Sunday, March 16, 2014

Upcycle an Old Yoga Mat into Dog Food and Water Mat

I have never known a dog to drink from a water bowl and not leave a little bit of a mess. However, in our house, our three dogs seem to make quite a mess with water. I originally purchased a water hog mat to place under the water bowl, but one problem I have had with this mat, is that in addition to collecting water, it also collects a lot of dog hair. (Which is hard to clean off of it)! When I saw this unique water and food mat on incredible things.com I knew it was the perfect thing to share with Pupcycled's readers. Whether you have an old yoga mat at home, or pick one up at your local thrift store, within minutes you can set up an upcycled dog water mat that is easy to clean.
To create the yoga mat food/water bowl mat, just take an old mat and cut into a dog bone shape large enough to hold the water and food bowls for your pet. Place the mat on the floor and the bowls on top.

When you need to clean the mat, you have a few natural options. First, you can spray with white vinegar and wipe clean. Another option, is to fill a bathtub with warm soapy water (Castile soap is perfect), soak the mat in the soapy water for about twenty minutes and then hang outside to dry OR hand over your shower rod until completely dry.

Yoga mats can help with more than just collecting excess water from your dog's bowl, they also keep food and water bowls from sliding. Yoga mats are perfect to put inside crates and  across the seats of the car. Mats work well under crates to stop them from scratching the floor as well as inside for a comfy surface to relax on. In the car, the mats help give your dog traction for getting in and out and keep your seats protected from your dog's nails, slobber, and dirt.  If you have several old mats, consider donating them to your local pet shelter or check out these other ways to upcycle old yoga mats. 
If you don't have access to old yoga mats, consider going to Better Buddies to buy an upcycled yoga mat food bowl mat that is made in the USA. They also have other great eco-friendly pet products available on their website. In addition to offering eco-friendly pet products, Better Buddies, is involved in helping homeless animals and animal shelters. Be sure to visit their website and checkout their story and blog....it is very inspiring!


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