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.

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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!