All Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner & My Exercise Routine



I feel like so many of my posts have started out with…

“On Facebook, I asked you about x,y, and z and you gave me 5 gazillion suggestions.”

Well, you’ve done it again. Do you charge a fee for this service? Maybe we can put it on my tab… =)

This time, I pestered you for tips on homemade or store-bought yoga mat cleaners.

It turns out there are a million and one ways to clean a yoga mat. Or maybe more. What began as an innocent journey into making my own mat cleaner, turned into a ton of reading and researching online.

There are as many different options as there are opinions on what to use. If you make your own mat cleaner, chances are you have your favourite mix. I think a good place to start when figuring out which mat cleaner will work for you is to check with your mat brand and see what they recommend. The “right” cleaning methods and ingredients can vary a lot from mat to mat.

Of course, I didn’t take my own advice! I started by making my cleaner first, only to find out later from a discussion with my mat brand- Lululemon – that they don’t recommend using essential oils on their mats because it can clog the pores of the mat.

Do as I say, not as I do!

However, I’m in the market for a new mat because my mat is cracking all over the place. The Manduka pro mat (or maybe the lite?) is high up on my list right now since it has a lifetime guarantee and is rated very well. I’m still not sure though.

I went on Manduka’s Facebook page and asked them if essentials oils would clog the pores of their mats.

Manduka: “Well, our mats don’t exactly have pores. We use a closed-cell technology on both sides of the PRO series mats and on the practice side (the one with the sea grass texture) of the eKO mats. Which means, essential oils after a cleaning should be just fine! A few drops in your cleanser is a great way to do both – that’s how we make our organic Manduka Mat Washes.”

good to know! I suggest checking with your mat brand to be sure.


This is what I used to make my mat cleaner:

  • White vinegar
  • purified water
  • tea tree oil
  • essential oil



I did a lot of reading online about various homemade cleaners and most people suggest using white vinegar. I used 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water, but the mixtures can vary a lot. You can also use witch hazel or lemon juice, but I find white vinegar to be more cost effective. If you are concerned about using vinegar on your mat, you can try using alcohol-free witch hazel which I’ve heard also works.

Here’s my yoga mat spray “recipe”

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1 tsp tea tree oil
  • Essential oil (about 10-30 drops depending preference) peppermint, lavender, and thyme are nice, but use anything you like!


1. Place all ingredients into a large spray bottle and shake before each use.

2. Spray down your mat on one side and let it sit for a few minutes. With a damp cloth, wipe it down. Finally, wipe it with a dry towel or simply let it air dry.

3. Repeat on other side.

Thanks to ehow, 3 Healthy Chicks, and Eco Yogini for the tips.

Obviously this isn’t the only solution for cleaning your mat and I will probably play around with different methods at some point!

If you want to give your mat a super deep clean, you can place it in a bathtub with hot water (just an inch over your mat- not a full tub), some vinegar (maybe 1 cup?), and essential oil and let it soak for at least an hour. You can then rub it down on both sides with a soft cloth while it’s in the tub. Rinse it and then hang it on a clothing rack until completely air dry (note: this can often take 48 hours to dry completely, so be warned).

Also be careful with using liquid soap in your cleaner because it can get into the mat and suds can seep out while you practice. Some people get away with just adding a couple drops to a big bottle of water though, so I really think it depends on how much you add.


As for me, I’m still loving the classes that I’ve been doing since my knee injury:

  • Hot yoga (in various styles) 1-2x week
  • Hot Pilates 1x week
  • Yoga with weights 1x week
  • Yoga Spinn (45 mins spin class followed by 15 mins yoga!) 2x week
  • Walking


It’s a wonderful balance of cardio, strength, and flexibility (and might I add, my spiritual practice and emotional well-being). I feel stronger than I think I ever have and I look forward to the variety each day.


My knee has been feeling great for the past couple weeks, so yesterday I finally decided to go for my first run in a month. It went very well and I had zero pain, although admittedly, I felt a bit out of my running groove. Regardless, it felt so good to be out there running again, even if it was just a shorter one. My plan right now is to slooowly build up my running, while still enjoying my other classes for variety. Injuries are frustrating, but sometimes they force us to try new things and discover a passion in other forms of exercise. For that, I’m very grateful.

