Homemade Gym Equipment Cleaner Spray

by Andrea Butje on August 31, 2015

homemade gym cleaning equipment sprayMake a homemade gym equipment cleaner with essential oils!

Part of your post-workout ritual probably includes wiping down the gym equipment or yoga mat you used.

This is important even if you work out alone, but especially if you’re part of a community, like a gym or yoga studio. In that case, it’s kind of a Golden Rule!

Warm, moist, shared environments can foster bacteria growth, and so can soft, porous material, like yoga mats or the seats of exercise bikes. That’s one reason athletic teams that share equipment often come down with the same illnesses.

It’s a good idea to wipe down equipment and your yoga mat before and after you use it.

I’ve got a recipe for a homemade gym equipment cleaner that I think you will love!

You can make it in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle. If you’re taking this to the gym and are worried about the bottle breaking if you drop your bag, you can use PET plastic. PET plastic is known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach. In cases where glass isn’t ideal, PET plastic is a good choice.


  • 1 oz (30 ml) water
  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)
  • 10 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Just shake and spray away!

Even if your gym provides cleaning wipes, you might want to use a homemade gym equipment cleaner. There’s no guarantee that what they provide will work against bacteria and viruses as well as Lemon and Tea Tree oils will!

Lemon and Tea Tree are some of my favorite anti-infectious essential oils. I use them in natural cleaning products, in oral care (a drop of Tea Tree in a little water makes an excellent mouthwash), and to disinfect the air so we don’t get sick from airborne microbes. They also support immunity. So while they’re destroying germs on one hand, they’re bolstering your body’s defenses on the other.

And these two oils have such a refreshing, invigorating aroma! They help keep your energy uplifted and your heart open. (I know that might sound strange, but the beautiful, natural aromas from plants can have a truly opening effect both physically and emotionally).

If you like using your own homemade products at the gym, you can make an “exercise kit” of your blends—a gym equipment cleaning spray, a post-workout shower gel, and a sore muscle rub (just in case you push a little too hard!).


PS: (If you would like a few more ideas for how to care for sore muscles after a workout, you can learn some wonderful blends in my free webinar, “Reduce Your Clients’ Pain Using Aromatherapy.”)


Sleep Sweet! A Bedtime Aromatherapy Recipe for Kids

by Andrea Butje on August 24, 2015

aromatherapy recipe for kidsAromatherapy to help kids sleep safe and sound

I love making aromatherapy recipes that kids can use! But I do want to be careful about the amount of essential oils (and the kinds of oils) that I use for kids. I choose essential oils that are super-safe, and aromas that are familiar.

So this is a bedtime recipe I call Sleep Sweet.

It’s a relaxing aromatherapy spray that you can use in kids’ rooms, and on their linens and blankets, when they’re trying to fall asleep.

  • 1 oz (30 ml) water
  • 3 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 3 drops Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)

I recommend using a 1 oz (30 ml) PET plastic bottle for this blend. PET plastic is known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach. In cases where glass isn’t ideal (such as when kids might drop the blend), PET plastic is a good choice.

This is an aromatherapy recipe that kids over five can even use themselves! Just have them shake it up and spray it all around. You can leave it by their bedside so they can use it themselves in the night, which is great if they wake up and want to try to get back to sleep by themselves. Just be sure they know to spray the air and not their skin.

Lavender and Orange are soothing for the nervous system, which means they relax the body and mind. And Orange is especially uplifting without being too energizing. These are gentle, familiar, reassuring scents that can really ease bedtime anxiety for children.

Sometimes I call this recipe “Monster Spray” and give it to children to spray whenever they get scared. (Everyone knows monsters hate the smell of Monster Spray!) It’s a great, empowering thing that kids can do to reassure themselves in the middle of the night if they get scared.


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