Aerial Yoga Hammock & Silks Spray Recipe
Are you wondering how to keep your hammocks and silks smelling fresh and clean between washes? - Read On
There’s nothing worse than hanging your hammock before you practice and sniffing a subtle hint of days-old sweat. However, it happens to the best of us. After all, it’s more fun to do yoga in the hammock than it is to clean it.
But when you think about it, the fabrics used for yoga hammocks and aerial silks absorb any sweat, oil, and grime that they’re exposed to. So it stands to reason that they can become dirty, smelly.
If you’re looking to wash your aerial silks check out our post.
So it’s essential that you give them a proper clean quarterly, but in between those washes you can give them a quick spritz with a silks spray in between washes to freshen them up. We have some favourite sprays we like to spritz on our fabrics.
A lot of people ask what kind of stray to use on your fabrics. We are going to take a look at some recipes that you can use on fabric, room strap, car spray whatever you want. You can take your spray bottle with you wherever you go.
The scented sprays are made with only three or four simple ingredients! Give your yoga hammock or silks, and even the air at home or in your car a refreshing spritz without using harsh chemicals.
It’s a great way to give your hammocks and silks a refresh between washes. They smell delightful and contain no nasty chemicals.
The Best Way To Freshen Up Your Hammock
Hammock sprays are a great way to keep silks smelling fresh between washes and keeps clients/students happy, too! But what do people put into those little bottles that they spritz all over the hammock to keep them smelling great?
A common organic disinfectant used is a mixture of equal parts distilled water and witch hazel. Then you add whatever essential oils you want.
Witch Hazel is a plant with powerful medicinal properties has many benefits. The leaves and bark of the species Hamamelis virginiana, a type of shrub native to North America are made into teas and ointments. It’s good to use witch hazel in the base due to its antibacterial properties (1).
Essential oils are extracted from leaves, fruit peels, petals, and other plant parts. These capture nature’s subtle fragrances. You can mix and match essential oils for a signature scent (2).
There are many combinations of essential oils that can be used alongside the base of water and witch hazel. Below are some of my favourite silks spray (and there are many other recipes floating around these days on the internet!)
- Thieves, Peppermint & Lavender Oils
- Orange, Vanilla and Bergamot Oils
- Cedarwood and orange essential Oils
- Wild orange and tea tree
- Lavender and rose
- Green tea and cucumber
How To Make Hammock Sprays?
Whilst you can pick up a spray like Febreze or Oust in the local store or online it is much cheaper and much friendlier to the environment if you make one yourself using just a few simple ingredients. Simply grab a small spray bottle and mix equal parts of water and witch hazel then add the essential oils for a delightful aroma.
What you need
Here are some simple step by step instructions for you to follow:
- Grab a 2oz spritz bottle
- Make your base, using 50% (1oz) distilled water and 50% (1oz) witch hazel
- Then add a few drops of your favourite essential oil and spritz anytime you want to freshen your fabrics or linens.
At the moment we love combining lavender, peppermint and thieves. So we add
- 3-4 drops of peppermint Essential Oil
- 3-4 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and
- 8 – 10 drops of Thieves Essential Oils
If you want to make a giant batch, use a gallon jug and then use a funnel to dispense into smaller spray bottles.
You can buy some witch hazels already infused with beautiful smells such as peach, rose and aloe vera. They smell AMAZING and would also work well as a spray for your aerial hammock, your trapeze or aerial silks.
How To Use The Hammock Spray
To disinfect your hammock simply spritz the solution over your hammock whilst it is hanging. Leave it a short while to dry before you use it or pack it away. This should kill and lingering pathogens and freshen up its smell.
This won’t get your hammock squeaky clean and nothing beats popping it in the washing machine for a proper wash.
See also where to buy a aerial yoga hammock
Where to Buy The Ingredients
We are not attached to any particular brands of witch hazel, distilled water or essential oils. But we do like to buy high quality as we feel that these products will be purer and kinder to the environment. But the choice of brand is yours.
We like to buy our products from eBay (we may earn an affiliate commission if you do buy something from eBay after following these links.)
There are a lot of choices these days when it comes to buying products. A range of sizes is also available. If you just want to buy enough to make one batch of spray it would seem sensible to just buy a small bottle of each product required. However, it can often be more cost-effective to buy larger bottles so you can make more batches in the future.
We tend to buy 500ml bottles of witch hazel so we can make around 5 batches of 200ml bottles. If you are making it for a studio, you may want to buy much bigger volumes like 1000mls or more if available.
Distilled water is available in much bigger volumes like 5 litres. But unless we are using it for other purposes we tend to just buy 1-litre bottles. This means that we are ordering water and witch hazel at the same time.
Try Distilled Water
As much smaller volumes of the essential oils are required we buy small 10ml bottles. These last quite a long time as you only need 10-20 drop per batch.
Take a look for some essential oils.
Sophie Green has been pole dancing and aerial arts at home and in studios around the world for over 13 years. She’s taken a number of instructor courses in pole and aerial. Plus attended a course on rigging. She takes part in lots of exercise.