Tonight The Hungry Wife is getting off topic a little bit. I want to give you a recipe to teach you how to make your own yoga mat cleaner. Not only is it important for us to eat healthy, and expand our horizons through food, but it is equally important to exercise and yoga is a great way to get in shape mentally and physically. I have recently started practicing Anusara yoga, and just went to my first hot yoga class. The room was 90 degrees, and I was feeling great and getting sweaty. This is what made me realize, I really need to clean my mat.
It can be hard to find mat cleaners, as they are not often carried in stores. You can find them online, and they can cost anywhere from $8-$12 for an 8 ounce bottle, but what are they made out of, and how safe are they for you and your mat? Well, now you can take control over your yoga mat cleanser by making your own.
Now you can be free from that funky smell of a dirty yoga mat. What you’ll need is a spray bottle, water, witch hazel, tea tree oil, and essential oils (whatever appeals to you). Tea tree oil contains natural antimicrobial properties, so this will not only make your Yoga mat smell nice, it will also disinfect your Yoga mat naturally. Remember that you’re only using a small amount of your essential oils, so those little, seemingly pricey bottles will be economical in the long run. Most health food stores have essential oils to purchase along with small guides about which ones are safe for the skin and/or which make good cleansers.
Recipe: Yoga Mat Cleaner
Summary: I want to give you a recipe to teach you how to make your own yoga mat cleaner. Not only is it important for us to eat healthy, and expand our horizons through food, but it is equally important to exercise and yoga is a great way to get in shape mentally and physically.
- 1/4 cup water (purified or distilled if possible)
- 1/4 cup witch hazel
- 10 drops tea tree oil
- 6 drops of other essential oils (lavender, lemongrass, rosemary, whatever your heart desires)
- Place all ingredients in your spray bottle, shake and clean!
Some witch hazel products contain 14% alcohol. This will not damage your natural rubber mat, but you can also find witch hazel with no alcohol if you wish to be completely alcohol free. When creating your custom scent, tea tree oil will be the main ingredient in your yoga mat cleaner after water and witch hazel, so when you experiment with your oils, be sure to put that in first.
Going heavy on the lavender usually comes out very pleasant. You can spray onto your mat before or after your yoga class (but if you use it after, your mat will be fresh for each practice). Spray a thin layer onto your mat and wipe off with a dry or slightly dampened cloth or paper towel. If you have time to let your mat dry before you need it again, you can get your mat a little wetter and use a little more spray.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 12
Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)
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