Giving your mat a little love can be a beautiful ritual that allows you to be a little creative and add a personal touch to your practice. We are frequently contacted by yogis asking for recommendations on the best way to take care of their Mukti Mat. Our rule is to keep it simple, fun, and maintain a toxic free environment for your breath and asana.
Here’s our fav combo for keeping your mat smelling delicious, looking sparkly and feeling good.
To a spray bottle mix the following:
3 parts water
1 part witch hazel or white vinegar
10 drops of your preferred essential oils that contain antibacterial properties such as tea tree, lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, or eucalyptus. Start with just a few drops of oil as a little goes a long way and too much can make the mat a little slippery.
Spray your mat down, allow the solution to permeate for a minute or two and then wipe down with a clean damp cloth. This process can be a lovely mindful practice, as you become aware of the aroma, texture and movement in cleaning down the mat. It’s important that your mat is completely dry before you roll it up and store it away and best to avoid direct sunlight as this can soften the natural rubber in the mat.
We’d love to hear about your favourite combinations of oils and any other lovely touches to share with our readers.