Cleaning Your Diffuser
An essential oil diffuser is a powerful investment in your health and well-being. Here’s how to clean your diffuser and keep it running in tip-top shape!
Diffusers Are AWESOME
My friend, if you don’t have an essential oil diffuser yet, you’re missing out. Diffusing oils is a powerful way to improve your health, mood, and the atmosphere in your home … all at once! The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is start the coffee… then, while it brews, I get the diffusers going with something lovely to set the tone for the day. Often it’s Grapefruit (new house aroma) or Passion (get all fired up). If I’ve got crunch work to do, it’s Motivate or Elevation. If I’m feeling like my immune system is threatened, I’ll do On Guard with Arborvitae or Breathe with Tangerine. The possibilities are infinite.
Diffusers come in many shapes and sizes, but the GOOD diffusers come in two basic types – ultrasonic and nebulizing. An ultrasonic diffuser is one that you add a few drops of essential oil to water in a reservoir. The small disk inside “vibrates” and causes the oil to mist out. They’re slightly humidifying and fantastic for average-sized rooms (bedroom, bathroom, office). doTERRA has several, such as the Petal, Lotus, Aroma Lite, and my new favourite diffuser, the Lumo. A nebulizing diffuser literally takes a bottle of oil and turns it info vapor. While they use more oil, they also cover a much larger area than an ultrasonic diffuser. We have an open floor plan and my Aroma Ace covers it perfectly.
We only use doTERRA diffusers because they are made for pure essential oils. Many oils, especially citrus, break down most types of plastic over time. This not only causes premature death of the diffuser, it also causes toxins to leech into your environment … the very thing you’re trying to avoid! Our diffusers are built to last and built strong, so you don’t have to worry about toxins. They’re also economically priced and easy to get (you can even earn free oils when you get one – ask me how!)
Tips For Your Diffuser
- Only use pure water (never tap water or well water). You don’t want to diffuse things like chlorine and fluoride into the air. You also don’t want minerals in the water to clog things up.
- Do not over-fill an ultrasonic diffuser. If it’s not misting, be sure that the water level is just below the red mark.
- Adjust the amount of oils you use to the size of the room and strength of aroma that you want. No need to put dozens of drops. In fact, with some oils, you’ll want to use less because the aroma should be subtle (Sandalwood is one I only use a single drop of, in most diffusers).
- Never immerse your diffuser in water.
- Never tip or tilt your diffuser while there’s oil or water in it. Remove bottle from a nebulizing diffuser before transporting it.
- Mind the cord! Little children and pets can pull your diffuser down off a shelf, which can be dangerous for them and could break your diffuser.
Cleaning Your Diffuser
Cleaning supplies: white vinegar, cotton swabs, rubbing alcohol, dry cloth
To clean an ultrasonic diffuser:
- Turn off the diffuser and fill reservoir halfway to the water line with pure water.
- Add 10 drops of white vinegar and replace the top. Let it run for about 5 minutes.
- Turn it off, unplug, and drain the water.
- Dip a cotton swab in white vinegar and gently clean the little disk inside.
- Wipe all surfaces with a clean cloth.
- Rinse the inside well. Dry off any drips on the outside.
- Diffuse something fun!
To clean an nebulizing diffuser:
- Remove the bottle of oil and take the quick-change top off it. If there’s still oil in the bottle, be sure to cap it so it doesn’t evaporate!
- Submerse the topper in rubbing alcohol for an hour or so.
- Rinse and wipe clean. Replace the topper and diffuse something fun!
- Completely submerse the quick-change top in rubbing alcohol for 30–60 minutes.
A good diffuser will last you for a long time as long as you take care of it. Enjoy!