Everybody should be doing their part to try and preserve the environment, and ways in which we can do this are by using all natural ingredients for cleaning and washing things. One of the things that many people have nowadays are yoga mats, and as we all know they can get dirty fast. If you don’t want to use one of the harsh chemical cleaners on your yoga mat, here are some eco-friendly ways to clean it.
One easy way to disinfect your yoga mat is to use a cleaner made out of water and borax. You just mix together:
-¼ c. borax
-½ gallon hot water
Then just use a spray bottle to spray it on the yoga mat and wipe clean with a wet cloth or towel.
If you want a clean smell on the mat you can mix together:
-1 tsp. peppermint oil
-1 tsp. borax
-1 qt. warm water
This will not only clean and disinfect, but it will also give your yoga mat a great smell to it.
If you are looking for something that you can make out of ordinary household products, you can use:
-2 tsp. vinegar
-1 qt. water
-I tsp. lavender or a nice smelling soap
This will get your yoga mat clean and most people have all these ingredients readily available in their house.
Another good recipe is:
-Lemon or Avocado Oil
Witch Hazel acts as the disinfect and the lemon or the avocado oil will make the solution less astringent.
If you would rather go out and buy an eco-friendly cleaning product, there are a lot more on the market today. One good example is the “Seventh Generation Multi-Surace Disinfectant Cleaner.” It kills over 99.9% of household germs and is made out of eco-friendly ingredients such as Thymol, and Citric acid. They also carry disinfectant wipes that are environmentally friendly, and can be thrown right into your gym bag for easy use.
Clorox also makes a line of products called “Clorox Greenworks.” They carry disinfectant wipes and an “Natural All-Purpose Cleaner,” which is 99.93% natural. Some of the ingredients in the disinfectant are water, coconut based cleaner, and corn oil.
All of these cleaners will disinfect your yoga mat and get it clean for your next class. Just remember that even something that seems as little as using eco-friendly cleaners for gym equipment makes a big difference in the long-run.
Eco-Cycle, “Alternative Cleaners and Recipes” Eco-Cycle
Amy Andeson, “The Best Yoga Mat Cleansers, How to Clean Mats” Suite101
Seventh Generation, “Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner” Seventh Generation
Green works products, “Product ingredients” Clorox green works