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Clean Your Yoga Mat!

April 13, 2010

Guerilla Yoga at the Spring Equinox Festival

Have you been participating in some Guerilla Yoga (Yoga Outside)?  Do you have a dirty yoga mat?

Sweat, mud, germs, gym floors and nature can all create a dirty yoga mat.  It’s ok to clean them.  Of course you can buy a mat cleaner, but why bother when you can make an eco-friendly cleaner at home?

There are a lot of recipes out there:

Try one of these:

Mat Cleaner 1

1 part (like 1 Cup) Vinegar with

3 parts Water (3 Cups)

1 teaspoon of Tea Tree Essential Oil*

Combine all ingredients and put in a clean, labeled spray bottle.  Spray your mat with the mixture and wipe with a clean cloth.

Mat Cleaner 2

1 part Witch Hazel (like ¼ Cup)

4 parts Water (1 Cups)

1 teaspoon of Tea Tree Essential Oil*

Combine all ingredients and put in a clean, labeled spray bottle.  Spray your mat with the mixture and wipe with a clean cloth.

*Tea Tree Oil has antiseptic and antifungal properties

In addition to the Tea Tree Oil, you can also add a few drops of another essential oil for scent.  If you practice outside and insects are a problem try adding some lavender or citronella essential oils.

You can also safely wash your Yoga Mat in the Washing Machine!

Use a Gentle Detergent

Wash your mat in Cold Water (separately from your clothes)

Remove before the Spin Cycle

Hang your mat over a clothesline or a shower rod to dry

Of course you can also use a cloth Yoga Rug or a Sticky/Cloth mat combination.

Outside Yoga Circle

I use:  Cotton Multi Shade Yoga Rug in conjunction with Extra Long 1/4” Deluxe Yoga Mat.

When my Yoga Rug gets dirty, I toss it in the washing machine (Cold Wash, Cold Rinse) and I hang it up to dry.  When my sticky mat gets dirty, I wipe it down with a damp cloth, and/or a homemade cleaning solution.

Give them a try and let me know what works for you.


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