How to make a yoga mat spray with essential oils

How to make your own yoga mat cleaner using essential oils
You shouldn't smell your mat while in downdog!
Yoga Lifestyle by Charlynn Avery

A stinky yoga mat can be distracting to your practice and is also a sign that your mat is carrying dirt and bacteria that might be dangerous to your health. Try making your own natural mat cleaner with essential oils to safely and effectively clean your yoga mat. Aromatherapist Charlynn Avery explains how below.

An essential oil blend is ideal for making a mat spray. When you make your own, you don’t have to worry about exposure to harsh chemicals or toxic fragrance — either for yourself or others with sensitivities to fragrances and chemicals.

Certain essential oils are used in cleaners and home recipes for their ability to cleanse and purify. Just start with a base of distilled water, and add your favorites of these oils. Here are a few examples:

  • Tea Tree is perfect for safe mat cleaning. It brings a bit of a medicinal aroma to a blend. Tea tree combines well with other oils, so blend away!
  • Lemon or Sweet Orange do a wonderful job of cleaning surfaces. However, these oils should be diluted to protect your mat’s surface.
  • Lavender can be found in a variety of natural cleaning products for both aroma and effect. It makes a great addition to mat spray blends and can carry the effects of savasana home with you after class.

Below is an example of a yoga mat spray recipe combining three great essential oils. Try this one on your own mat, or get creative and swap out some different oils of your choosing.

Purifying Yoga Mat Spray

  • 8 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 4 ounces water
  • 1 spray bottle

Directions: Place water and essential oils in spray bottle. Shake bottle. Spray mat and wipe clean.

About the Author

Charlynn Avery

Charlynn Avery is an aromatherapist and educator for Aura Cacia and Frontier Natural Products Co-op. In her work, she travels around the U.S. teaching about safe and effective essential oil use and is passionate about those powerful oils. Her life’s mission is to empower each individual to be in charge of their own health and healing.  

Ms. Avery has spent her career practicing and teaching in the arena of holistic health and wellness as a licensed massage therapist and aromatherapist and currently holds additional certifications in holistic nutrition, Thai massage, life coaching and hypnotherapy. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and received her additional education through both Carlson College of Massage Therapy and the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.  

Although she loves natural healing, she loves yoga and spending time in nature even more. An avid traveler both for work and pleasure, she can often be found getting her U.S. National Park passport stamped or reading a good book in an airport as she waits to make her next connection.

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