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1 Faith @ For the Health of It May 11, 2012

Glad to hear that your knee is doing better. Getting back into running after a little hiatus is always tricky – things just don’t seem to cooperate! I’m trying to use that to keep my momentum going and stay “on the wagon” until I’ve completed a half marathon – I’d hate to get close and quit and have to battle it back from square one all over again!


2 shana May 11, 2012

Check out Jade yoga mats. My all time favorite mat…espeacially for hot yoga. The Manduka mats are extremely heavy and a pain to carry after an intense class. And since they don’t absorb I find that I slide around a little. Jade mats are great for hot yoga they grip the floor and are super light to carry.


3 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 12, 2012

Thanks for the tips, I will check them out!


4 Tara May 14, 2012

I have to second this!! I treated myself to a Jade mat for my birthday a few years ago and have never regretted it. I find my hands really “stick” to the Jade in a way that they never did with my Lululemon mat.

It may be hard to find everywhere, but I KNOW that they carry them at Kula Yoga (there’s one in Burlington and one in Oakville) and they are worth the work to track one down.


5 Wendy Melvile May 17, 2012

I third that. Jade Yoga mats are the best. Roots have Jade Mats in their stores now and possibly on-line. At $80 it is well worth the investment. Absolutley no slipping or sliding ever. :-)


6 Sarah Kymberlee May 16, 2012

Also check out “the mat” at lululemon. It’s a mat that doesn’t need a towel and is slipless. It’s my favourite mat. BUT, you can’t use a tea tree based cleaner on it because its an oil based which takes away from the mats ability to absorb your sweat. I use a lemon water cleaner on mine. I love this mat, no slip, no towel, no fuss.


7 Marissa F May 22, 2012

Agreed! Try “the mat”..
The best mat I’ve ever owned and I do a lot of hot yoga.
Also to clean “the mat” from lululemon you just fill the bathtub with antibacterial soap and water and let it sit for a while and then just hang dry the mat.


8 Jenn May 16, 2012

Try “the matt” from lulu!! Its the best.


9 rianne May 17, 2012

I have a Manduka and a Jade, the manduka turns into a slip and slide as soon as I start to sweat (and yes, I waited out the breaking in period).
The Jade is amazing, I never ever slip and I am a sweaty person.

Jade all the way.


10 Catalina @ Cake with Love May 11, 2012

I love the color of the mat, it just screams summer & energy to me!! :)


11 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 11, 2012

I kind of want to take this to the gym to wipe down all their nasty ab mats. *shudder*

I quit going to one gym because it almost got shut down by the CDC because so many people got staph infections.


12 Stepf May 11, 2012

I’ve had my Manduka for three years, and it looks as good as it did on Day One. They’re HEAVY but worth every penny. I was going through 2-3 sticky mats a year before I bought the Manduka.


13 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2012

Ive heard this from so many people. I think if it’s that durable it’s worth it!


14 Julie (A Case of the Runs) May 11, 2012

Do Mandukas slide on carpet? I’m looking for a good mat to do plyo on, and I don’t have hard floors.


15 Kris May 11, 2012

Nope! I use mine at home on carpet and it doesn’t slide around at all.

The Manduka BlackMat Pro is amazingly durable. I’ve tried an “Eco” version at the studio I teach, and I don’t find them as good. Because they’re made to biodegrade, they wear down faster (whereas my Pro mat looks new after 2 years of regular use). I believe that buying something which is not necessarily from eco-friendly materials, but will last a lifetime, is way better for the environment anyway. Not all Manduka’s are created equal! Keep that in mind.


16 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 11, 2012

I’m so glad your knee is feeling better Ange! Maybe a rest was all you needed. Very cool about the no-pore Manduka mats as well. Your cleaner recipe sounds fantastic – I’d love to make a vanilla scented one! I’d probably need tons to mask the vinegar smell though. Hmmmmmm….


17 [email protected] May 11, 2012

Didn’t know you were injured…I have a trapped nerve in my hip and the moment preventing me from running…it’s been a week and a half and I’m missing it but trying new things…strength training and the cross trainer are my new friends and plenty of stretching. It’s given me time to reflect. I was clearly over doing it…you’re right, things like this happen for a reason!


