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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.

Purging 101

posted by unsinkablemoo

I know that it’s not yet Spring, but all I wanted to do is reorganize and purge the things in my apartment.  I felt overwhelmed by the amount of “stuff” I had accumulated and my room always felt messy. The problem was too many things and not enough storage.  I tried to tackle it myself but just felt overwhelmed.  Now my room feels much more relaxing and even a bit lighter.

Here are my four easy tips on how to go through your stuff:

1. Get a friend

Having an impartial judge is necessary when you’re looking at sentimental clothing your grandmother bought you for last year’s Christmas.

2. Make a list of Categories

I divided my room up into sections and went through each grouping.  Sections included: yoga, singing, guitar, knitting etc.

3. Put aside the things you want to keep, then get rid of the rest.

Focus on the things you love and need in your life.  Get rid of everything else. Don’t even look at it.

4. Give your stuff a worthy home.

I posted my things on the New York FreeCycle group on yahoo.  It is easy and free and now someone who needed a new duvet came and picked up my old one.  I took the extras to the Salvation Army.

Happy Cleaning!

For more stuff purging ideas, check out these NYC sites:
Google search “How to get rid of your stuff”
Recycle Brooklyn
Recycle This! NYC
Per Scholas