DIY Yoga Mat Spray
You will love this antimicrobial & antifungal DIY Yoga Mat Spray! As a yoga teacher and someone who has a daily practice, my mats require regular cleaning. I’ve used many methods and solutions to clean my yoga mats over the years. I was a big fan of the Manduka Organic Yoga Mat Cleaner until one day I finally took a good look at the ingredients label:
Manduka Organic Yoga Mat Cleaner Ingredients:
- organic essential oils
- chelating agent (phosphate free)
- vegetable oil based surfactant
I quickly realized I could make a better and more cost effective yoga mat spray with household products. The Manduka spray works wonders on natural rubber mats, like the Manduka Pro. However, it has a strong vinegar scent that can be off-putting to some. On mats like the Liforme, Yogibare, and Yoga Design Lab, I needed a more gentle yoga mat spray that wouldn’t eat away at the top grip layer.
So, off I went to do some research and play chemistry in my kitchen. After trial & error, and lots of testing, I came up with a gentle, effective DIY Yoga Mat Spray I could use on any mat.
I’ve been using this antimicrobial & antifungal DIY Yoga Mat Spray for several months and love how customizable it is. I never run out of scent options, even with my little collection of essential oils. It’s a very natural, effective, and gentle alternative to the pre-made and commercial options. I particularly like that I can get a cleaner, residue-free, and nicer smelling result from this spray recipe. And it doesn’t have the harsh chelators and surfactants that are in so many commercial formulations.
When your yoga mat is a little slippery, sticky, feels strange under the hands & feet, or smelling funky use this antimicrobial & antifungal DIY Yoga Mat Spray!
Love this recipe? Have a favorite go-to essential oil combo? Let me know in the comments below!
DIY Yoga Mat Spray
- 16 oz Amber or Cobalt Glass Spray Bottle
- Organic Alcohol Free Organic Witch Hazel Thayer's, scented or unscented is fine
- Distilled Water
- Organic White Vinegar
- Organic Cleansing Essential Oil Like Tea Tree or Eucalyptus
- Organic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Like Lavender, Geranium, or any scent you love. Avoid citrus.
- Make sure your glass spray bottle has been cleaned and dried.
- Fill spray bottle half way with alcohol free organic witch hazel.
- Add 4 oz (or a quarter) of organic white vinegar.
- Add 4 oz (or a quarter) of distilled water.
- Add 5 drops of your organic cleansing essential Oil of choice
- Add 10 drops of your organic aromatherapy essential oil of choice
- Screw the spray nozzle cap onto the bottle and shake vigorously to incorporate all of the ingredients.
How to Use:
- After using your yoga mat, spray the solution evenly over the mat
- Wipe with a soft cloth.
- Allow your mat to dry fully before rolling and storing.
- This solution is antimicrobial & antifungal.
- Avoid using essential oils from the citrus family because they are too acidic and can damage the top layer of your mat.
- Use distilled water so that mineral deposits and residues aren’t left behind on your mat.
- Keep the solution stored in an amber or cobalt glass bottle away from sunlight and heat to maintain the integrity of the essential oils.
- Avoid storing this solution in plastic in order to prevent chemical leaching.
Thank you for sharing, this is such a good idea! I absolutely love that you put the instructions/how to use/and notes with the ingredients – makes it VERY easy to follow!
You’re so welcome! Let me know how it works for you.
Love the recipe! I’m going to make some! Thank you for sharing!
Let me know how you like it!
Thank you for this recipe! I am ordering my ingredients now to try on all of our yoga mats! Can’t wait 😊.
Let me know how it works for you!
I will have to give this a try sometime!
You’re going to love it!
Thanks for the recipe- I need something more gentle than a Lysol wipe to clean my yoga mats. I also love your website- it is simple and elegant. <3
Thank you so much <3 Yoga mats require gentle cleaning, especially the more expensive ones. I think you'll find this one very effective!
What a useful post! I’ve been cleaning my mat off with just a normal cleaning solution for my home, but I hate that I then smush my face into it and inhale all the chemicals. I’ve been looking for a more natural option, so I appreciate this! I also saved it to Pinterest for later use.
Careful with the conventional cleaning solutions as they can be too harsh on the material of yoga mats, especially the higher end mats. I think you’ll find this one much more palatable and effective.