Have you smelled your mat lately? Does it have a distinctive “eau du toe”? Particularly for students who have a dynamic, sweat-producing practice, your mat needs a regular clean. If your mat is losing it’s stickiness, it is starting to smell, or hasn’t been cleaned in a while, you might consider at least giving it a good wipe-down with a cleaning solution, if not a good bath. At Yoga Trinity we have adopted this recipe (thanks Sheila), and it not only cleans our mats, but also gives you an aromatherapy treat! Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle, and for a quick clean just spray and wipe.
- 1 Cup Water
- 1/4 Cup Witch Hazel
- 1/8-1/4 Cup Rubbing Alcohol
- 20 drops tea tree oil
- 10 drops each of lavender oil, rosemary oil and bergamot oil
first published in the Mind Body Messenger newsletter 2009