If you’re just not feeling your new yoga mat or it’s a little too beat up to keep using for class, don’t throw it away. There’s still plenty of things you can do with it. We have a few suggestions below on how you can repurpose those old yoga mats. When you’re done, be sure to check out the best yoga clothing stores online and get inspired for your next session.
1.) Drawer liners
Yoga mats make excellent drawer and cabinet liners. All you have to do is cut them to size, and you’ve got liners better than anything you can get at most stores.
2.) Keep pet dishes from sliding
You can use a large piece of old yoga mat to keep your pet’s bowls from sliding around. This will also help keep their feeding area relatively clean.
3.) Kitty litter mat
If you’re annoyed with the mess your cats make after they use the litter box, this might be the answer. Lay the litter box on a piece of yoga mat to keep it from sliding around and catch the stray bits of litter their paws pick up when they use it.
4.) Planter protector
Put your indoor planters on pieces of yoga mat to keep them from leaking onto your floor.
You may want to use your cleanest yoga mats for this one. In any case, the material makes for excellent, washable, hardwearing placemats.
6.) Camping mat
Yoga mats are extremely handy as a camp mat that you can lay your sleeping bag on. Your mat will make small rocks less annoying to sleep on and help keep you warm when the weather turns cold.
7.) Giant mouse pad
If you’ve ever wanted a mouse pad that’s literally as big as your desk a cut-up yoga mat will do a great job. You can use a glue gun to attach a nice piece of fabric to give it a more traditional mouse pad feel. If your keyboard’s noisy, you can even lay it on top of your giant mouse pad to dampen much of the noise.
8.) Laptop or tablet sleeve
Some glue and a sewing machine, you can make some fun and funky laptop and tablet sleeves. Make sure the mats are clean though. Old perspiration residue won’t exactly be kind to your rather expensive electronic devices.
9.) Vibration dampeners
If your car or home speakers cause adjoining surfaces to vibrate or resonate, you can try taming some of the unpleasant buzzing by decoupling the speakers from the surface with pieces of yoga mat or otherwise gluing them to problem areas. While this can be a fiddly job, it can sometimes work and can be worth a shot.
10.) Floor protectors
You can cut up small pieces of yoga mat and glue them to the bottom of furniture legs to keep them from scuffing up your beautiful hardwood floors. They’ll also do a great job of keeping your furniture from slipping and sliding around.
11.) Anti-slip desk and dashboard mats
You can put cut up pieces of yoga mat on your desk or on the dashboard of your car to help keep things in place without needing to otherwise tie them down. These mats can be handy for things like your phone or a pair of sunglasses.
12.) Rug mats
Instead of buying rug mats to keep your rugs in place over tiles and other slippery surfaces, you can simply use cut up pieces of old yoga mats to do the same job.
13.) Anti-fatigue mats
Using a standing desk or workstation that requires you to stand for long periods of time can be fatiguing to your knees and the soles of your feet. Standing on an old yoga mat can do wonders for relieving most, if not all of the pain.
Basically if you need something to stay clean, stay protected, or stay put, old yoga mats might just be your best choice. What other things would you use old yoga mats for? Tell us!