March 15, 2013

Homemade All-Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner


So I have been doing yoga casually on and off for years, and only in the past few months have I gotten pretty serious about doing yoga. I have been practicing for at least an hour a day almost every day for the past few weeks and I feel so great!! I even invested in some really good quality yoga gear. A Manduka PROlite mat (in my favorite color purple!) and some awesome yoga attire from Beyond Yoga and Spiritual Gangster. I soon realized though that along with a lot of great workouts comes a lot of sweat and stink. I had all the gear, but no way to clean it! Instead of going out and buying some fancy, expensive mat cleaner, I decided to make my own.

Here is my simple, all-natural yoga mat cleaner recipe. This recipe also works as a great all-purpose cleaner for around the house and for other exercise gear!

You will need:
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 3 cups of distilled (or perhaps filtered) water
  • about 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil (tea tree oil is known for having antimicrobial properties)
  • other essential oils such as eucalyptus if you want (I didn't add any)
Pour all ingredients into a used spray bottle (such as an empty and cleaned-out Windex or stain remover bottle) and shake well.

Spray down your mat and let it sit for a few minutes. Then wipe it down with a damp cloth and then let it air dry. Don't forget to do the other side!

That's it! Your done! Now go clean that stinky mat of yours!


  1. Thanks for this informative article. Really need this because it's very difficult to clean Yaga Mats at home.

  2. I am so glad that you found this post helpful!

  3. Awesome, thanks Lindsay! I've been going to yoga classes every day, and I don't clean my mat nearly as often as I should. Eep. :)

  4. Yeah! This article was totally inspired by the fact that I definitely wasn't cleaning my mat at all. I was doing yoga everyday and just knew there had to be a way to clean my mat naturally without spending any money!

  5. Wow thank you so much <3
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  6. Really great post to easily clean my yoga mat, thanks for sharing this.

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  7. My yoga mat is in our basement with whatever remains of our rec center equipment keeping in mind its really decent for an unfinished basement's,despite everything it loaded with bugs and arachnids and dirt.I was simply sitting on it the previous evening stretching after my workout considering how gravely it should have been cleaned.Flawless timing :)

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  8. Great recipe! My yoga mat is really dirty. I was looking for appropriate way to clean it. I am so glad I have found your article. Thank you for sharing such a great information! Best regards!

  9. Wow, you are really organized, thanks for all the tips.

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