Do You Know What's On Your Yoga Mat? Get It Clean the Natural Way!

by Katie Keller

I’d like to introduce myself as the new RbN expert on all things fashion and fitness. As a Modo yoga and barre instructor, I have lots of tips and tricks for busy gals looking to stay fit and fabulous. Expect me to be guest blogging about easy health and wellness tips to incorporate into your every day life. 

Sweaty yoga classes can really take a toll on the condition of your mat and the yogic principle of cleanliness (Saucha) reminds us that a clean mat is absolutely essential to a healthy practice. As a hot yoga instructor, my mat can get pretty gross (sweat, studio floor grime, bacteria), but luckily for you and I there are tons of ways to make an all natural cleaner. 

In starting to make your own cleaner, you may want to consult the recommendations from the maker of your mat. I currently use Lululemon’s The (Big) Mat, which is made with an antibacterial treatment to fend off any germ growth and holds up really well with my current teaching schedule: 

Hot Yoga 3x week
Hot Barre 3x week
Non-heated Vinyasa yoga 3x week

I also have many teacher friends using Manduka or Jade mats.  Manduka recommends a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water to be sponge scrubbed and left to dry. Jade suggests a mild soap bathtub soak, and then leaving it to air dry. 

I learned my All Natural Mat Cleaner recipe from the Modo studio, where we typically combine 1 part white vinegar, and 3 parts purified water (I also like to add in tea tree oil and peppermint/lavender essential oil). 

Mat Spray

  • 5 oz. White Vinegar
  • 20 oz. Filtered Water
  • 10 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
  • 5 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil 
  • 5 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil

1. Pour ingredients into a large spray bottle and shake 
2. Spray down your mat and wipe with a damp cloth
3. Allow it to air dry

If your mat is looking extra grimey, I would also recommend letting it soak in a tub of hot water and a 1 cup of vinegar for about an hour and then leaving it to air dry overnight (not in the sun).

BONUS! This mat cleaner also makes a great all-purpose cleaner for surfaces like vinyl, plastic, laminate, and other durables. So make a bottle and use it around the house, too!

What’s your experience been with cleaning your yoga mat? Do you have a favorite cleaner that you make or buy?