18 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2012

Yea it was an unfortunate incident lifting a huge box of my cookbooks…lol. Never again!
Happy healing…I hope you find joy in new things. :)


19 LizAshlee May 11, 2012

I am loving yoga right now too!! I am so going to make this cleaner…I typically just wipe it down but I would love to have something that kills the germs, esp if I go to a hot class. I only started doing hot classes this week so my mat is safe for now! :)


20 Cait's Plate May 11, 2012

I LOVE the new header!!

And the natural DIY cleaner! That’s awesome.

Also I know just how you feel about being out of your running groove. I slipped two discs in my back last winter and my comeback to running felt so slow and laborious. But before you know it you’ll be back into it and you’ll never remember feeling out of it :) Glad you were pain-free!


21 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2012

Thanks Cait!


22 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 11, 2012

My yoga mat is in our basement with the rest of our gym equipment and while it’s pretty nice for an unfinished basement, it’s still full of bugs and spiders and dirt. I was just sitting on it last night stretching after my workout thinking about how badly it needed to be cleaned. Perfect timing :)


23 Katie May 11, 2012

I have two mat suggestions. The Manduka Pro and the Jade Yoga Harmony Professional Yoga Mat. The best mat for you depends on your practice.

I use a Manduka PRO mat and it is indestructible. Many of my friends have had their Mandukas for years and years and the mats are no worse for wear. The mat also has a great “stickiness” that holds up serious sweating; however, I have noticed that some people also use a yoga towel with their Mandukas during the summer.

I used to use a Jade mat and I loved it. It’s naturally sticky, grippy and cushioned. The natural rubber acts like sponge, so sweat is no problem whatsoever. Unfortunately, it is so natural that it biodegrades (not necessarily a bad thing). Eventually (after about 2 years) my Jade mat started to wear down. I continued to use it for another year, but eventually frequent jump-backs and jump-throughs took their toll. I ended up wearing down the front and back (down-dog positioning) down to nothing. Also, tiny bits of the mat ended up all over the place! After I could not longer use my Jade mat, I switched to Manduka.


24 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2012

Thanks Katie!


25 Katie May 11, 2012

Oh! And, of course, I love your blog!


26 sophie May 11, 2012

what kind of heart rate monitor is that? how much did you pay?

sorry for the questions…i am looking to buy one and am wondering which is best…
i have adrenal burnout syndrome and want to continue exercising without making things worse…


27 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2012

Hey Sophie, It’s a Garmin Forerunner 305 (purchased from costco- sorry I cant remember the price…I think it was $150?), anyways I’ve tried a lot of sports HRM watches before and this is the first one that I have had NO issues with. I couldnt recommend it more.


28 sophie May 11, 2012

Thanks so much :)


29 Yellow Haired Girl May 11, 2012

I’m glad your knee is feeling better!!


30 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2012

Thank you!


31 Debbie Martindale May 11, 2012

I definitely recommend the Manduka mat! We have 2 of the black pro mat in our house – one of each size (71″ & 85″) – that we’ve had since 2006. They are WELL loved and still holding up great! I use them for all sorts of stuff from yoga to plyometrics to abs to a cushion for my weights during resistance training to keep them off the hard tile floor. When we got them originally, I got the longer mat for my husband & the shorter mat for me (I’m 5’6″). In retrospect I very much enjoy the extra length on his mat and use it more than mine, so I’d recommend the longer one if you like a bit more room to wiggle. It is a HEAVY mat to carry around and not cheap, but IMO well worth EVERY penny. And when I start to get fussy about the weight of the mat, I remind myself I’m going to WORKOUT so the weight of my mat is just helping me in my task. :) Hope that helps!


32 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2012

Thanks Debbie, Im glad to hear this!


33 Amy @Health Hungry May 11, 2012

Great tips! I am jealous of your yoga routine – I must get back to mine. I always feel so much better when I am practicing – so why do I deny myself that? I seem to be so all or nothing with exercise… what are your tricks to stay consistent?


