Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner

A few weeks ago I decided to make a natural yoga mat cleaner. My mat was getting kinda gross….ok, really gross.

I own a Manduka eKO Lite mat, and I absolutely love it. Love, love, LOVE it. Let me tell you….the mat makes all the difference. I started with a plain old mat from TJ Maxx, and while it served its purpose, it also fell apart after about 2 months of solid use. I did a lot of research, asked a couple yoga friends, and finally settled on the Manduka. Sooo happy I did.

Anyway, I’ll tell you more about my mat later, because I’m planning a yoga post. Stay tuned.

Back to the gross mat.

Because it’s a Manduka, I was a little worried about what I cleaned it with. The eKO line is made from tree rubber, so I figured chemicals probably weren’t the way to go. I knew I could buy a mat cleaner, but I figured there had to be another – CHEAPER – alternative. So off to Pinterest I went.

There are a ton of DIY yoga mat cleaner recipes on Pinterest. It’s a little overwhelming, honestly.

I looked around for a while, pulled a few I liked, then went back to Manduka to see if they said anything about how to clean my mat. They recommended a diluted organic apple cider vinegar wash. Which of course I didn’t have.

So I ended up just making my own, from a combination of the Pinterest finds, Manduka’s recommendation, and the contents of my pantry.

I don’t have many pictures, because it’s fairly boring. Just take my word for it – it works. And it was so easy to make, and as a bonus, I can clean my windows with it. My mat smells and looks fresh and amazing, and I don’t have to worry about chemicals. I also don’t have to worry about the dogs getting glass cleaner on their noses when they inevitably smush their faces against the patio door.


Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner (and Glass Cleaner!)

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup distilled vinegar
  • 8-10 drops of lavender essential oil (you could skip this part, but it’ll smell like vingear)

Combine everything in a spray bottle, shake, and there you go!

To clean your mat, just spray it on and rub your mat down with a washcloth. Let air dry. Enjoy your nice clean mat!