let me know how you get on. And as always, sharing is caring so if you have a yogi friend who you think will benefit from this post, please send them this way 🙂

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