34 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2012

I just tend to do what I enjoy and that can change from time to time, which I think is ok too! Sometimes I feel like doing more of a particular activity while othertimes not. I always say listen to your body and what it needs. That being said, sometimes I can fall out of things I love (like yoga!) and it just takes one class to get back into it (or one run, strength class, spinning, biking, swimming, etc)…so I say just do it! The hardest part is showing up.


35 sugar May 11, 2012

oooh thanks for the tips. I need to clean my mat.. soon :)
I love love love yoga!!
I wish I could do it more!!!
they need more classes at my rec center though.. I can’t do the early morning since I’m already at work :(
but yoga rocks!


36 Jennifer May 11, 2012

I’m embarassed to say that I’ve never cleaned my mat (hides face in shame). That’s largely because all of the advice online is so conflicting! I’ll have to get on top of that – thanks for the reminder!


37 Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 11, 2012

So happy to hear your knee is feeling better! I need to purchase a yoga mat, thanks for prompting some discussion on the subject :)


38 Carrie @ Season It Already! May 11, 2012

Um… I feel so gross that I’ve *never* cleaned my yoga mat. I can’t believe I just admitted that. Well, now I know how! Thanks for giving back the advice others have given you!


39 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2012

I don’t think you are alone! :)


40 Christine May 11, 2012

I love my Manduka Pro mat. I got mine from LuLuLemon and I got it in purple :) It’s super heavy though so it wouldn’t be easy to transport to class if you were say, biking or walking. You could do it but it might be a little awkward.

Thanks for the tips on cleaning mats! Think I’m going to have to do a deep clean to mine this weekend since it’s been a while… oops!


41 Juliana May 11, 2012

I dont think I ever thought about yoga mat care this much! I usually just clean with water, no wonder they are never clean. :-) Thanks for the tips!


42 Danielle May 11, 2012

Sounds like a great variety of exercise! Are you able to do it all at 1 place? I love variety… But I belong to a spinning studio which offers spin and gravity – which I love. Doesn’t leave a lot of money for yoga! Though I try to make it to a hot yoga community class every week or so.

I love my manduka yoga mat! Definitely recommend. They are on the heavier side though, depending what model you get.


43 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2012

Right now Im trying a couple places with intro passes, both of which have lots of variety in their classes. It will be a sad, sad, day when my intro passes run out. haha.


44 Kiki Yogini May 11, 2012

The Kino Macgregor mat is awesome check it out – I have one and love it


45 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning May 11, 2012

Thanks for sharing your exercise routine!! I teach classes 4 days a week (and two of those days are back to back spin and bodypump). I try to fit yoga in on two of the other 3 days, but usually it only happens once. And another day I go hike, and the last day is rest.
I would LOVE to add a “mini” yoga class after my early morning Tuesday spin class- i know that everyone would be all over that. Or at least a good 15 minutes of stretching!

You reminded me that I need to really clean my mat. I wish I could afford LuluLemon products!!


46 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2012

No prob :) Yea I find yoga after spin is amazing…it’s crazy how tight the body gets from a spin class!


47 Julie (A Case of the Runs) May 11, 2012

I just cleaned mine this morning using those bleach wipes… oops. Well, they are cheap anyway, and I do plyo on mine so there isn’t a whole lot of sweat going on them… but I’ll keep in mind there is a more natural way!


48 Moni Meals May 11, 2012

As a Fitness Professional, I am loving the routine you have been following. I give you 2 thumbs up.
I am so happy your knee is feeling better too and it is just like you said, a great balance of everything tied in. Best part=mental practice too!

So thaaaaaaat is how you clean a yoga mat properly! haha, I just hose my down. :/ Thanks for the info, will be trying it out.
Have a great day!


49 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2012

Thanks, I appreciate that! It definitely feels like a nice balance.


50 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 11, 2012

Ive had my black manduka pro for over a decade and have hauled it around the world, literally. I have spent thousands of hours practicing or teaching on it, and it still looks brand new. Best hundred bucks, give or take, that you’ll spend on an hour-for-hour return on investment!

I make my own cleaner with a mixture of lavender oil, tea tree oil, and water. <— also makes a great solution for homemade, reusable cloth baby wipes :)


51 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2012

Thanks for your input Averie! I’m leaning more and more to that one.


