Best Yoga Mat Sprays Reviewed & Rated for Quality
Criteria Used for Evaluation
When it comes to the odor given off by the yoga mat sprays, we made sure that, if an entry did have an odor, that it was at least a pleasant one. Fortunately, this was not hard to come by. What became tricky was then trying to find the right balance of intensity of that odor. Because you may think the smell of bananas and cherries is the greatest scent to downward dog to in the history of mankind, but you have to remember, you’re doing this in a big, crowded classroom filled with people. Some of whom may have differing opinions on the matter, and then congratulations, you’ve broken their concentration. Which is to say nothing about your own concentration, since you’ll be face to face with the odor, and must deal with it throughout the lesson.
We mainly focused on natural ingredients for this list of sprays, but that introduced another issue all on its own. Natural ingredients are more likely to cause allergic reactions in some people. As such, one major criterion became the number of allergens that could potentially be in the formula for the spray. Since the nature of a yoga mat dictates that you are going to be as close to it as a person can be to an object, you need to make sure that you aren’t touching a substance that can endanger your life. Speaking of touching.
Most yoga mat sprays stick to eliminating the harmless bacteria that create the pungent scent of sweat and workout and leave it at that, letting the actually harmful bacteria and viruses to run amok unnoticed. This is why a major criterion became the thoroughness by which the cleanser took care of the germs and bacteria left behind on the mats they were used on. Now, with modern technology and chemistry, this has gotten a lot easier for even the amateurs and the underfunded to achieve, but it’s still something we felt the need to judge each entry by, if only for professional courtesy.
If we haven’t made this perfectly clear enough yet, this is something that you are going to be spraying all over a surface that you are going to be directly physically touching with most of, if not your entire body. So, you need to make sure that it’s safe to actually do so. Whether it’s because of the allergens that may be in the ingredients, or perhaps because of the chemicals that might be found and how they interact with human flesh. Just because something is good for an inanimate object does not mean it is good for you. And you should always keep that in mind.
For our final criteria, we looked at the price of each object. With other products, usually, we just judge each product by how they justify costing as much as they do. But with yoga mat sprays, that was not really an issue, because none of them cost all that much. The most expensive one we could find for this list only cost what it did (which wasn’t much) because it was a set of four different sprays. So instead, what is usually the most intense and scrutinous of the criteria became the laxer.
10 Best Yoga Mat Sprays
1. Asutra Natural
Kicking off our list, we have the Asutra Natural and Organic Yoga Mat Cleaner. When it comes to natural, organic cleansers, not just for yoga mats, Asutra is one of the most trusted names in the business. And their yoga mat cleaner spray is easily one of the best items in their entire lineup.
That little name in purple on the front of the bottle isn’t just a marketing gimmick. You’re likely going to be smelling what you use to clean your yoga mat with while you’re using it. So, it’s best that it not only smells good but smell in such a way that puts you in the mood for yoga. This spray gives off a calming aroma of lavender.
This spray is one of the most efficient natural disinfectants on the yoga mat spray market. Simply coming into contact with this spray causes the majority of odor-causing bacteria to disappear within the first second alone. And once you start wiping it down with the microfiber cleaning towel that this bottle comes with, soon the mat will be completely germed free.
Cost and Value
The great thing about these sorts of mats is that they rarely cost anything very expensive. The price of this spray, you’ll find, is considered on the higher end of average when it comes to yoga mat sprays.
Clever Yoga is a bit of an underdog in this department, which isn’t to say they’re unknown, per se, it’s just that they often get overlooked by bigger brands. Which is a real shame, because as we will soon see, this brand can knock it out of the park when the mood strikes them.
Usable on all yoga gear
Not only is this 4 oz. can of yoga spray easy to carry around and even easier to keep in any place close by for when you need it, but you can also use it on way more than just your yoga mat. Pretty much all of your yoga equipment can benefit from a quick spritz of this cleaner spray. From yoga blocks to yoga towels, nothing is immune to its cleansing effects.
