Clean a Diffuser

How to Clean a Diffuser

After a long hectic day, we all look for something relaxing and calming to do in the evenings. This is where an essential oil diffuser comes in. Essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, rose, and lemon create a pleasing and relaxing environment and can add a boost of energy in the workplace, depending on the type of oil used.

However, oil and dust can get stuck in your diffuser affecting how it works, and ultimately impacting your soothing experience. This is why it’s necessary for you to clean your diffuser regularly.

Luckily, today we’ll be talking about how to clean a diffuser after every use. So, let’s get started!

How to Clean a Diffuser: 3 Ways to Do It

Who doesn’t like their room filled with tiny, breathable particles of beneficial essential oils? We all love giving our room a pleasant-smelling and calmer ambience with an essential oil diffuser.

At the same time, you should take care of your device and clean it after every use. That’s why we’ve gathered three ways in which you can regularly clean your diffuser and continue to benefit from it. Let’s take a look at them.

1) Clean Your Diffuser After Every Use

It is quite important to clean your diffuser after every aromatherapy session, so that the residue does not remain inside your diffuser and affect its performance. We recommend you clean your diffuser on a regular basis, following these steps:

Unplug your diffuser

Don’t try to clean your diffuser while it is plugged into a power source and turned on. First, remember to unplug it before cleaning.

Get rid of excess water

Before using, you need to get rid of the oil and water mixture in your diffuser’s reservoir. Pour out the mixture into the sink, as water can develop mold and mildew spores if left standing for a long period of time. You want to avoid that.

Clean the diffuser

For this purpose, you’ll need only two products: a cotton brush and any all-natural dishwashing detergent. Dot the cotton brush with a small amount of a natural dishwashing detergent and give your diffuser a gentle wipe. 

Now, wipe out the water reservoir of your diffuser and don’t forget to clean the outside of the diffuser. Make sure that you are using all-natural cleaners free from any harmful chemicals, as such chemicals may have harsh effects on your diffuser.

Rinse the diffuser

Take a soft cotton or microfiber cloth and wet it with plain clean water, now rub the inside and outside of the diffuser in order to remove any soap residue.

Wipe your diffuser with clean cloth until no water droplets are left behind.

Clean the ultrasonic plate or chip

The ultrasonic plate or the mist chip is responsible for creating ultra-fine mist through ultrasonic vibrations. This chip breaks down the oil particles into tiny base molecules and then uses water to disperse them into air, giving you a pleasant and calming aromatic effect.

For the proper working of the ultrasonic chip of your diffuser, you need to clean it regularly. All you need to do is to dip a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol and rub it over the chip to remove any residue left on it.

Reassemble your Diffuser

After cleaning your diffuser, reassemble it. Now it is ready to give you another soothing aromatic experience.

How to Clean a Diffuser

2) Deep Clean Your Diffuser

To keep your essential oil diffuser in a perfect condition for years, it is necessary to deep clean your diffuser once a month. It will also keep your diffuser working at an optimum level. Here are some easy steps which you can follow to deep clean your diffuser.

Empty any standing water

Before thoroughly cleaning your diffuser, unplug it and throw away any standing water and oils. Moreover, make sure that you don’t get excess moisture into any control buttons. Also, do not submerge any part of the diffuser in water.

Fill your diffuser with clean water

You need to fill your diffuser with clean tap water and fill the tank about half full.

Add white vinegar

Now, add 10 drops of white vinegar to the tank of water. 

You must be wondering why use white vinegar?

Well, white vinegar is a great disinfectant and cleaner. Besides, it will also help in breaking down any essential oil stuck inside of your diffuser.

However, make sure you are not using any other type of vinegar or cleaner.

Run the diffuser

Now it’s time for plug and play. Plug in your diffuser and turn it on. Allow your device to run for 10 to 15 minutes. In this way, the vinegar and water solution will cut through any built-up oils in the diffuser.

Unplug and empty the reservoir

After using the diffuser, unplug it and empty the tank by dumping the water and vinegar solution down the sink.

Now, clean your diffuser’s tank with either a cotton swab, soft cloth or brush. Make sure to remove stubborn grime stuck on the sides of the tank.

Clean the ultrasonic plate

Don’t forget to clean the ultrasonic plate of your diffuser while cleaning the tank. You can clean it with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol or wipe the grime off. If the mist chip of your diffuser is blocked, it can cause your diffuser to work improperly.

Wipe down the outside of your diffuser

Once the inside of your diffuser is clean, take a cotton swab or a soft rag or a brush and damp it with clean water. Wipe down any dirt or debris from the exterior of your diffuser. Just be careful and avoid water getting into the machinery or buttons.

Reassemble your Diffuser

After deeply cleaning your diffuser, reassemble it. Now it is ready to be refilled and used again.

3) Avoid Common Mistakes

Here are some things that you should take care of before starting cleaning. These will ensure safety and longevity of your unit.

Don’t forget to read the user’s manual 

First of all, you need to consult the user’s guide before starting. Although, most of the diffusers can be safely cleaned with the above mentioned ways; every diffuser is different. Yours may have some special instructions when it comes to cleaning, so do follow them.

Remove water and oil after use

Most of you out there must be thinking: Why do diffusers need to be cleaned after every use? That’s because every time you clean it, you will dump out excess oil and water. This saves you from hard cleaning. However, if the water and oil is allowed to sit for longer, it will definitely give you a tough time.

Unplug the diffuser before cleaning

Each time you clean your diffuser, turn it off and unplug it. Never start cleaning your diffuser while it is still plugged into the wall outlet.

How to Clean a Nebulizing Diffuser

Nebulizing diffusers are among the best diffusers and can transform your home or workplace into your personal aromatherapy session. They are small and portable. Moreover, they work like perfume atomizers.

Nebulizing diffusers are easy to clean as they do not require a big tank. All you need to do is follow these simple steps.

Unplug the diffuser

You want to avoid any risks, so always remember to turn off and unplug your nebulizing diffuser.

Submerge into rubbing alcohol

Take some rubbing alcohol and completely submerge the quick-change top into the alcohol for 30 to 60 minutes. This will remove any build-up dirt and oil particles.

Wipe with a soft cloth

After cleaning your nebulizing diffuser, it’s time to wipe off your diffuser with a soft cotton cloth and let it dry before you use it again.

Wrapping Things Up… 

Now you probably know how you can clean your diffuser. It’s quite easy, right?

Just follow the steps above and don't forget to read the user’s manual before you start. As each style of essential oil and brand of diffuser slightly differs from the next, take some time to read the manual before your first cleaning.

We hope you found this article useful. If you think we missed something, do let us know in the comments.

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