You have this fancy new device that everyone told you about, and now you have no idea what to do with it. Question number one is always how many drops of essential oil go in a 100 ml diffuser?
Don’t worry you aren’t alone! A lot of people new to essential oils and diffusers have these questions and we’re here to answer them.
Step One: Diffuser Setup
While most boxes will instruct you to use tap water it isn’t the best choice or your system. For long-term system health, use filtered water.
Why? Well, this drops the rate of build-up that you’ll eventually see in the diffuser.
Much like a humidifier, there is a lot of water going through a small, heated, device. This means that the cleaner water you start with, the cleaner your diffuser will stay!
When you’re setting up your diffuser there should be either a fill line or a cup with a fill measurement. Load it up with water and plug your diffuser in. The hard part is already done.
Really the greatest thing about diffusers (next to all the great environmental benefits from essential oils) is that they are so easy to operate. It’s a treat to just pour some water in, and turn on a system for a great boost to the room.
Step Two: Adding Essential Oils
Alright, you have your water added and your device plugged in. What now? We go right back to our first question.
How many drops of essential oils do you put in a 100 ml diffuser? This is one of the more common sizes and even more popular for the starter sets that are available.
The Number of Drops Range
DoTerra, one of the leading names in essential oils and diffusers says the go-to number of drops of essential oils in a diffuser is between five and twelve.
Doesn’t that sound like a really big range? It did to us.
So we did some digging and it seems like there is a wide range of how many drops to use. But, we found some reasoning behind this wide variance.
First and foremost think about the size we’re talking about here. A 100 ml diffuser is usually the introductory size, so we recommend starting with three to five drops of your favorite scent.
Now, the primary aspect to take into consideration is that not all essential oils have an equally strong scent. I don’t know about you but if I can’t smell it I sit around wondering if it’s working.
For strongly scented oils like peppermint or lemon, a little goes a long way. Three drops are sure to do the trick and one or two extra might be too much.
If you’re using weaker scented oils like lavender or eucalyptus we recommend kicking that drop count up to five and maybe even six. Just because an essential oil doesn’t have a strong scent doesn’t mean it doesn’t have benefits.
Step Three: Clean Between Oils
There are a few ways to clean your diffuser. If may seem like its only water and some good smelling drops of oil. What could be the harm in not cleaning it?
Diffusers, as beneficial as they are, can be breeding grounds for bacteria. Also, without regular cleaning, they can start a buildup of grime from the water level sitting between being turn on or refilled.
Cleaning is also a great way to switch oils and be sure that the oils you’re using aren’t mixing in an unpleasant way.
Method one: Gentle Dish Detergent
That’s right folks, a simple drop of dawn and warm water can clear out the potential gunk in your diffuser. Start by unplugging it, emptying any water left in there and then grab a sponge.
This is a simple and fool-proof method for cleaning your diffuser. It is also a great practice to keep up whenever you need to refill your diffuser.
When you’re done, wipe everything down with a damp cloth. Then, start looking for the mist chip.
The mist chip is a little chip that is inside the water tank. Unlike the rest of the diffuser, the mist chip needs to be swabbed with a q-tip that has a bit of rubbing alcohol on it.
It’s a bunch of technical talk explaining why the mist chip needs to be wiped down with a cotton swab or q-tip. So the long and the short of it is that this little chip, although in the water tank, can sustain water damage.
The q-tip or cotton swab with alcohol prevents that.
Method two: The Deep Clean
So, you didn’t clean the diffuser regularly (you’re not alone!) and now it is kind of gunky. Yes, it is a little gross and you’ve been breathing in that gunk for a while.
But you can fix it! Starting out, setup your diffuser like you were going to use it and only fill the water tank about halfway. Then add a teaspoon of pure, distilled, white vinegar.
Let the diffuser run for about fifteen minutes, and then unplug it and empty the vinegar water. Use a cotton swab to wipe down and dry the inside of the diffuser.
Using a cotton swab here will also let you attack any grime that stuck onto the sides. Be sure to hit that mist chip in the same way you would in method one!
Step Four: Continue to Enjoy!
Continue to enjoy your diffuser regularly. With a clean and properly, (essential) oiled system, your room and your nose will be thankful for the bit of work these require.
If you find yourself stuck on how many drops to put into a 100 ml diffuser keep this in mind. It is always best to start small, with three drops and work your way up to five or six as needed.