I love my Jade mat.
When I bought my first Jade about a year ago, I almost thought I was nuts.
Sure, I use my mat nearly every day, but isn’t that a fairly substantial price tag for a relatively small rectangular space?
Needless to say, I don’t regret my purchase in the least. On the contrary, I don’t want to practice on anything else. So, is there a down side to owning a natural rubber mat? Not really—unless you take into consideration that they’re trickier to clean.
Natural rubber acts like a sponge, holding water. The Jade company, for example, recommends using just plain water on the mats or a mild soap when necessary.
Okay…that’s fine and dandy—and I want to do what is suggested, of course—but I practice in a hot Baptiste-style studio—my mat could potentially get pretty funky because I sweat on it like no one’s business—and, quite frankly, I don’t want to put soap on my mat.
Instead, I’ve adapted my original mat cleaner and it works wonders. (And I think it’s a fun feeling to make and then use your own product too.)
Jennifer’s Tea Tree Yoga Mat Cleaner
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1/4 cup of vinegar or Witch-hazel (without alcohol), optional
- 8-15 drops tea tree oil
- 6-10 drops eucalyptus oil (or lavender)
If you own a natural rubber mat, then use less of the oils and do generally wipe off your mat with water. However, I’ve found from my own personal experience that using this recipe occasionally works wonders.
Also, if you’re sensitive to aromas like I am, then never fear—this spray might smell a little strong while you’re using it, but your mat won’t retain the scent.
I hope you enjoy making your own mat cleaner as much as I do. (Additionally, keep in mind that this makes great handmade gifts for the yogis in your life!)
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Ed: Bryonie Wise
Photo: Lauren Rudick