Considering one of the most popular yoga poses is a downward dog, which has you putting your face as close down to the mat as you possibly can if you’re going to spray anything on your yoga mat, it stands to reason to make sure that it’s non-toxic. Which is why Clever Yoga went the extra mile to only make this spray out of non-toxic materials that pose no threat to the body when inhaled.
Cost and Value
Like before, we have a very average price for a small bottle of yoga mat spray. And like before, when you consider the deal you’re getting out of it, the already small price becomes even more reasonable than it already was.
Sporting four different bottles and thus four different scents in each bottle, this is one of the most versatile entries on this list, and definitely, one of the best deals you could ask for when it comes to a product like this.
4 incredible scents
We should start this off by elaborating on those 4 scents we talked about, huh? The four flavors that come in this set include cleansing original, energizing citrus, healing eucalyptus, and calming lavender. So, if one scent isn’t to your liking, but you still want a good cleansing spray, then at least one of these bottles is bound to do it for you.
Prolongs mat life
It may seem odd to consider since you likely don’t think of what you do on it to be all that is draining on the lifespan, but indeed, doing anything on top of a yoga mat does something to its lifespan, but that’s where this spray comes in. It doesn’t just clean and disinfects, it also restores and refreshes your cleaning spray.
Cost and Value
Of course, being a set of four different sprays plus the usual cleaning wipe, the price for this one is a wee bit higher than the previous two entries. However, you are more than getting your money’s worth out of it, so if that’s all you care about, then we see no reason you shouldn’t buy this one.
4. Mind over Lather Natural
Though the main problem with this spray bottle is obvious, what with its small size that some may find unreasonably so, that doesn’t change the fact that what is in there is one of the best yoga mat cleaning formulas on the market.
Made with natural essential oils
Not only does this cleaning formula include such natural products as witch hazel and distilled water, but it’s also made with essential oils such as eucalyptus and tea tree oils. And for good measure, this formula contains zero amounts of alcohol, so you don’t have to worry about prolonged exposure to this cleanser drying out your yoga mat and rendering it useless. So, if nothing else, this cleanser spares you that unfortunate bit of irony, at least.
While the scent of these cleanser bottles is often lovely, you obviously don’t want too much of it all over the place. Which becomes a problem when the spray bottle isn’t secure enough, and cleanser starts leaking through the nozzle. Fortunately, unlike a surprising number of entries on this list, this one comes with a spray cap.
5. PLH Yoga Company
One spritz of this on your yoga mat, and a hearty scrub for good measure later, and you’ll find that this refreshing blend of antibacterial, completely natural oils will be all you ever need to cleanse your yoga mat from now on.
Can be used with any mat style
Of course, not all yoga mats are made out of the same materials, and what may be a real life-extending cleaner for one yoga mat, may be disastrous and permanently staining for another. Luckily, this cleaner doesn’t care what the mat is made out of, as it will thoroughly clean them all the same. So, forget the hesitation you feel with other yoga mat cleaners because this one will give you the cleaning you need, no matter what kind of mat you’re dealing with.
Not too pungent
When we have something that smells nice and relaxing, there’s a temptation to share it with those around us. However, what does and doesn’t smell good is, more often than not, a matter of opinion, and some may not be as appreciative of the gesture. Which is why this spray holds back just enough on the pungency of the aroma. So, you can enjoy the smell to your heart’s content, without disturbing your yoga classmates.
Cost and Value
You’ll actually typically find this cleaner bottle for a little over the average price for these bottles, but like the previous entry but in reverse, this is mostly due to its larger size than your average spray bottle of yoga mat cleaner.
6. Saucha Natural
Looking at this, you might swear you’ve seen this type of spray somewhere before. And indeed, you’ve likely seen it in a few higher class hotels with their own yoga rooms and saunas, as this is a much more popular brand of yoga mat spray than many of the others on this list.
Oh no, you’ve only now just remembered (mostly because of the smell) that you forgot to clean your yoga mat before class, and class is right about to start. But most other brands of yoga mat cleaners take too long to dry, which can quite literally trip you up. Well if you have this type of cleaner, don’t worry, as it’s one of the fastest drying entries on this entire list.
