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Yoga mats are intended to be a sanctuary of calm and restoration.  Or sometimes they’re just supposed to be a great place to get your sweat on. And they usually are!  But unfortunately, they also often kind of end up being a sanctuary for bacteria and grime. Or, alternatively, a place to spray with noxious cleaning solutions before standing on it with your bare feet.  Not sounding pretty?  I agree! Which is why I’m surprised it took me years to switch to an all natural cleaning spray for my beloved yoga mats.  But since I have, I can say with absolute confidence that I’m never going back.  The key was to find a solution that gets the mat clean enough without wearing it down.

Bonus note: this spray can actually be used as a multi-purpose cleaning solution! I’ve used it in the kitchen, in the bathroom, and on surfaces that get touched often, such as door knobs, keyboards, and railings.

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1. Combine the water, vinegar, lemongrass essential oil, and tea tree oil into a glass spray bottle.  (It’s best not to keep essential oils in a plastic container but quite honestly, I’m pretty sure it’s not going to kill you if you absolutely don’t have a glass bottle on hand.)

2. Shake really well before you use.

3. Spray onto your flat yoga mat and wipe thoroughly with a towel.

For every day use, I just mist the spray onto the yoga mat and then wipe off with a towel.  But occasionally I’ll really clean the mat by liberally spraying the mat with this cleaning solution, scrubbing it down, and then hanging it out to dry for about 30 minutes.