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11 Ways to Recycle Your Yoga Mat (+Cleaning Tips for Your Studio)

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Spring is here! And if you’re anything like me than nothing else feels better than cleaning out your closets, getting rid of things you no longer need, and organizing all areas of your life. After all, your overall well-being is important, especially as you enter the new season.

As a yoga instructor and yoga business owner, I find myself with closets full of old yoga mats that I no longer use. Some of these yoga mats I will donate, but others are a little too hard to save, so I try to come up with new ways to reuse them.

Here are 11 ways you can revamp your old yoga mats into something new and special!

1. Seat Cover for Your Pets

Whether you’re taking your dog to the vet, groomer, or a quick joy ride, having a place for them to feel comfortable is important. By laying an old yoga mat in the back seat of the car, you can help your furry friend from slipping and scratching the back seat.

Now, your pet can practice their own version of Downward-Facing Dog without scratching the seats or slipping around uncontrollably!

2. Play Mat for Kid’s Crafts

Little boy making artworks on art lesson at kindergarten

Let’s face it, kids love to have fun, but sometimes fun can be a little messy. By rolling out an old yoga mat, you can let them play and make a mess without any worry! This is especially helpful if they enjoy playing with Play-Doh or finger paints. When the kids are finished with their messy crafts, just roll it up and wash it off.

3. Kitchen Shelf Liners

Don’t let your glasses scratch or slip around. By using a yoga mat as a shelf liner or even a drawer liner, you can keep your glasses and other kitchen items protected from those unwanted scratches.

4. Say Goodbye to Those Pesky Weeds

Simply place a yoga mat over a small section of your garden where weeds tend to grow. The combination of the mat with the sun’s heat will smother the weeds and any seeds left behind. Then when it’s time to plant your flowers, just remove the mat and move it to another spot in your garden.

5. Grip Pads for Hard to Open Jars

We’ve all been there…one second we’re scrambling through the fridge looking for a jar of pickles and once we find it, we attempt to open the jar, but it’s stuck. By cutting your old yoga mat into small circles you can use them as leverage to open those hard to open jars!

6. Packing Valuables

Say goodbye to those packing peanuts! Give your old yoga mats a new life by using them to protect valuables while moving or shipping out packages.

7. Energy Savers

Old yoga mats make for the perfect energy savers. Just cut the yoga mat to fit under windows or doors to protect against those unwanted drafts of air.

8. Bulletin Board for Your Studio

Colourful sticky notes with things to do

In need of a place to display special announcements for your yoga studio? No better way to put them on display for everyone to see than on a bulletin board made from your old favorite yoga mat!

Tip: Print out your favorite mantra and put it on display, that way when someone walks into your studio they will be immediately inspired.

 Follow beYogi on Instagram for new weekly mantras!

9. Floor Mats

No one likes a dirty floor, so why not reuse an old yoga mat and turn it into a floor mat where visitors can take off their dirty shoes. Not only is a bright yoga mat a great way to welcome guests, but it’s also very easy to clean.

10. Spur of the Moment Activities

Keeping an old yoga mat in the car is great for those spur of the moment activities. Whether you’re having a picnic in the park with your little ones, keeping groceries from sliding around the back seat, or a padded seat at a sports game. An old yoga mat is a great thing to always have on-hand!

11. A Colorful Drink Sleeve

Stopping by the local coffee shop before hitting up your favorite Vinyasa yoga class? Don’t forget your drink sleeve! Create a bright and colorful drink sleeve by cutting up an old yoga mat. Just simply measure the circumference of the cup, cut to the appropriate size, and hot glue the edges together.

Now, before you get to repurpose those old yoga mats, don’t forget to clean them. Your yoga mats are the last place you would think to clean, but little do you realize that it’s covered with bacteria.

Try using a yoga mat cleaner such as the one from Cuccio Somatology. Not only is it a multipurpose cleaner, but it’s also made with all-natural ingredients, including aloe vera leaf juice, eucalyptus, and water.

Spring cleaning tips for your yoga studio

Group of people stretching and doing yoga exercises in studio

Studio owners don’t always have time to clean every little corner in between classes, so it’s important to have products on-hand at all times. Especially on busy days when you are teaching back-to-back classes!

  • Keep a Swiffer or some sort of floor cleaner close to you, so you can quickly clean the floors in between classes.
  • Wipe down or quickly sanitize any stereo systems or iPhone stereo docks. Germs can multiply pretty quickly on places like this, especially if you’re not the only one using it.
  • Keep hand sanitizer in the studio for your students to use before and after class.
  • Bring a couple plants into the studio to help clean the air, allowing people to breathe much more easily.
  • Having a basket of hand towels or washcloths on-hand is always a great idea especially if one of your students forgets their towel.
  • Take the time to organize yoga props or gear. No one wants to see a jumbled up mess in the corner of your studio!
  • This might seem like a no brainer, but don’t forget to clean off any rental equipment that students might use during class such as yoga mats or blocks.

Happy spring cleaning!


Danielle Cuccio
Danielle Cuccio
Danielle Cuccio is CEO/Founder of yoga brand Cuccio Somatology, Celebrity Yoga Instructor and Health & Beauty Blogger/Founder of The Beauty Blender. Danielle has taught celebrities and at top professional offices in Los Angeles and now has a world wide known yoga brand. Want to know more about Danielle or Cuccio Somatology? Visit Cuccio Somatology, Facebook, or Instagram.