How to Clean a Diffuser

There are various reasons why you may choose to use a diffuser in your home, and it can offer a number of benefits. Whether you like aromatherapy or want an alternative to an air freshener, diffusers can make a fantastic addition to the home.  

What is a diffuser?

Before we take an in-depth look at how to clean a diffuser, let’s look at how they work. At its most basic, a diffuser disperses essential oils of your choice into the air, either to make the room smell nice, or for health reasons.

There are many types of essential oil diffusers. The most simple – wooden reeds in a jar – requires no cleaning. However, electric or ultrasonic diffusers have a reservoir that you fill with water and a few drops of oil, which is then put into the air as a fine mist, so this reservoir requires diligent cleaning.

How to clean your diffuser

  1. Always remember to unplug your diffuser before cleaning.
  2. Empty your diffuser of any excess water into the sink.
  3. Half fill your diffuser with clean water, staying well clear of the maximum marker.
  4. Add up to 10 drops of pure or distilled white vinegar to the water reservoir. This helps to break down any oil that remains in the diffuser, while also cleaning and disinfecting it.
  5. Turn on your diffuser and allow it to run for three to five minutes if it is lightly dirty, and 10-15 minutes for more grimy tasks.
  6. Turn off, unplug, and drain the water reservoir completely.
  7. As an optional extra step here, you can also use a cotton bud dipped in vinegar to clean any spots that still look dirty and the mist chip.
  8. Rinse the water reservoir with clean water and empty it again.
  9. Thoroughly wipe and dry the inside of the diffuser with a soft, dry, super absorbent cleaning cloth, targeting any dirt that is stuck on the sides.
  10. Wipe down the outside of the diffuser, being careful not to get any water in the buttons.
  11. Use your freshly clean diffuser as normal.

How often should I clean my diffuser?

It is regarded as good practice to clean your essential oil diffuser after every use, even if it’s just a quick wipe down. This ensures that your machine stays running for longer, prevents corrosion inside the diffuser, and stops oils from blending with the next, making sure you get your money’s worth out of your chosen scents.

A deep clean laid out above should be done as frequently as possible, or at least every month. This stops the build-up of mould and mildew inside the diffuser. If any water is left in the reservoir, this might sit for weeks – the perfect environment for mould to thrive.

If you then use your diffuser without cleaning it, the mould and mildew particles will be dispersed through the air alongside the water and oil. Inhaling mould and mildew particles over time can lead to serious health problems.

And there you have it – a comprehensive guide to cleaning your essential oil diffuser, making sure it can make your home smell great for years to come.

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