I’ve been stepping up my yoga game over the last year or so, and I’m thrilled to notice I’ve gotten stronger and more flexible, and can now do a few things I thought were impossible a year ago. As I’ve gained muscle mass, though, it would seem my yoga mat has started to gain a small, stinky ecosystem. Oops. Time to evict that, pronto—bring on the Deodorizing Yoga Mat Spray!
You can buy yoga mat sprays, and it’s always surprising how expensive they are. I mean… it’s mostly water. Maybe some vinegar. Usually some essential oils and an emulsifier. But… mostly water. If I’m paying $20 for 250mL/8fl oz of something that’s mostly water, that water better be unicorn tears (tears of joy, obviously—I don’t condone profiting from unicorn misery!).
Since a big part of deodorizing is killing stink-causing bacteria, the liquidy bit of this spray is a blend of water, white vinegar, and high-proof alcohol. Vinegar is a great natural deodorizer, and high-proof alcohol is great at kicking bacterial butt. The alcohol also has two added benefits: the first is helping the spray evaporate off your mat quickly so you don’t have to wait too long before you can start your practice without your mat doing a great imitation of a slip-and-slide. The second is it’s negating the need for an emulsifier in this spray; we’re using it to dissolve the essential oils so we don’t need a dedicated emulsifier. You’ll need to shake before use, but it’s mucho better than not using any sort of emulsifier in terms of helping the essential oils stay dispersed while you spray.
For essential oils, I’ve gone with a blend of bright clementine, deep patchouli, fresh fir, and clean eucalyptus. All of these essential oils are fantastic deodorizers, combating bacteria and fungus and leaving behind a lovely, fresh scent instead. I love how bright and juicy this essential oil blend is, with just a wee hint of patchouli. Don’t worry—it’s not strong enough to stick around throughout your entire yoga class and irk your classmates.
You’ll want to make and store this in a 60mL/2 fl oz spray bottle. I went with plastic to avoid any breakage issues, since I know I’ll be tossing it into my yoga bag and leaving it there. Make sure whatever you choose has a good seal on it to prevent leaks, and a nice mister top (as opposed to a squirt top).
And with that—go hit your downward dog with confidence with this spray in your bag! And prepare for your classmates to ask where that awesome smelling bottle came from 😉
Deodorizing Yoga Mat Spray
10g | 0.35oz high proof alcohol (I used 99% isopropyl; I recommend using a clear alcohol that’s at least 60%)
30 drops clementine essential oil or orange essential oil
6 drops dark patchouli essential oil
20 drops fir essential oil or pine essential oil
20 drops eucalyptus globulus essential oil or eucalyptus radiata essential oil
20g | 0.7oz water
20g | 0.7oz white vinegar
Measure the alcohol out into the bottom of a 60mL/2 fl oz spray bottle, and add the essential oils. Cap and swirl to combine. Leave the essential oils to dissolve in the alcohol for at least twenty minutes before continuing.
Once the essential oils have had time to dissolve, add the water, white vinegar, and broad spectrum preservative. Cap, and shake to combine.
To use, shake the bottle and mist the spray over your yoga mat. Wipe it down with a cloth and let your mat dry before using it. Enjoy!
Because Liquid Germall Plus shouldn’t be aerosolized, it’s not a great preservative choice for this recipe.