Dangers Hiding In Your Yoga Mat! (Tea Tree Oil Can Help)

[ 2 ] August 5, 2013 |

Don’t you just love yoga?  There is something magical about the strong spiritual high combined with the sweet possibility of fitting into those skinny jeans you bought last summer.  And sometimes, the way heat slowly rises in your body.  Well, it is almost as good as some other, let us say, more intimate physical activities.

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But could yoga be dangerous?

I’d never even considered the thought.  What could possibly be risky about the slow moving dance of mind, spirit and body?

But my friend, I’ll call her Sue, had just called, and complained that apparently between her toes, were the red itchy first signs of athlete’s foot.

I told her I was sorry, but that conversation got me to thinking about yoga mats. Didn’t I see Sue accidently step onto mine last week?  I thought I had.  And, I mean, and who knows where her feet have been?

I took a sideways glance at my mat in the corner.  Could virus, fungi and who-knows what-else be hiding in there?

I needed a quick way to make sure my mat (as well as my Sue’s) would remain naturally clean and free of virus, fungi and other hazards.

But, I hate the idea of harsh chemical cleansers that can have adverse and toxic effects on health.  I knew, the old standbys such as Clorox, Formula 409 and spic and span contained quaternary ammonium compounds that could trigger asthma.  And other cleaners contained nonylphenol ethoxylate, that disrupted the hormonal system.

Heck, even Simple Green All Purpose cleaner turns out to be anything but green.  It contains 2-butoxyethanol, a solvent that soaks through the skin and damages red blood cells.

I wanted nothing to do with that.

But there was a wonderful, all-natural and amazing choice – tea tree oil.  This oil from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree of Australia is almost too good to be true.  But there is strong scientific results that show tea tree oil is a strong antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic.

That means most pesky gym germs are destroyed by tea tree oil.  Its antifungal attributes fight mold and fungus that create problems like athlete’s foot and even jock itch.  Tea tree’s antiviral qualities help prevent plantar warts.  And I don’t have to tell you about why you’d want the benefits of the antibacterial and antiseptic qualities.

I’ve now gone to spraying down and wiping off my mat with a wonderful tea tree oil spray that I can make in my own home, and I feel much better.


  • Generic Spray bottle
  • Water
  • 20-30 drops tea tree oil
  • 3-5 drops lavender oil.

How To Make Tea Tree Oil Cleansing Yoga Mat Spray.

Fill the spray bottle half way with water.  Place 10 to 15 drops of all natural tea tree oil into the spray bottle.  Shake well before use.  I love the aroma of tea tree, but some find the camphor-like aroma off-putting; therefore, you may wish to add 3 to five drops of lavender oil to the mixture.

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Use Tea Tree Oil Spray.

Place your yoga mat on a flat surface.  Shake the spray bottle to mix the tea tree oil and other contents.  Spray down the surface with the tea tree oil mixture and wipe with a cleaning towel.  Repeat the process on the opposite side of the mat.

Hang your yoga mat over a shower rod to air dry.  When the mat is entirely dry, roll and store as usual.


The reason you only make half a spray bottle of the mixture at a time is that tea tree oil degrades in light.  When not in use, you may wish to store the mixture in a dark location.

The Tea Tree Oil Spray also works great for spraying down your gym bag and tennis shoes.

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Michelle Glover is one of the world foremost experts on tea tree oil and tea tree oil recipes. She has spent countless hours reviewing products that contain tea tree oil and is the author of The Ultimate Tea Tree Oil Recipe Guidebook.

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