52 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers May 11, 2012

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I’m dealing with injury now, and it’s so humbling. It’s smart of you to take it slow. I hope to begin running again in a month or so, so I’ll be starting small too!


53 Marty May 11, 2012

I just throw my yoga mat into the washing machine and wash it, then let it air dry. Works like a charm. No oils, chemicals, spray bottles etc


54 Reem May 11, 2012

I absolutely love your blog! I stumbled on it a few weeks back and I must say I even went vegan for a while! It wasnt as easy as I thought, being already vegetarian and all! Plus, it’s super hard to find vegan friendly products in France!

(One thing, i hate the ads that show up on the side! Theyre always showing recipes that don’t fit along with the blog’s healthy recipes!)


55 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 13, 2012

Thank you Reem!
I understand about the ads…I have the same complaints. Might be changing things up this year, we’ll see.


56 Willow May 11, 2012

Great post, once again, Angela! So informative. I never would have considered that essential oils in a cleanser might be a bad thing. I like your recipe, and will definitely be giving it a try – getting a little tired of using the cleanser (pretty sure it’s just vinegar and water) at the studio. Would be nice to spruce things up with a fresh scent! :)


57 Anna @ The Guiltless Life May 11, 2012

I love how yoga-centric your workout schedule is! Mine used to be very similar, though as the weather is getting warmer I am going off hot yoga – happens every summer! Then I get back into it as I start to feel chilly again :).


58 Foodforthoughtlinds May 11, 2012

Hot pilates???? I’ve definitely had my own addition for hot yoga, but had no idea that hot pilates even existed. So gonna be checking that out. Immediately.


59 ash May 11, 2012

I have a purple manduka mat– love it! I strap it to my back and bike to yoga, makes me feel super strong! I do have a lighter yoga mat that I alternate with the manduka.:)


60 Court May 11, 2012

Any thoughts from anyone about the Manduka ProLite? Most people seem to love it, but there are a few very disappointed reviews I’m finding online. I do hot yoga as well, and so I’m concerned about slip factor. I am happy about the weight of the ProLite because I walk 15 minutes to yoga every day. My old cushy mat from a discount store is starting to disintegrate, so I’m interested in paying a bit of extra money and never having to replace my mat. Any ProLite fans out there? Suggestions on where to buy in Canada?
The experiences you share are really inspiring to me, Angela, thanks for continuing to share with us!


61 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 12, 2012

Id love to hear more about it too.


62 [email protected] May 11, 2012

So much great yoga variety! I haven’t been doing yoga lately (I’m not a huge fan of the classes offered at my university) but I might have to start up again. I miss how flexible and strong I was in my own body . . . great encouragement!


63 Carrie May 11, 2012

Thank you so much for this post. The other day I noticed that I really need to clean my mat and I was contemplating buying a yoga mat cleaner…so glad I didn’t!


64 Jessi May 11, 2012

Thanks for the new cleaning recipe!! I usually use water, tea tree oil, and lavender but I like the idea of adding in some vinegar or soaking it in the tub. I teach yoga and I use a Jade mat. Its a little lighter then a manduka, but equally as heavy duty. And it is always eco-friendly. All of my teacher friends swear by either the jade or the manduka – they are both so amazing. Good luck finding your right fit!


65 Madeline May 11, 2012

I like to workout first thing in the morning but I love trying all of your delicious breakfast recipes after I am done sweating! What would you eat before an early morning workout?


66 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 12, 2012

A big banana :)


67 Pamela May 11, 2012

I am such a LURKER on your blog, but I have to say, you have been a HUGE inspiration in terms of my own weight loss and transition to (mostly) vegan eating. Thank you SOOOO much. I read every post. Thanks for this mat cleaner recipe. I lllluuuurrrvvv hot yoga and love my Manduka Pro. No regrets!! xoxoxo


68 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 12, 2012

Thank you Pamela! So happy to hear that!


