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

Leave a Reply