DIY Non-Toxic Yoga Mat Cleaner

DSC03827One of my yoga mats (I have two) was accidently left outside for about 2 weeks during the move. We had some rain  during that time, needless to say, the mat did not look like I would want to put my forehead on it during child’s pose. I am embarrassed to tell you this, I seriously thought of my seemingly endless new homeowner “To Do” list and considered just throwing this older yoga mat away…yikes, I know! Are you still here? You haven’t disowned me for not being a hardcore environmentalist and having impure thoughts?

My point in sharing this is that living an eco lifestyle is not a singular choice we make and then go on with our lives. It takes commitment, not perfection. It’s about making a lot of little eco decisions along the way that compound over time and end up making big difference. So obviously I didn’t throw away a perfectly good yoga mat, I cleaned it!

I made my own yoga mat cleaner and within minutes I was washing my mat in the sun. It’s always easier to wash your yoga mat outside. Below is the recipe that I used.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Cup of water
  • 1 Tablespoon of castile soap (A great non-toxic soap to get all the dirt and sweat off your mat without overdrying or harming it)
  • 5 to 10 Drops of tea tree oil (A wonderful natural disinfectant)
  • Spray bottle
  • Wash cloth


  1. Combine 1 cup of water, castile soap and tea tree oil into the spray bottle and shake it up…Anyone else have this song pop into their head when they read that?
  2. Lay out yoga mat and dampen with water.
  3. Spray mat wash all over your mat liberally.
  4. Wipe down your mat with your wash cloth.
  5. Rinse your mat with more water and let dry in the in sun (the sunlight has great antibacterial power)
  6. When dry flip it over and do it again.

Enjoy your freshly cleaned mat in your next class while unwinding from daily stresses.

What’s your favorite type of yoga? I’d love to know! I’m looking for a new studio in my neighborhood and feeling like I want to give something else a try. I use to practice at an Ashtanga style studio but am feeling ready for a change.



5 thoughts on “DIY Non-Toxic Yoga Mat Cleaner

  1. I was just thinking I needed to hardcore clean my mat during class today…I’m so happy I found this! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Haha I’m glad you found it too! I hope you find it easy to use and that it’ll keep you focused on your breath and not about cleaning your mat during your next class ;)

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