Odor-causing's on this list handle odor-causing bacteria all well and good, but when it comes to most anything else, they tend to flounder. But not this cleaner, as it can not only handle odor-causing bacteria but pretty much any kind of bacteria, fungus or mildew that it comes into contact with. And if you got some sweat or dirt on the mat during your last class, don’t worry, as this cleaner will outright dissolve those materials in seconds.
Cost and Value
Unlike other entries, this one comes in different sizes based on how much cleaner you actually want. And like other items that have a size series, there is, of course, a price spectrum born out of it. However, this price spectrum shouldn’t give you any trouble, so you shouldn’t have to worry about it.
This is the kind of cleaner spray you go for when you want excellent quality and thorough cleaning from your yoga mat spray, but at a lower price than the average. So, what do we mean by this specifically? Well, let’s look closer and find out.
Sweat and dirt remover
While it doesn’t outright dissolve and destroy sweat and dirt and so forth, it’s still a lot more effective at removing those materials from a yoga mat than your run of the mill yoga mat. This spray, combined with a nice light scrub, will easily handle any dirt, sweat or grime that it comes into contact with on your yoga mat.
Works on any yoga mat material
The most commonly used materials to make yoga mats are typically PVC or polyurethane, sometimes both at once. And despite how easily combined those two materials are under the right circumstances, there are differences in how they react to different chemicals. Fortunately, the essential oils and other materials used to make this cleaner are suited to pretty much every type of material used to make yoga mat cleaners out there.
Cost and Value
The best part about this item is the price. While not drastically cheaper than the average price, it’s just drastically enough to be worthy of mention.
8. Oxyvibes All Natural
Once again, we’re back to more professional grade yoga mat cleaner, and once more we have a cleaner that actually includes a cleaning rag as part of the package deal. However, that is not the only thing that Oxyvibes has to its name.
Safe for humans as well as mats
It’s one thing to make a chemical cleanser for the yoga mat, but one factor you need to keep in mind is that you are still putting most, sometimes all of your body down on these mats after you clean them. You need to make sure that the cleanser is safe for human skin to touch. This is an area that Oxyvibes’ entry succeeds with flying colors.
Plenty of yoga mat sprays out there are non-toxic, but this is the only one that uses BioPure Technology in its formula. This is a type of chemical compound that helps to safely and effectively remove oil, sweat, and dirt from your yoga mat, and then clean the spots they leave behind. There’s a reason that this is the safe choice directly certified by the EPA.
Cost and Value
This one costs around the same price as the previous entry, if a few inconsequential cents higher or lower depending on the seller.
9. Black Diamond Stoneworks Yoga Mat Spray Cleaner
This yoga mat spray cleaner from Black Diamond helps keep your mat clean, doesn't destroy the material and is safe for you, kids and pets! If these are all of the boxes you want to be checked, then this is the spray for you.
This cleaning spray does not have any alcohol in it, which means that it's a more natural and gentle cleaner. Also, this means that it is a gentle cleaner and is less likely to destroy the material your mat is made out of.
Safe for skin contact
For the most part, you don’t have to worry about receiving any kind of injury or side effect from skin contact with this yoga mat spray. This spray is gentle and is also okay for kids and pets to be around.
Cost and Value
Depending on the size bottle you purchase, the price changes. However, they are all affordable prices.
10. Thrive on Wellness
Don’t think that just because it sits at the bottom of the list, means that it’s safe to overlook this one. We went through a lot of competition in deciding #10, and this one won out. So, let’s see why that is.
Not only is this one of the most portable entries on this list (with one of the best nozzle caps as well), it’s also one of the most versatile. All it takes is 3, maybe 5 sprays on the mat before wiping it down, and that’s all you need. And if you take pilates classes as well, don’t worry about getting a different bottle, because this spray handles those too.
One fear that some people have when using sprays like these, filled with natural ingredients and oils is that natural ingredients and oils can be very allergic. Which is why this formula was carefully constructed out of materials that, while still effective, were also completely hypoallergenic and safe for people to be around.
Cost and Value
You’ll usually find this entry costing a little bit above the average price of a yoga mat spray bottle, but the amount is so marginal it doesn’t really matter.