A Do-It-Yourself Yoga Mat Cleaner Guide
Yoga is a form of physical exercise that does not only encourage flexibility and strength. It also results to impressive mental and spiritual health. As a yogi, your mats always come in handy. But with all the sweat and dust it accumulates over time, it needs to be cleaned more frequently. Below is the most effective do-it-yourself yoga mat cleaner that can help you clean your mats and keep it fresh for your next yoga session.
The Things You Will Need
If you look online, tons of synthetic cleaners can help you clean your yoga mats. However, synthetic cleaners with all its chemical components may cause skin allergies and the like. To ensure your safety without sacrificing the ability to keep your mat germ free, these are the following ingredients that you need to have for a do-it-yourself yoga mat cleaner:
- First, essential oils. This recipe will require lemongrass, lavender, tea tree, and eucalyptus oil. You do have an option to mix and match just a few of these essential oils or use them all together. What can go wrong, right?
- Second, distilled water. Distilled water is water that had gone through multiple processes allowing it to be free from impurities. With the removal of some elements from the water, bacteria cannot survive in it. For this do-it-yourself yoga mat cleaner recipe, the rest of the three ingredients will be diluted in distilled water.
- Third, witch hazel. The witch hazel is composed of several compounds, and are renowned for its antiviral properties and anti-inflammatory properties.
- 16 oz Spray bottle. The spray bottle will serve as your containers for the concoctions that you made. It is very easy to handle, especially when you're cleaning.
How Do You Make Your Do-It-Yourself Yoga Mat Cleaner?
Prepare Your Essential Oils
You can never really go wrong when handling essential oils. However, depending on your preference, some scents may be too strong for you or whatnot, so it is vital to start playing with just a few drops and a few combinations before experimenting on more. For a 16 oz spray bottle you will need:
- 10 drops of tea tree oil
- 10 drops of lemongrass oil
- 5 drops of eucalyptus
- 3 drops of lavender
Preparing the Concoction
Although the term "concoction" can sound a little "witchy," the mixture of all liquid ingredients will do you only good and no harm if you have your oils ready. Here are what you need to do to complete the mixture of the most effective do-it-yourself yoga mat cleaner.
- First, fill your bottle ¾ of the way with the distilled water.
- Second, fill your bottle another ¼ of the way with witch hazel.
- Third, pour in your prepared oil mixture.
- Finally, cover your bottle and give it a good old shake to combine all of the mixtures well.
Voila! You now have your do-it-yourself yoga mat cleaner. This combination may not fill your bottle up to the rim, and that is fine.
To clean your yoga mats, you have to spray the mixture to it generously. You can start by spraying the front part of your mat generously with the mixture, let it sit for a minute or two. Then, spray it again with the mixture, and with the clean cloth, wipe your mat. You should be able to see dirt on your towel. This means the mixture is working well for you. You can repeat the steps up until you get the front part of your mat clean and then proceed with cleaning the back part of your mat. After doing so, it is guaranteed that your mat will look good as new.
The mixture can also be used to clean your house. Just imagine invigorating and inspiring aromas flourishing to your house. It will not only motivate you to do more yoga, but it will give you a sense of happiness and fulfillment to stay at home and enjoy a great time with yourself with the scents.
Given the world, as it is today, there are numerous cleaning solutions that you can buy at supermarkets that can help you with cleaning. Synthetic cleaning solutions may come in handy in cleaning your yoga mats, but sometimes some of its ingredients are harmful, especially when mixed with other chemicals.
That is the reason why a lot of people have turned into organic and much safer options of cleaning solutions by combining distilled water, witch hazel, and some essential oils. With a keen appreciation for experimentation, some came up with even the most effective do-it-yourself yoga mat cleaners, just like what you read above.
November 5, 2020
by: Nancy Murdoc
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