Your yoga mat is there for you when you balance, bend and sweat. You stand on it with bare feet as sweat drips off your brow. As you lie down in Savasana, the oils from your body and any lotion penetrate. It also accumulates dust and dirt during storage in your trunk, closet or shelves. You need a good shower after practice — your mat deserves one once in a while, too.
Most of these specialty products not only offer gentle formulas that clean and disinfect, but some even come with soft microfiber towels that will help promote cleanliness. We have done our research to find some of the best yoga mat cleaners out there on the market so that every vinyasa is completed of a fresh and fragrant surface.
1ASUTRA 100% Natural and Organic Yoga Mat Cleaner BEST OVERALL
This option from ASUTRA is one of the most popular options for all active yogis because it is offered in a gentle formula that uses 100 percent natural ingredients, and it leaves behind a fresh scent that isn’t overpowering. It also comes with a small cloth to ensure that you will always have to tools in our bag to ensure that all of your gear is bacteria and odor free.
||Made from all natural essential oils that are nontoxic|
|Leaves no residue|
|Comes with a microfiber towel|
|Cons||Some find the scent too strong|
|Users have had issues with the lid coming loose while in their gym bag|
What users love the most about this option is that it is composed of ingredients that are 100 percent natural and non-toxic. Ingredients include a myriad of essential oils such as lavender, coconut, olive, tea tree, and jojoba oil. Users love that this product doesn’t leave a sticky and oily residue.
Considering that users will only receive about 4 ounces of solution, the price is just a little bit more expensive than other options out there on the market. However, this solution has a higher concentration of essential oils than most, and it comes with a high-quality microfiber cloth that makes cleaning a little easier, making it an incredible value in our book.
2Mind Over Lather 100% Natural Yoga Mat Cleaning Spray 2nd BEST OVERALL
Mind Over Lather is yet another brand that uses a blend of all natural ingredients that comes in an easy to carry container that is perfect for popping into your gym bag for when you need it. What users love about this product is that it comes with just a little bit more than similar 4-ounce options, and it comes in at an affordable price point that users appreciate.
|Great value- comes with 8 ounces of solution|
|Users love the scent|
|Reinforced cap to prevent leakage|
|Cons||Some users find it difficult to coat their gear with spray because of the viscosity|
There are no drying alcohol agents or hard to pronounce chemicals in this product. It is composed of distilled water, and all of the best antibacterial essential oils such as tea tree, witch hazel, and eucalyptus. The scent of this product is lavender mint, which means every time that you spray it on your gear, it will have the fresh scent of lavender and mint.
This option is just a little bit more affordable than the ASUTRA option. While the ASUTRA product comes with the addition of a microfiber towel, this unit comes with 4 more ounces of solution (about 8 ounces total), and it is offered at about the same price point that will set you back about the same price as a single Saturday class in a studio.
3Aurorae Yoga Mat Wash Cleaner 3rd BEST OVERALL
Each time you set up your gear for a session at a local studio, you are most likely looking to get something different after every class. The benefit of the Aurorae solution is that it comes in a pack of 4, and each bottle has a scent that is catered to achieve a certain state of mind through the use of essential oils. Because it comes in a pack of 4, you get to choose how you will be feeling that day.
|Pros||Offers 4 unique scents to help maintain spiritual wellness as you engage in poses|
|Uses nontoxic, safe, biodegradable materials|
||The use of coconut oil can make surfaces slippery if not completely wiped up|
|Some find the scent too potent|
There is nothing unnatural about the ingredients in this wash. Users can expect all-natural sources such as distilled water, coconut oil, and olive oil. It also has aloe vera inside, which is something that isn’t found in a lot of solution. Adding aloe vera is perfect because your skin is often making prolonged and direct contact with your gear.
The bad news about the Aurorae option is that it comes in at a pretty steep price point. However, considering that you will receive 4 uniquely scented bottles as well as the addition of a microfiber towel to wipe things down this is actually a really great value. Plus, if you decide that you simply want one bottle (as well as the towel) the price tag is similar to the ASUTRA or Mind Over Later options.
4Greener Cleener Yoga Mat Cleaner
Greener Cleener has a very economical price point that is sure to last you a long time. If you want something reasonably priced that is going to kill any bacteria using limited ingredients that will be safe for your mat, this is the ticket.
|Great for killing bacteria|
|Cons||Some users noted a vinegar odor that lingers on the mat|
Ingredients include saponified coconut oil, acetic acid, and a blend of natural oils. Saponified coconut oil simply means that the oil has been heated (usually with water) and has an alkali added to the mixture to give it more soaplike properties. Also, acetic acid might seem a little concerning, but it basically has all of the same chemical properties as vinegar, which is another safe way to clean and protect your gear.
This cleaner has a very affordable price point. It costs about the same as the ASUTRA option, however, users will receive an additional 12 ounces of solution.
