Our yoga mats can become a breeding ground for bacteria if we’re workin’ them often – here’s a super quick and easy recipe for making your own natural yoga mat spray, using the goodness of essential oils.
Essential oils are my absolute fave.
I use them for everything – to improve my mood (lime), to help me sleep (lavender), and even to boost my immune system (peppermint).
I also recently replaced my perfume with essential oils.
Let’s face it; essential oils are natural, and they smell frickin’ fantastic. I walk around smelling like a damn meadow these days (I hope).
Since I’ve started paying more careful attention to what I apply to my skin and use around the house, I’m actively trying to avoid toxins as much as possible.
I started looking for a natural yoga mat cleaning spray to help look after my yoga mat and keep it fresh, but I couldn’t find one that fit the bill.
So I figured I’d use the plant wisdom of essential oils with antibacterial properties to concoct my own spray – and here’s how I did it.
It’s super quick and easy!
What you’ll need
- Empty spray bottle and hand towel
- Filtered water
- Witch hazel
- Lavender essential oil
- Lemongrass essential oil
- Peppermint essential oil
- Tea tree essential oil
Spray bottle and hand towel: these will be your yoga mat cleaning buds! I got mine from a local homeware store (the spray bottle was designed for hairdressers!).
Filtered water: this will help ensure the blend is purified, keep the spray lasting longer, and will dilute the witch hazel and essential oils.
Witch hazel: this is in the mix due to its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties – you can find witch hazel in most supermarkets in the “pharmacy” section, or (of course) online.
Lavender essential oil: the multipurpose genius oil; it promotes relaxation and detoxification, but also has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiseptic, and antibacterial effects.
Lemongrass essential oil: the gorgeous-smelling citrus oil; it eases stress and fatigue, acts as an antioxidant, and stimulates the immune system.
Peppermint essential oil: the refreshing mint oil; it cools and soothes – especially when inhaled – and boasts antibacterial, antiviral, and insecticidal properties.
Tea tree essential oil: the kil-all-the-germs-in-my-path oil; famous for being an antiseptic, disinfectant, and astringent oil that kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
DIY antibacterial yoga mat spray recipe
- Add 60ml (¼ cup) of witch hazel to your empty spray bottle, and top with the filtered water until it’s almost full.
- Add in the essential oils: 10 drops of lavender, 10 drops of lemongrass, 5 drops of peppermint, and 3 drops of tea tree.
- Close the spray bottle, shake well, and spray it directly onto your yoga mat.
- Wipe clean using your hand towel, and leave the mat to dry completely before rolling it up.
- Use after each yoga session to keep your mat fresh as a daisy!
How often do you clean your yoga mat? Have you ever made your own spray – and if so, which oils did you use? Leave a comment below and share your wisdom!