Yoga Mat Cleaner

I recently started practicing hot yoga (Vinyasa), and it's no secret that 95 degrees of heat can really work up a sweat that soaks your yoga mat. After my first session, it became clear that I would have to wash my mat with a little something extra. Vinegar and lemon are my go to for cleaning because they work incredibly well. I offer you my DIY yoga mat cleaner--organic, effective, and waste free in two ways: 

Option 1. I use lemon at home in my water, cooking, baking, and body care products, so I often have left over lemon rinds. Before composting them I use them to infuse vinegar with that lovely citrus scent! Simply place your lemon rinds in a 16oz. mason jar, fill with organic white distilled vinegar, and put the lid on. Wait at least a day before using the vinegar infusion. This infusion can be used as an all purpose cleaner , as well as a yoga mat disinfectant. I've left my rinds in the vinegar for over a month which eliminated the vinegar smell altogether! I've also used orange peels.

Infusing vinegar with lemon rinds.

Infusing vinegar with lemon rinds.

Ingredients: Makes 16 oz. 

1 glass spray bottle

1/2 cup infused distilled white vinegar with citrus 

1 1/2 cups distilled water

The Steps: Combine the ingredients in your spray bottle, and give it a gentle shake. Spray lightly over your yoga mat and wipe down with a towel. Instead of buying single use paper towels for cleaning, I opt for flour sack towels. Any towel besides a paper one will do just fine. 

 How is vinegar effective for cleaning? White vinegar has a PH of 2.0 (acidic) which creates an "inhospitable environment," for microorganisms to grow. Not convinced?  What about the smell of vinegar? Here's the deal, the lemon juice cuts the smell, but if you still detect vinegar, it will evaporate as soon as it dries, so no stress there.

Option 2. If you don't have any lemon rinds or don't feel like infusing your vinegar--no problem! Essential oils can add a lovely scent and bonus--some are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal!

Ingredients: Makes 16. oz. 

1 glass spray bottle

1/2 cup organic distilled white vinegar

1 1/2 cups distilled water

10-15 drops essential oil (lemongrass, peppermint, eucalyptus, orange,  or tea tree)

The Steps: Same as option 1. 

Hot Tip: Washing your yoga mat by itself in the washing machine is a huge waste of water. Buying single use and individually packaged yoga mat wipes isn't a good idea either. If you're not keen on using essential oils on your mat, then a little bit of Castile soap mixed with water is another green option. 

Happy Cleaning!