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So fresh and so clean DIY yoga mat cleaner

So fresh and so clean, clean… so fresh and so clean…

I have a great recipe for a homemade DIY yoga mat cleaner. Why spend $10 to $15 on a yoga mat cleaner spray when you can make it yourself? Plus, this fresh and clean recipe contains no chemicals because you use all natural ingredients, such as water, witch hazel and essential oils. Give it a try! It’s so easy to make and so easy to use. It cleans up your mat while making it smell so fresh. Hence, the name… so fresh and so clean DIY yoga mat cleaner!

You can choose any essential oils that you prefer to make this yoga mat cleaner. Make sure that you use 100% pure essential oil. For this recipe, I chose essential oils with antibacterial properties. There are many that you can chose from. According to research, cinnamon essential oil is the most effective of all oils for its antibacterial properties. However, tea tree oil and oregano oil work well too. Other essential oils with antibacterial properties are lemongrass, peppermint, bergamot, lavender, eucalyptus, clove, rosemary and thyme, just to name a few.

For this recipe, I chose three essential oils. I chose tea tree oil mostly for it’s antibacterial properties but also for it’s antiseptic, anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties. I also used peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is not only an antiseptic and antimicrobial oil but it is also antiviral. I also chose lemongrass oil because it has antimicrobial properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria.

So to break it down, the combination of these three oils provide the following properties:

*antibacterial

*antiseptic

*antifungal

*antimicrobial

*antiviral

A perfect combination for cleaning a dirty yoga mat. Also included in the recipe is witch hazel which is a disinfectant. You will need a spray bottle. This recipe uses 3 parts water to 1 part witch hazel. I used 3 ounces of water to 1 ounce of witch hazel. It also uses about 20 to 25 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Since I used 3 essential oils, I used 7 to 10 drops of each.

Onto the recipe!

So fresh and so clean DIY yoga mat cleaner

  • 3 ounces of water (distilled water is preferred)
  • 1 ounce of witch hazel
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 7 drops of lemongrass oil
  • 7 drops of peppermint oil

Mix all of the ingredients into a spray bottle- pour 3 ounces of water into a spray bottle, followed by 1 ounce of witch hazel then add your essential oils. To use, shake the bottle before spraying and spray a good amount over your mat. Use a clean rag to wipe the yoga mat clean. Hang your yoga mat or leave it spread out to dry.

It’s a great idea to clean your yoga mat after each practice. I must confess that I don’t. I practice daily but I don’t clean my mat daily. If anything, I clean my mat at least once or twice per week. I definitely clean it after a really sweaty practice or after practicing at a yoga studio.

In addition, not only does this cleaner leave a fresh and clean scent on my mat, but it also leaves a fresh and clean scent in the air. I love the combination of lemongrass and peppermint oil. It’s so uplifting and delightful.

Try this recipe when cleaning your yoga mat. It’s so easy to put together, does a great job of cleaning your mat and afterwards, leaves your room smelling wonderful.

So fresh and so clean.

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New Look D0721

One of my New Year’s resolution is to sew more clothes. The new year started off right because I sewed another dress! I started this project during the winter break. It started out as a dress for my daughter, but actually ended up being a shirt.

We were in Joann’s and she saw this pattern and asked me to make her this dress:

New Look dress, so hip

She asked me to make View D (the one the model on the envelope is wearing). She picked out a black knit fabric. It had speckles of white in it. It kind of looked like splatters of white paint. It was the perfect fabric for her dress.

Sewing this pattern started a little rough since it was my first time sewing with knit fabric. I had a little bit of difficulty cutting out the pattern pieces. There was so much stretch in the fabric, I had to make sure that it didn’t stretch out too much before cutting it. I just let it sit for a little bit before pinning the fabric to the pattern and then cutting it out. Luckily, it all turned out well and I was able to start sewing. Sewing the dress together was not as difficult as I thought it would be. Mostly because I finally purchased a walking foot and what a difference it made!

The cowl neck was easy to sew. The sleeves were also easy. I was happy with how everything was turning out until I got to the gathering at the bottom of the skirt. I tried gathering it the old fashioned way but I wasn’t having any luck. I was having difficulty because of the stretchy knit material for some reason. After that, I remembered that I have a gathering foot so I set out to use that. I have used it before without a problem, but this time around, I ran into a lot of problems. For one thing, it wasn’t working properly. So I spent a lot of time trying to fix the gathering foot. Eventually I gave up and decided just to sew the bottom without gathers. That didn’t work out too well either. So I told Sabrina she would have to settle for a long sleeved cowl shirt. She liked it. I even made made her a matching scrunchy for her hair. I was able to finish this project before she left to go back to London. But I promised her that I would make her a dress, just without gathers.

I used the same material and it turned out great. I pretty much sewed View B but with the tight sleeves not the bell sleeves.

Here’s how it turned out:

I did a test run of this dress and wore it to work. I was surprised to receive a lot of compliments on it, even from strangers. My friends were surprised that I sewed it. I guess I did a good job on this homemade dress.

I hope Sabrina likes it too. I’ll just have to wear it a few times first (wink, wink).

Today I am grateful for pretty dresses, creativity, sewing, compliments from strangers in the elevator and homemade dresses that pass off as store bought dresses.

Boodle Fight Night

Boodle Fight Night

I had my first Boodle Fight meal. I can’t believe that I have never engaged in the style of eating before, especially since I am Filipino. It was a great and delicious experience.

Boodle Fight is a Philippine military style of eating a meal. It’s a style of eating that celebrates camaraderie and brotherhood (or in our case, sisterhood). Banana leaves are laid out on the table  (usually a long table) and food is served in a pile in the middle. No plates are used. You use the banana leaves that are on your side as your “plate”. You also don’t use utensils. You use your hands to eat which is called Kamayan. Kamay is the Filipino word for hand. Traditionally, Filipinos eat food with bare hands which is a a centuries old practice. It’s messy but fun.

So how did this Boodle Fight Night come to fruition? Well, every year, my friends and I get together for our birthdays. This year, we decided to do wine and game night which later turned into seafood night and eventually turned into a Boodle Fight night. As you can see, we added wine to our Boodle Fight.

We had king crab, shrimp and corn on the cob. We also added some roasted garlic to the pile. The sauce was delicious and even a little spicy.

There were only 5 of us. Boodle Fight is best when done with a big group of people. However, our little sisterhood of 5 women  was perfect for this night. We had plenty of food and even some leftover shrimp and corn.

What a great way to celebrate camaraderie with your friends.

Today I am grateful for sisterhood, camaraderie and Boodle Fight Nights.