Yoga mats need a wipe down after a Vinyasa flow practice? Here are our top picks.


Yoga mats are made to last for a long time, but it’s still important to properly sanitise them to make sure they’re clean. This will eliminate odour-causing bacteria, enhancing our yoga experience.

To begin with, there are lots of criteria in choosing the right yoga mat, but since the practice of yoga is a total mind and body workout, sweating is inevitable. One of the criteria in choosing the right mat should include cell construction. A mat with closed-cell construction protects the material from soaking up sweat and moisture, and prevents bacteria from seeping into the yoga mat.

Either way, we’re here to make life a tad simpler for you (and your mats), and so we thought we’d start off with yoga mat sanitisers. We’ve rounded up our favourite sanitising sprays, suited for active individuals looking to keep their yoga mats fresh throughout.

1. Utama Spice – Energizing Yoga Mat Spray

yoga mat spray Utama Spice
Photograph: Utama Spice

With an invigorating blend of only the best ingredients, the Energizing spray is one of our personal favourites. Infused with Lemon, Bergamot and Mint essential oils, the multi-purposed surface sanitiser gets you amped up, and all set for a fruitful yoga practice.

Lift your spirits with a couple of sprays before practice, allowing you to inhale the fresh scents as you flow through your Vinyasa, and a few sprays after, for a deep-clean sanitisation on your mat.

2. Manduka – Gingergrass Mat Wash

yoga mat spray Manduka
Photograph: Manduka

If you’re looking for an everyday-friendly yoga mat spray with the sole purpose of deep-cleansing, the Manduka Mat Wash is a sure winner. The antibacterial property of the cleaner keeps the yoga mat clean and free of bacteria.

For a weekly deep-clean routine, simply spray directly onto your mat and let it work its magic for the next five minutes. After which, scrub the surface with a damp cloth to remove any unwanted stains. This eco-friendly, all-purpose cleaner exudes radiant, warm and earthy aromas.

3. DIY Mat Sanitiser

yoga mat spray DIY

If you’re anything like us and are an essential oil junkie, a DIY project could be just what you need in times like these. The ingredients are simple.

Here’s how to get started:


Equipment:

  • Small spray bottle (preferably one of 2 to 4oz)

Ingredients:

  • Water (Fill to ¾ of spray bottle)
  • White Vinegar (Fill the remaining ¼ of spray bottle)
  • 15 to 20 drops of your favourite essential oils combinations

Shake it up real good, and it’s ready for use! An easy (and cheap) antibacterial cleaning spray that has the added bonus of essential oil aromatherapy – you can thank us later!

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