I’ll take full responsibility…
…for turning so many of you into essential oil diffuser fanatics.
One of the first questions people ask after getting their first diffuser is, “Do I need to clean this thing?” Which is exactly what we’re gonna talk about today.
When to Clean Your Essential Oil Diffuser
Some people will tell you to tell your diffuser between every single use. Maybe that IS the best case scenario, but yeah… I don’t do that. Because quite frankly, I have other things to do (Like make maple duck egg custard. Of course.)
I tend to clean my machines about once per month, or when they start to run a little rough. By “running rough” I mean:
- Not diffusing as effectively
- Not spewing as much mist as they were before
- Suddenly getting louder
- Making a “grinding” noise
Or sometimes they won’t be doing any of these things, but they’ll just be super gross and grimy on the inside.
The good news? It only takes a few minutes to clean your diffuser and make it nice and shiny again. Which is especially good news for me because I have an obscene number of diffusers in my house (no, I’m not telling you how many.)
How to Clean Your Essential Oil Diffuser in 3 Easy Steps
Fill the water reservoir half full, and add in 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar. Run the diffuser for 5-10 minutes to allow the vinegar/water mixture to work through and loosen up the gunk.
Turn off the diffuser, unplug it, and dump the water out. Then wipe out the inside of the diffuser with a soft cloth, q-tip, or small brush. Pay special attention to cleaning the sensor*, as these often cause the most issues when they get dirty. You can use a drop of lemon essential oil on your brush or q-tip if you need to cut through extra grime.
(Be extra careful when you dump, as getting any water into the underside of the machine or into the motor area will ruin it.)
*Depending on which diffuser you have, the location and appearance of your sensor will vary. Usually it’s somewhere in the water basin area. Check your owner’s booklet if you aren’t sure.
Using a soft cloth, wipe down the outside of the machine to remove any fingerprints, smudges, etc. The cloth can be dampened with water, or you may lightly spray it with a bit of gentle cleaner or vinegar/water solution. Just be careful not to get excess water into the underside the machine.
Now fill the diffuser with fresh water and your favorite blend and enjoy.
Diffuser Cleaning Notes
- This cleaning method is for diffusers that operate with water, not atomizing diffusers like this one (affiliate link).
- I have a whole bunch of different diffuser models in my house. Check out this post to see my reviews of each one.
- doTERRA is my essential oil company of choice, and I’ve used them for four years now. The oils are third-party tested for purity, ethically sourced around the globe, and I’m proud to be associated with a company with a heavy humanitarian focus who does things like funding Natural Doctors International trip so that people in Nicaragua could overcome viruses, infections, and many other health issues. I believe in this company wholeheartedly, and I’ve been sharing doTERRA oils with people non-stop since I started using them. I’m happy to personally help you get these oils in your home, too– click here to see how you can connect with me.