Easy DIY Mat Cleaner using Essential Oils

After a class outside on the playground, our Kulae YoKid mats get very dirty. It’s a small price to pay for the joy of truly saluting the sun outside with our students.  To lighten the burden on the teacher, and to add a little spice to the end of the class, consider inviting the students to clean their own mats.

You can make your own mat cleaning solution and bring approximately 10 reusable baby wipe cloths to class for your students to clean their own mats. If there are more than 10 students, ask them to share with their neighbor. The students absolutely love the action of spraying every corner of their mats and wiping in big circular motions. This opens up discussion into the essential oil used in the spray, how it makes them feel, and they can subtly experience the benefits of whichever oil you decide to use. Each oil comes with it’s own benefit.

essential_oilsLavendar is a calming oil, is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to help heal minor burns and bug bites. Lavender may be useful for treating anxietyinsomniadepression, and restlessness. The Journal of Medical Microbiology found that lavender oil could be very effective in combating the incidence of antifungal-resistant infections

Eucalyptus anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, expectorant, febrifuge, vermifuge, immune-stimulant, antibiotic, diuretic, analgesic, and cephalic (aids concentration). It cools the body in summer and protects the body in winter.

Orange oil has a sweet, fresh and citrus-y scent and tends to be a favorite amongst kids and teens in my classes. Orange oil is used for uplifting, helps to relieve stress, soothe the mind and is often used to relieve anxiety. 

Lemon oil is another fresh citrus-y favorite, recognized for the same stimulating yet calming, anti-infection, astringent, antiseptic, disinfectange, antifungal benefits.

Mat Cleaner Recipe

  • 1 part pure water
  • 1 part vinegar
  • 8-15 drops tea tree oil
  • 6-10 drops eucalyptus oil (or lavender, or orange, or lemon)

Do you have a mat cleaner recipe you’d like to share? Feel free to contact us with questions or comments down in the comments section below!


The YoKid team

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