69 Sarah @ The Healthy Diva May 12, 2012

Injuries suck…but it’s often during these times that we find passion for other things! Love the natural cleaner….vinegar is so versatile


70 Vegyogini May 12, 2012

I’ve been practicing yoga for 8 years and definitely have an opinion about yoga mats. :) I started off using regular sticky mats, but the double-thick kind and I layer 2 of them because I’m bony and need the cushion. I also find that they have the best grip. About a year and a half ago, I got a Manduka and I really don’t like it. I slip badly on it and find that it has absolutely no cushion; it’s hard and heavy. I went back to using 2 double-thick sticky mats. That being said, lots of people in my yoga classes (I do level 2-3 Vinyasa) love their Manduka mats and my closest yoga friend has gone through 3 Jade mats. She loves how the Jade feels, but they keep warping in her car, which is why she’s on her third.


71 Christine Gillis May 12, 2012

The spritual and emotional connection that I’ve made since starting yoga has been life altering. Hot pilates, I’d love to try that one! Namaste!


72 Erica May 12, 2012

All hot yoga & pilates talk has me thinking I need to try one … finally!


73 This Fit Chick May 12, 2012

Great job on the run! Its best to EASE back into things and always feels nice!


74 Alex @ Raw Recovery May 12, 2012

I LOVE my Jade Pro Teal Yoga Mat. It is AMAZING, fair trade, and I believe a little less expensive than Manduka. It’s made from natural rubber and it has treated me very well. Plus I love the color and overall a great buy, in my opinion :)


75 Heidi May 12, 2012

I am a Pilates instructor. The way our machine manufacturer asks us to clean our equipment is with a spray bottle filled with water and 16 drops tea tree oil. That’s it! And good enough to use between clients! So vinegar is unnecessary, if you are not a fan. Adding a few drops of lavender or peppermint would enhance cleaning power and experience, of course:). Sounds like you have a great workout schedule now, I would really enjoy that week! Glad your knee is feeling so much better!


76 Vivian May 12, 2012

I see some people have already suggested it, but look into Jade as well – they’re made from natural rubber. I just got one at the Yoga conference :)


77 Ketapang May 12, 2012

I practice yoga daily and I am in love with my Manduka Pro mat for a regular practice! Usually not slippery, and just the right balance of cushion and firmness. The only drawback is the weight of the mat, but as long as you are not walking miles to practice, you’ll be okay. I also own a Jade travel mat. It is lightweight and great to throw in a suitcase, harder to clean and wears out more quickly. Good luck deciding!


78 Sherry (BTLover2) May 12, 2012

Just wanted to say that I use the exact same thing as a daily shower cleaner. In an effort to cut down on chemicals in my home, I searched for something I could make that was safe and inexpensive. Turns out to be this recipe: 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar and several drops (I use quite a lot b/c my husband hates the smell of vinegar) of essential oil (we use lemon). It’s terrific!! Now you have a product that’s two for one!


79 [email protected] May 12, 2012

Glad you are feeling better. Injuries are never fun but at least you seem to have found other great forms of exercise while you heal.


80 nikki May 13, 2012

I have a Manduka Pro mat, and finally decided to spend the money after I kept shredding my regular $30-40 mats… I use my mat mainly for bootcamp, and plyo exercises so I cannot comment on how it faired for yoga. My sneakers kept shredding the mat, and the lifetime warranty was the selling point for me! I have had mine for about 8 months and have had NO issues! It is well cushioned, and non-slip! The regular manduka is not as cushioned, so if that is important to you I’d move up to the pro.


81 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 13, 2012

Thanks Nikki!


82 [email protected] May 13, 2012

I did’t know that you had the injury… But glad you are better now. Beautiful recipe, I have to make it for my mats. Yoga almost every day sound just amazing! I practice it daily also, and now started to involve my three years old. He’s doing a fantastic job, and it makes me very very proud!


