DIY Yoga Mat Spray

Two recipes - one simple and one fancy - that you can whip together using basic ingredients to make your own DIY yoga mat spray.

Yoga mats can quickly get grubby and absorb a lot of sweat. To clean off mucky smudges, deodorise, or disinfect your mat, all you need is a DIY yoga mat spray.

Here are two recipes – one simple and one fancy – that you can whip together using basic ingredients to make your own DIY yoga mat spray.

Illustration: Jo Jackson

Simple DIY Yoga Mat Spray

If you’re in need of a quick fix, this recipe is for you. It requires little more than your basic household supplies and some tap water. Luckily for me, here in Cape Town, our tap water is very high quality.

  • Fill a spray bottle with tap water. Of course you can use distilled water, spring water, or even hydrosol, but tap water is my lazy quick fix.
  • Add 1 to 3 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda (depending on the size of your bottle), which acts as a good odour-eater. 
  • Add 5-10 drops of your favourite essential oils (depending on the size of your bottle).
  • Screw on the lid of your bottle and shake well before every use.

Note: While the bicarbonate of soda completely dissolves in the water, when the mixture evaporates on the nozzle, it can leave a salty deposit that blocks the flow of your spray. Just scrape or rinse off.

Fancy DIY Yoga Mat Spray

This recipe might require a trip to the shops if you don’t have any distilled water or witch hazel lying around, but going the extra mile makes for a great little yoga mat spray.

  • Fill a spray bottle 3/4 full with distilled water, spring water or hydrosol.
  • Top up the final 1/4 with alcohol-free witch hazel or white vinegar.
  • Add 5-10 drops of your favourite essential oils (depending on the size of your bottle).
  • Screw on the lid of your bottle and shake well before every use.

Note: Not everyone is a fan of the strong smell of white vinegar. It certainly makes your spray smell more like a cleaning agent than a stroll through the herb garden, but it’s an excellent ingredient for fighting mat grime.

Tips

  • You can clean and reuse an old spray bottle from your bathroom or kitchen cupboard.
  • If you’re buying a bottle especially for your DIY yoga mat spray, opt for a zero-waste glass bottle.
  • Tinted glass (blue or brown) is better than clear glass as it protects the essential oils from exposure to sunlight.
  • No matter what scents you blend, try to include an antibacterial essential oil in the mix for optimum cleaning. For example: tea tree, lavender, peppermint, lemon grass, eucalyptus, oregano, orange, geranium, citronella etc.

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