Don’t allow Eu de locker room keep you from your happy place. Make this easy DIY herbal yoga mat spray to keep your exercise equipment fresh and disinfected after class. This will disinfect your mat and keep it smelling sweet and clean. The herbs and essential oils will keep your yoga mat inhospitable to germs, too, with their lingering antimicrobial essence.
Don’t bring home the microbes from the yoga studio floor. Your mat has two sides. One side is in contact with the studio floor and all the people from all the classes that have passed through the studio since your last class. The other side is in contact with your most intimate parts, including the top of your head, your face, and your bottom. When you roll your mat up to take it home, the microbes from both sides of the mat mix. Toss it in the hot car, and it doesn’t take long for those microbes to multiply.
Then there’s the smell
You know the fragrance. Eu de teenage locker room. It reeks of stale sweat, rubber, plastic, and patchouli essential oil. It immediately pulls you out of nirvana and back to reality. After class it comes home on your clothes, in your hair, on your gym bag, and even your yoga mat. This spray will take care of it. You can use the yoga mat spray to clean and disinfect your exercise mat. You can also spritz it in the change room to freshen the air and infuse the locker room with clean, fresh herbs. Don’t let the scent of eu de locker room take away your sense of peace and satisfaction. Use this spray to keep your exercise equipment clean and fresh.
Test it first
Since yoga mat materials vary, be sure to test it in a small corner of your equipment before spraying the entire mat. Discontinue use if there is any discoloration or damage in this test application.
Why use fresh herbs?
Fresh herbs bring more than fragrance to this antimicrobial cleaning spray. They add their own antimicrobial prowess to make your mat inhospitable to nasty microbes. Don’t just drip essential oils into water to clean your exercise equipment. Get garden herbs working on your side, too. If you don’t have a garden you can find sprigs of rosemary, mint leaves, and lemons at your local grocery store. If you don’t have fresh herbs you can omit them in this recipe.
Easy DIY Yoga Mat Spray Cleaner
Just spray and wipe to clean and disinfect your yoga mat after each use.
Yield: 4 ounces
- 1/4 cup infused witch hazel (rosemary sprig, lavender sprig, lemon zest, or peppermint leaves)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon sunflower lecithin
- 10 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- 20 drops Lavender essential oil
- 10 drops Lemon essential oil or lemongrass essential oil
- 5 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
- Infuse witch hazel with fresh herbs from the garden.
- Shake daily for 3 weeks. Strain out the herb and retain the infused witchhazel.
- Pour the infused witch hazel in an 8 ounce glass spray bottle. (I got my bottle here)
- Add water, lecithin, and essential oils. Shake well to combine essential oils with the liquid. The mixture will separate over time. Shake well before each use.
- Spritz the yoga mat after every use with this yoga mat spray. Wipe with a microfiber cloth to remove sweat, grime, and bacteria. Do both sides of the mat — the side that touches the floor and the size that touches your most intimate places.
- Allow to your yoga mat to air dry before rolling up for storage.
The next time you roll out you yoga mat, you’ll experience the clean, fresh smell of herbs and be ready to zone out to your happy place.
Learn more about using herbs and essential oils to make natural cleaning products here.