‘Tis the season for New Years Resolutions, and if my yoga studio is any indication, yoga is a popular New Years Resolution. I will easily confess that I attend fewer classes in January than in December or November due to the flood of new people, turning each class into an exercise in not accidentally goosing the person next to you (yes, this has happened to me—I was on the receiving end. Ack.).

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This disinfecting mat spray is just the thing for the aspiring yogi. With a bit of patchouli its just hippy-yoga enough, brightened up with lavender and bergamot. A bit of rubbing alcohol and vinegar act as disinfectants. It all comes together quickly, and works like a treat.

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You might notice there are no emulsifiers in this spray. The alcohol helps dissolve the essential oils a bit, and when you give the bottle a brisk shake before spritzing, it works well enough without the solubilizer.

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Disinfecting Yoga Mat Spray

10 drops patchouli essential oil
25 drops lavender essential oil
15 drops bergamot essential oil
1 tbsp alcohol (rubbing, perfumery, or vodka)
1 tbsp white vinegar
Water, to fill

Start with a 60mL (1/4 cup) bottle. Swirl the essential oils together in the bottom of the bottle and add the alcohol. Cover, shake, and let sit, capped, for about 5 minutes to allow the essential oils to dissolve a little.

Add the vinegar and top off with water. Cap with a spritzer. To use, spritz your mat after class.

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