It’s important to clean your essential oil diffuser once a month to keep it running at it’s best. Diffusers tend to get hard water deposits over time, and the essential oil can leave a residue.
If left for too long, essential oils or any leftover water can corrode and ruin your unit, and can also negatively affect your aromatic experience when there’s an array of essential oil residue in the diffuser—imagine trying to diffuse Basil after diffusing Spikenard first!
Daily Diffuser Cleaning
To keep your diffuser in perfect running condition for years to come, clean your diffuser after each use by wiping it out and letting it dry before using it again. This way you won’t have oil residue left from diffusing Cinnamon when you now want to diffuse Lavender.
For a quick clean, it is a good idea to diffuse Lemon oil for a short time. This makes it easier to clean out any residue or water lines before you wipe it out.
For diffusers that do not use water, make sure to rinse out the nozzle with tap water and then wipe it clean.
How to Deep Clean Your Diffuser
I recommend that you deep clean your diffusers once a month or as needed. Do so by following these steps based on the type of diffuser you have.
If you’re not sure what type of diffuser you have, it is probably an Ultrasonic Diffuser. These use water in the base. If your diffuser doesn’t use water, and only uses a bottle of oil that screws on, it is a nebulizing diffuser. See cleaning directions for nebulizing diffusers here.
How to Deep Clean an Ultrasonic Diffuser
- Turn off your diffuser.
- Fill the water reservoir halfway to the line with clean water.
- Add 10 drops of pure white vinegar to the water reservoir.
- Turn it on and let run for 3-5 minutes, allowing the vinegar to disperse throughout.
- Drain the water reservoir completely.
- Dip a cotton swab in white vinegar and wipe down the edges of the water reservoir as well as the ultrasonic mist chip.
- Rinse the water reservoir with clean water.
- Wipe the reservoir with a dry cloth and let air dry before using it again.
How to Deep-Clean a Nebulizing Diffuser
- Completely submerse the quick-change top in rubbing alcohol for 30–60 minutes.
- Wipe clean with a dry cloth.
Keeping a clean diffuser allows for the best possible experience in using your essential oils aromatically.