Make Your Own Yoga Mat Wash

spraying yoga mat with aromatherapy

Unlike gyms, which (to me) smell like a mix of sweat and plastic (ewh), yoga studios have the most amazing, fragrant air that promotes calm and deep breathing before class even starts. It’s called aromatherapy, and it’s the use of scents, mainly through essential oils, to promote health and well-being. Of the hundreds of essential oils available, the ones I’ve seen most often used in yoga are lavender (which promotes relaxation) and tea tree oil (for cleansing), but there are many others.

essential oils

If you’ve ever been in yoga class, moved into down dog, and wondered what smelled so good, it was probably an aromatherapy wash used to clean your yoga mat. Many yoga studios ask participants to clean mats after class in preparation for the next set of students, and it’s often a homemade wash made from simple ingredients, including water, vinegar, tea tree oil (for its antibacterial properties) and any other essential oils you’d like to add. You can bring that therapeutic scent to your home practice by making and using your own yoga mat wash.

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Step 1

 Open Gallerymix water and vinegar in spray bottleMix water and white vinegar in a spray bottle with a ratio of 3 (water) to 1 (vinegar).

Step 2

 Open Galleryessential oils in water and vinegarAdd a few drops of tea tree oil to your spray bottle. Add a few more drops of lavender or another scent, if desired.

Step 3

 Open GallerySpray and wipe down your mat after each use.

Materials

  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Tea tree oil
  • Lavender or other essential oils (optional)
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  1. Charla says:

    FYI…Lululemon tells you to not use tea tree oil on their mats as it breaks down the mat. They suggest using vinegar and baking soda but I add lavendar into it for the smell!

    • kellysmtrimble says:

      Thanks, Charla, good to know!.Tea tree oil is an anti-fungal and ant-septic, but maybe it cleans too well? Either way, I'm with you — lavender is essential!

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