So you are the proud owner of an essential oil diffuser and now you’re wondering… how to clean an essential oils diffuser? Well, know that you’re not alone.
Many new diffuser owners are left wondering how often and how thoroughly to clean their diffusers. However, if you don’t start off on a good foot with your diffuser it could mean your device isn’t going to last for very long.
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Maybe you’ve already been unfortunate enough to notice that your diffuser isn’t working the way it did when it was new. This happens because your diffuser is hard at work breaking down a ton of the essential oils. Then it gets to sit all night without being cleaned.
After dispersing all those oils throughout your room and you’ve ended up with a peaceful and relaxing environment your poor device wants some attention. Most of the time, this just means it’s time for a good cleaning.
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Cleaning Your Diffuser
We can’t stress enough how important it is to regularly clean your diffuser. The poor thing has essential oils and water pumping through it all the time!
Although cleaning it isn’t the easiest or most pleasant experience it is crucial to extending the life of your device. Knowing how to clean it also means that you don’t have to rely on someone else to do it.
Follow these easy steps to clean your diffuser. If there are specific instructions included with your diffuser we definitely recommend you follow those first! Keep in mind also these are recommended cleaning instructions for a 100 ml sized diffuser.
After checking your user manual, start here:
- Unplug your diffuser and move it closer to a sink.(This will be handy later)
- Fill your diffuser halfway with clean water. While tap is fine, filtered is better. If you have bottled, distilled water this is the best option.
- In your diffuser’s water reservoir, add a half a capful of white vinegar. This should be a little less than a teaspoon.
- Plug in your diffuser now, and allow it to run for about five minutes.
- You can let it run for as long as fifteen minutes if you’re trying to get an extra deep clean.
- Unplug the diffuser again, and empty the water reservoir completely.
- Using a Q-tip or cotton balls, clean all of the corners of the diffuser. Continue to use a new cotton swab until the entire inside of the water reservoir is clean and free of any visible buildup.
- Rinse the entire water reservoir with room temperature tap water. Then empty the water reservoir one more time.
- Using a washcloth or cotton balls, dry the inside of the diffuser.
Congratulations, your essential oils diffuser is now clean! You may want to take one extra step and allow it to completely air dry overnight rather than using it right away.
Things to Keep an Eye On
Many brands of diffusers list on their owners manual that washing the diffuser with vinegar will void any warranty. You can in these cases contact the company for instructions on their recommended cleaning method.
Most user manuals recommend cleaning your diffuser every day. This is for a reason! A little rinse and wipe down every day will greatly extend the life of your diffuser.
Avoid leaving any water or essential oils in an unclean diffuser overnight. The buildup can start the deterioration of your device early. Also if you’re using plain old tap water it can begin to build up lime and calcium quite quickly.
If you’ve noticed that you’re not getting a lot of diffusion out of your device it might need a bit more thorough of a cleaning. Check the inlet area to see if there is any build up that might have been missed in the last cleaning.
Using a Q-tip you can get into the tight spaces like where the water vapor escapes from the water reservoir and into the room. This is one area you can easily miss during a routine cleaning.
Although it can be a pain to clean out your diffuser after every use, it really is pretty simple. Most diffusers are made to be easy to clean. Even if you’re just using a damp cloth once a day it can go a lot further than not cleaning your device at all.
Everything You Needed to Know
There is this one tried-and-true method on how to clean an essential oil diffuser. We highly recommend sticking with the vinegar method unless your user’s manual provides instructions for a different method.
Always follow your manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to cleaning. The biggest variation is that some manufacturers call for mild soap or to allow the device to air dry instead of being wiped dry.