83 Shannon May 13, 2012

mothers day was a nice episode of AngelaRecipes in my house :) LOVED the breakfast/desert strawberry apple cobbler (fresh picked strawberries for the win!) and your cookie-dough balls were a huge hit. Needless to say most of them disappeared in the kitchen before they made it out to the family, but hey, I doubled the batch for a reason. Also made banana soft serve and poured it into gingersnap crust, and think that was one of my better decisions. Thanks for all your help around my kitchen! I’ll tweet a picture of the results if they’re any good :)


84 Pam Bunting May 13, 2012

So glad your knee is feeling better. If you get a chance, can you share what you eat in the couple of days before your half marathons? I’m looking for some suggestions. : )


85 Cate May 14, 2012

Hi there,

Just discovered your blog and it’s so inspirational!! I’m transitioning to a plant-based diet and love yoga too so it’s great to find such a perfect blog for me. The recipes look amazing and I’m going to try a few this week.

Thanks again!


86 Alysha @Shesontherun May 14, 2012

Hi Angela! I’ve been following your blog for years and still love it. I hope your knee feels better. I’ve been battling runner’s knee on and off for about a year and it’s always challenging to stay active while trying to heal.


87 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2012

Thank you I hope yours feels better too!!


88 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 15, 2012

Great tips! Quick question…how often do you find that you need to clean your mat after doing yoga? Mine gets pretty gross even after just 1 class :(


89 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2012

I try to clean it after each class….I swear so much in hot yoga!


90 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2012

LOL I meant to say SWEAT but yes I occasionally swear too. lol


91 Sarah May 17, 2012

Try a Jade mat, they are awesome! All natural rubber, great warranty and tacky as heck(will transform your downdog)


92 Madison August 1, 2012

Hey there! First off, I absolutely LOVE your blog! I’ve been reading it for months and can’t stop pinning your recipes :) I just came across this post…I just got my Manduka Pro Lite mat in the mail last week and LOVE it! It came as a recommendation from my yoga instructor. You have to give it a few times, you know, to sweat into it for it to get nice and sticky but it’s fabulous! Happy practicing!


93 Melany September 11, 2012

What a great idea; my mat always smells so funky!


94 Susan September 15, 2012

Hi Angela, I’ve read this entire thread and am dying of curiosity…. what did you buy, and how do you like it? Please provide a quick update… inquiring minds want to know. Enjoy the weekend! Susan


95 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2012

Do you mean a mat or cleaner? :) I didnt end up buying either yet! hah


96 Susan September 16, 2012

Yes, I meant a mat…. thanks for the update.


97 Nikky September 16, 2012

I’m definitely going to use this on my mat, I usually just use vinegar and water but I love the tea tree idea:)

Healthnut Nutrition


98 karuna November 8, 2012

Great information on clean yoga mat by naturally. I agree that each yoga mat need different methods on washing it. But maybe some of them can used same way


99 Lori November 9, 2012

Great info, however, as a certified aromatherapist I have to tell you that the essential oil brands you have pictured above are likely not therapeutic grade (meaning, they may not have the anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, etc. properties you expect them to).

Essential oils can be a great tool. However, the essential oil industry is unfortunately highly unregulated. Only 2% of the oils on the market that claim to be “pure” or “100% natural” actually are. The ones you can buy at run of the mill health food stores typically are not. I can tell just by smelling the testers, but that ability comes from years of using the good stuff (I have tried “aromaforce” before… not desert essence, but I assume it would be similar).

Seek out oils that have the following info printed on the bottle: the latin name of the plant, the part of the plant used, the country of origin, and some kind of certification (though these are prohibitively expensive sometimes) . You may have to order them online. It took me a while to find a reputable source when I was living in Ontario. The following companies in canada i know to be good: ‘Quintessence aromatics’ (Saskatoon), and ‘True Essence’ (Calgary). They both ship anywhere within Canada (and True Essence is sold in Kingston, ON for sure, probably a few other places). Otherwise you could try ordering from ‘Young living’ (Online).

Good luck!


100 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 9, 2012

Thanks for the info Lori!


101 Amy January 11, 2013

I love yoga and I prefer to wipe my mat down after practice. I previously used mostly water with a few drops of tea tree oil and sprayed my mat. But the tea tree oil eroded the rubber. I noticed you have tea tree oil in your mixture. Is the vinegar harsh and causing slight erosion as well? I just got a brand new Eco Manduka Purple mat and love it. I’ve only scrubbed it with soap and water when it was brand new. Any suggestions for future erosion free homemade spray bottle mix? Thanks, Amy :)


102 Tai January 27, 2013

I have the Manuka Pro Mat and I love it! I use it 5-6 times a week and feel that’s it’s worth every penny:)


103 Rachel February 14, 2013

Just what I was looking for! I’m a beginner in yoga, and I use so many home-made lotions and potions to clean around my home, but when it comes to yoga mats, I’m a little clueless. Thanks so much for sharing, I can’t wait to get started! :)


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105 A February 27, 2013

Do you use distilled white vinegar or no?