5 Manduka Organic Yoga Mat Cleaner
Manduka is another serious solution that is able to kill the bacteria and cut through grime on almost any type of gear. While it doesn’t tout the same level of natural ingredients like some of the other brands, it is still considered to be safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable.
|Great for killing bacteria|
|Cons||Some users noted a strong vinegar odor|
Ingredients listed on this bottle include water, natural essential oils, and a vegetable oil-based surfactant. While it seems that this option has ingredients that may not be immediately recognizable, it is still considered to be safe, non-toxic, and eco-friendly.
This cleaner comes in at a pretty affordable price point that runs about in the middle of the road compared to other brands. What’s great about this option is that users will be able to select a 32-ounce option that will likely last them about the life of their gear, and it comes in at a price tag that won’t break the bank.
6Saucha Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner Spray
This option is perfect for those that like to take their show on the road, and want something that is each to pack into even small gym bags for when you will need it most. It is made from all natural materials out of California and has a pleasant scent that will help you reach your inner calm in your next session.
|Pros||Includes a microfiber towel|
|Users love the lavender scent|
|Cons||Some noted a slightly slippery residue left behind|
This cleaner has no harsh chemicals or alcohol to remove bacteria and dirt from surfaces. Saucha uses a blend of plant-based oils as well as the addition of fragrant essential oils that when used properly will not leave a slippery residue when dried.
Buyers can select between 4 oz bottle and an 8-ounce bottle. The 4-ounce bottle will set users back about the same amount as many of the other options such as ASUTRA. This cleaning option is a great deal because it has a great working solution in a small and compact bottle, and it comes with a microfiber towel with purchase.
7OxyVibes™ Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner
With the picture of a meditating cow on the label of this product, users can rest assure that this product is made from all natural plant-based ingredients that are never tested on animals. Users love this option because it comes in a very compact container that will fit perfectly in the front pocket of a gym bag, and it has a lingering scent that is pleasant, but not overpowering.
|Never tested on animals|
||Some users would prefer a stronger scent|
Users can expect to find all-natural ingredients inside this bottle. Oxyvibes uses BioPure Technology to ensure that the cleaning agents are incredibly safe and non-toxic but also as powerful as removing stains, sweat, and odors. It has a pleasant citrus scent and is a water-based product that is going to be safe on almost all of your gear.
This is one of the most affordable options out there on the market. Users will only receive 4 ounces of solution, but the inclusion of the microfiber towel, as well as the lower price point, make this a really fantastic value.
8Luna Yoga Mat Cleaner
Users like everything about this product- from the sleek and compact bottle all the way to the ingredients. While it does have a few shortcomings that can be a result of not using it properly, this is a great choice to keep all of your gear looking like new and smelling fresh.
|Pros||Users like the smell it leaves on their gear|
|Small container is easy to fit in a gym bag|
|Buyers rave about the comfort|
|Cons||Some users complained of streaking left on their gear|
Luna Lifestyle does not use alcohol-based ingredients. This water-based formula is accented with primary coconut, oil, and jojoba oils, and is punctuated with the scent of geranium, bergamot, and rosemary.
Cost runs about par for the course compared to other similar 4 ounce options that utilize essential oils as their main antibacterial component. This solution in conjunction with the microfiber towel is an excellent deal.
9Black Diamond Stoneworks Yoga Mat Spray Cleaner
Never mind those tiny 4-ounce bottles that only last a few short months, because maybe you want something a little more substantial. The Black Diamond Stoneworks option comes in a quart sprayer, and will last quite some time without costing you all that much money. It may not utilize all of the organic ingredients as some of the others, but this solution is still biodegradable and phosphate free.
|Excellent for removing stains and bacteria from gear|
||Does not use natural and organic ingredients|
The active ingredient in this solution is Ethoxylated Alcohols Surfactants. It may not have the same pleasing ring to it as many of the other brands that utilize ingredients that are more recognizable, but what it lacks in natural components it makes up for in its ability to really get off of the gunk and grime off of your gear while still offering a neutral pH balance that will also prolong the life of your gear.
The most attractive feature of this product is that it comes in at a very affordable price tag. Users can buy a bottle that will hold more than enough solution for an entire class worth of mats and costs about the same as a large pizza.
10Nature Skin Shop Upward Dog Yoga Mat Cleaner
Aside from the cool dog on the label, there is a lot to love about this product. Each batch is made by hand in a small shop in Los Angeles and uses only natural and non-toxic ingredients that are great for you as well as your gear.
|Convenient easy to use spray bottle|
|Different scents available|
|Cons||Some users noted it takes long to dry|
Uses no harsh chemicals such as abrasive alcohol or any chemicals that are hard on your skin. This product is non-toxic, preservative free, hypoallergenic, biodegradable, and most importantly— never tested on animals. Users can choose from a few scents that include lavender, lemongrass and lavender, and orange guava.
Very affordable price point on this cleaner. It comes in an 8-ounce bottle, and it costs significantly less than many of the other options out there on the market that only offer up about 4 ounces.