More Yoga DIY: Make your own mat cleaner

It is shaucha time!

So by now your mat smells funny and you’re too lazy to bring it back home with you? Are you embarrased by the sour stench when the teacher comes to adjust you? Making your own mat cleaner is fun and really simple.

Many cold-pressed citrus oils have both antiseptic and fat dissolving properties

Many cold-pressed citrus oils have both antiseptic and fat dissolving properties

You will need the following:

– Sterilized water
– Essential oils
– A little spray bottle

You can play with it, but start adding just a few drops of the essential oils. Then test it and see how much of a scent you can take (and think of your fellow yoga mates… don’t go crazy on the oils).

The most important part is that you use essential oils with antibacterial/antiseptic properties, such as tea tree, cinnamon bark, clove, fennel, grapefruit, lemon, lime, thyme, oregano, pine, rosemary, etc. Once you find your favorite combination, fill the bottle, and whenever you spray your mat let it dry for a few minutes.

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One response to “More Yoga DIY: Make your own mat cleaner

  1. I have a small aromatherapy practice, and was wondering about this. Tea tree should be good, as it is powerful but has little scent. Oregano and clove undiluted can burn the skin so be careful. I’ve chatted with 15-20 people about aromatherapy, and 2 are allergic to lavender which has strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. Is anyone out there allergic to grapefruit, lemon, or lime? Few object to their scent. I’m getting around to making my own mouthwash with distilled water and essential oils. Has anyone tried that yet?

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