106 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 27, 2013

Yes I think it is. :)


107 Diana March 5, 2013


How long does this mat spray recipe last?



108 sarah March 15, 2013

Search benefact! its an all natural cleaner made of of thyme oil. We use it at my yoga studio to clean the mats and we also clean the studio/bathrooms with it.


109 Katharina April 2, 2013

Hi! Just found your blog and love it. Thank you for your tip with this self made mat cleaner. I will try to establish this in one of the studios ;)


110 Mahala Grant-Grierson April 5, 2013

Thank you so much for sharing! I’m definitely gonna have to try this recipe. How was using the vinegar on your mat?


111 Rachel Ashley July 24, 2013

I love using vinegar to clean my yoga mats!

Rachel Ashley


112 EveD October 13, 2013

Thanks for sharing, I’m definitely going to try this; I’ve just been taking mine in the shower with me; soaking in shower gel and rinsing so this should be a simpler alternative


113 Nath Ekanem December 7, 2013

i love this blog , will be at the top of my listed blog



114 Aiva December 10, 2013

I’m renting a mat from a studio right now, but planning to buy my own soon. Any tips on which mat to choose (Lululemon vs. Manduka or other alternatives)?
Anyways – saving this on my Pinterest


115 Natalie January 22, 2014

Loved this post! Vinegar is like liquid magic and should be a staple in every household! :)

You should do a “Yoga Routine” post! Would love all yogis to take a look here:

Much love <3



116 Ashley Parr November 25, 2014

Hi! I noticed the essential oils you used in the blog post above. Just curious if you happen to know if Young Living Essential oils are cruelty free/vegan. Any thoughts on this is greatly appreciated! ~Ashley


117 visit website January 21, 2015

For my spray I used witch hazel (also an antibacterial), tea tree oil and lavender oil. The lavender is not only an antibacterial, but it also smells amazing and helps promote relaxation which is exactly what I want to do when I’m on the yoga mat.

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118 Reena May 8, 2015

Excellent Blog ! I have practiced yoga for over 3 months. It is the best for learn new things for Yoga mats…


119 Thelma Zimmerman December 8, 2015

Fantastic blog! I clean my yoga mat every time after my yoga class. I know it is too often but I think the mat is always dirty. I can`t bare the thought that it lay down the floor. Best regards!


120 Alison December 25, 2015

As long as I use my own mat I have not found it necessary to wash it. I have had the same very inexpensive mat for ten years and it is still flexible, sweet smelling, and has no cracks. Sometimes I think we clean things too much. A good shake and it’s good!


121 Barbara February 2, 2016

I love this blog! So many useful tips.

Cleaning your yoga mat is a must. The girls in my shop make the best organic yoga mat cleaner and each bottle comes with a microfiber mat cleaning towel. We only use the purest essential oils and its perfectly safe for all mats. Pick your scent at

~ namaste ~

Barbara J.
Mom & Yoga Lover


122 CC November 25, 2016

Hi, understand that tea tree oil is toxic to pets & my dog has a bad habit of licking off the floor. Any suggestion on a pet safe substitute?


123 Reeni December 11, 2016

Great natural recipe to try! I am always looking for ways to live a simple + natural life! :) I will have to make this blend and try it on my mat for my next yoga session. Thanks for sharing!


124 Esther April 23, 2017

Hello Angela,

I got myself a eko mat and am just using plain water and sometimes febreeze to clean it. Am scared that the febreeze will ‘harm’ the mat and move on to just water only. Stores mat cleaners are very expensive 😝 Stumble upon your blog about DIY mat cleaning and wondering if the white vinegar are the ones that you use for cooking? Do we need to get organic or normal ones will do?



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