New Uses for Old Mats

There comes a time when your yoga mat has seen its last downward dog and you may not feel that throwing it away is the best solution for you (or the environment). So what's a girl to do?


Gaiam.com has an awesome list of fabulous ideas of uses for that old yoga mat:

  1. Tree ornaments -- just use holiday cookie cutters! – T.C., Arvada, CO
  2. Dog & cat dishes stay put. Cut to size required. – A. O., Trumbull, CT
  3. Donate to homeless shelters as sleeping pads. – R. N., Minneapolis, MN
  4. Use an exacto-knife to cut out shapes, letters, numbers, etc. Perfect for little fingers. – C. M., London, ON, Canada
  5. While taking my dog to the vet or groomer or just for a ride with the top down, her feet would scratch the leather going around curves. So I decided to take an old yoga mat and roll it out over the back seat of my car. Viola! She is comfy and can do her own version of Downward Dog without scratching my seats! – L. S., Powell, OH
  6. Drop off your old mat at an animal rescue group. Most of these places need soft, durable mats, rugs, towels, & blankets to line crates. The poor helpless and homeless animals need comfort too! – P. O., Highland Park, NJ
  7. My children love play dough! This mat will be excellent for play dough and other messy projects because it will make cleaning up a lot easier. – F. F., Owings Mills, MD
  8. I have used an old mat in my wood working shop to keep wood from slipping on my workbench while using power tools on them. – M. C., Lee's Summit, MO
  9. Line kitchen shelves — glasses won't scratch and hold better to the sticky surface. – J. S., Madison, WI
  10. Smother weeds in your garden. Just place the mat over a section of your garden and the mat and the sun's heat will smother weeds and their seeds. Then when it is time to sew your seeds just remove the mat and move it to another spot in your garden. – J. M., Woodbury, CT
  11. There are a lot more so read more

  12. Cut the mat into squares and use them as "bases" while playing baseball with the kids. Easy to carry and easy to clean! – J. C., New York, NY
  13. Mat gripper — place it under an area rug for no-slip gripping. When you're ready to work out, just roll back your rug and presto — yoga in an instant. Best used with a sticky yoga mat. – S. F., Brooklyn, NY
  14. I made one of those garden knee pads to kneel on by cutting the mat into even sections and binding the ends with twine. – K. F., Manassas, VA
  15. Wash, then cut apart to use as drawer liners. – C. L., Mason City, IA
  16. Cut it up to make mouse pads. – L. E., Fort Worth, TX
  17. Grommet the corners and suspend the used mat from the ceiling of a parking garage (such as at the yoga studio) to prevent door dings. Keep that centered, calm feeling going! – F. H., Los Angeles, CA
  18. Use it on the beach instead of a towel. – A. B., San Diego, CA
  19. Shred and use for a backyard jungle gym, at the end of the slide. Ooh, comfy landings! – R. N., Minneapolis, MN
  20. Grip pads to open jars. – A. F., Grapevine, TX
  21. Cut to size and use as foot pads for the bottom of furniture that is on a wood or ceramic floor. Glue on pieces with a non-toxic adhesive. One mat will go a long way! – E. W., Tampa, FL

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