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DIY Cleaning Solution For Yoga Mats And Other Athletic Gear

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Green Clean | 0 comments

DIY Cleaning Solution For Yoga Mats And Other Athletic Gear

A few years ago, I noticed a yoga mat cleaning spray in a store. It sounded like a good idea, but the spray was $8 for a tiny bottle and I didn’t see any need to spend that much to clean something that cost me $15.

However, the idea stuck with me and recently, my yoga mat was in need of a good cleaning so I started looking for a way to make a low-cost cleaning solution.

The spray needed to be anti-bacterial, cleansing without soap which could make it slippery and it had to have a pleasant smell in case the scent was left after rinsing.

As it turns out, a variation on the all-purpose cleaning spray recipe I posted a few months ago fit the bill. This spray doesn’t need the borax, the vinegar can be replaced with witch hazel if you prefer and I reduced the quantity since a small spray bottle will go a long way. Any essential oils with anti-bacterial properties will work for this spray. Some common anti-bacterial oils are lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint and lemon.

To clean the mat, spray the solution on one side of the yoga mat and then wipe it down with a damp cloth. Repeat on the other side. If you have the time, hang the mat to dry, which will take 5 to 10 minutes.

I also used the spray to clean my shin guards by spraying the cleaning solution on them and washing the shin guards in a sink full of warm water and a little baking soda (the deodorizing quality of baking soda is great for athletic gear). After rinsing the shin guards with water, I hung them to dry.

Sport Spray
This antibacterial cleaner is a great way to clean yoga mats and other athletic gear.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup distilled water
  2. 2 tablespoons witch hazel
  3. 4 drops anti-bacterial essential oil
Instructions
  1. Mix the ingredients together and put them into a spray bottle.
  2. Spray the mixture onto a yoga mat or other athletic gear, then wipe off with a damp cloth.
Notes
  1. Makes 4 ounces.
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Kim is an eco enthusiast who tries to make small changes that will add up and make a difference.

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