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2X4: Four Ways to Reuse Yoga Mats

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Jessica
11.08.13

If your yoga mat has seen one too many downward dogs, there’s nothing wrong with replacing it. But don’t toss your old mat in the dumpster! Instead, give it new life with one of these uses:

Line Drawers. Do drawer liners add some pizzazz to a cabinet? Sure do. But there’s more going on there! Lining your drawers protects your possessions, makes cleaning a cinch and guards the drawers from damage. So if you’re retiring a yoga mat, give it an important new job as a drawer liner. Simply clean the mat with soap and water, and then cut it to fit your drawer or cabinet. Tip: To easily cut your mat, use a rotary cutter.

Stop Scratches. Fact: The heavier the furniture, the deeper the scratches on your beloved hardwood floor. Stop this issue once and for all by cutting out small circles from your yoga mat. Using hot glue, attach the circles to the bottom of furniture. The soft mat works as a buffer between the floor and the furniture, protecting your floor from scoots, shuffles and energetic kids jumping on the bed.  

Prevent Slips. Area rugs are mostly good: they add visual interest to any room and keep your floor clean. But, they have a dark side: area rugs can slide out from under you (or a running child) and cause a nasty fall! Prevent this by placing a yoga mat under any high-traffic area rugs. Yoga mats are no-slip, so they’ll keep your mat in place. Bonus: For large rugs, you don’t even need to cut your mat. Plus, you can just roll back your rug anytime you’re ready to do sun salutations.

Protect Countertops. Drying dishes before you put them in a dish rack doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it can become necessary if dripping water has warped your countertops or made your kitchen smell like mold. Prevent these problems by placing a cut piece of yoga mat under the rack. The mat is thick enough to absorb small amounts of water, so your countertop will stay safe. Tip: If your mat starts to develop an odor, clean it with warm, soapy water.

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