How to Make an All-Natural, DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner

How to Make an All-Natural, DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner by Anna Laurita #TheWellnessUniverse #WUVIP #YogaMatCleaner

DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner: All Natural, Affordable, and Aromatic.

Take it from someone who rolls and un-rolls more than 50 yoga mats daily, they really don’t smell nice, especially in the hot Summer months.

Yoga mats can get pretty stinky from dirty feet and hands, sweat, and the floor. There are many commercial yoga mat cleaners, but some contain chemicals, which would be harmful to the students and can be quite pricey. In my opinion, the commercial cleaners pale in comparison to the DIY natural yoga mat cleaner that I’ll share with you here.

Due to the number of mats that are used at my studio on a daily basis, I needed to come up with something that is all-natural for sensitive hands and feet, antiseptic, due to foot fungus, affordable, and super-effective.

Now, not only do the mats smell great but the yoga studio has a very inviting aroma because of the oils used in the cleaner. You don’t need to limit yourself to just one scent either, I usually keep 3 varieties of cleaners in the yoga mat cleaning area and my students go through them quickly! Currently, in the yoga studio, I have lemongrass, eucalyptus and ylang-ylang yoga mat cleaners – each in separate bottles – to offer my students. I also use the DIY natural yoga mat cleaner on yoga blocks and straps to freshen them up.

Below, I will tell you how you can make this amazing natural yoga mat cleaner yourself. You will need to have the following five items:

  1. 16 oz. Spray Bottle.
  2. Hamamelis Water (also called Witch Hazel water).
  3. Tea Tree Oil.
  4. A Favorite Essential Oil (some options below).
  5. Filtered Water.


Note: You can mix the ingredients directly in the spray bottle.

  1. Fill 1/2 of the bottle with filtered water.
  2. Next, add the hamamelis water (also called Witch Hazel water), until the bottle is about 90% full. Witch Hazel is a plant and hamamelis water is a liquid that is distilled from dried leaves, bark, and partially dormant twigs of Witch Hazel. This special liquid makes a great antiseptic base for your mat cleaner.
  3. Add 8 drops of Tea Tree Oil for antibacterial power.
  4. Finally, add 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Not sure which oil to use?

For A Calming Effect, Choose One of these Essential Oils:

  • Lavender.
  • Rose.
  • Frankincense.
  • Vetiver.
  • Ylang-Ylang.
  • Bergamot.
  • Chamomile.

For A Deep Cleaning Effect, Try One of these Essential Oils:

  • Eucalyptus.
  • Cinnamon.
  • Peppermint (*)
  • Lavender.
  • Tea Tree Oil.
  • Bergamot.
  • Lemongrass.
  • Oregano.
  • Thyme.

(*) Peppermint can serve another purpose often related to dirty yoga mats. This special oil has anti-fungal properties so for high-use yoga mats, peppermint oil can cut down on the chance of foot fungus being transferred via the yoga mat.

If I’m practicing outside of my home studio, I like to take a small bottle with me. Everybody asks “where did you buy that? It smells so good!”

You’ll surely be asked about your DIY natural yoga mat cleaner, too!

A great way to make new friends is to bring an extra bottle of your yoga mat cleaner to your local studio, and give it as a gift to someone (or the studio).

Finally, just last week a student found a whole new use for the DIY natural yoga mat cleaner… One student sprayed this cleaner all over her face and body as a refreshing start to her day after her yoga class. I must admit, she smelled pretty good as she sauntered out of the yoga studio.

Do let me know if you can think of any other clever uses for this all-natural DIY yoga mat cleaner in the comments section below!

– Anna

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