If you’re like me, I love my essential oil diffusers. It is such a blessing to help my home smell amazing, but also help everyone in the family breath in healthy and emotionally balancing essential oils. Diffusing essential oils has been a huge part of my journey to relieve years of hopelessness, irritability and ongoing sadness. If you are experiencing any of those, I encourage you to check out how essential oils can truly provide some hope, along with Jesus!
My diffusers also get a lot of use and honestly, sometimes I just get lazy and don’t do a very good job of cleaning them after every use. I have a whole bunch of different diffuser models in my house, most are Young Living diffusers, but I also have this large mist diffuser and I love it.
Well, here’s why and how to keep your cool misting friend in tip top shape or perhaps recover from some minor neglect.
Most essential oil diffusers sold by Young Living are ultrasonic diffusers, or cold mist diffusers.
If you take a look at your diffuser, there is a small disk inside the bottom of the water reservoir. Electrical current passes through this disk and creates a vibration, creating a cool water mist and also spreading out the essential oil in microparticles for easier distribution in the mist.
So why do I need to clean my diffuser?
In short, they can get to smell funky with multiple uses and I don’t want to fill my room with funk. Also, high viscosity essential oils (e.g. Sandalwood, Vetiver) can gum up the ultrasonic disk and decrease the diffuser’s efficiency. You’re also diffusing a specific essential oil for a specific reason. Do you really want the previous essential oil in there? Finally, your diffuser will probably run a lot smoother, quieter, longer and more efficient with these cleaning tips.
Easy daily cleaning
Just wipe it out after each use. Unplug the diffuser, dump any remaining water and oil, and use a damp cloth to wipe the diffuser out. Sometimes a little Thieves Cleaner will help break up some of the accumulated gunk if there is any. Every once in a while, I use a Q-Tip and rubbing alcohol to clean off the ultrasonic diffusing disk.
Try using white vinegar to break us some of the accumulated oils and minerals on the inside of your diffusers and ultrasonic disk. Definitely do this outside to avoid stinking up your house. Personally, I use one teaspoon of white vinegar with two – three teaspoons of water. Plug the diffuser in and let it run. After about 30 minutes, unplug, dump, wipe, refill and run for another 30 minutes. Dump, wipe and bring your baby back inside for some more hard work. Just remember not to leave the water / vinegar solution in your diffuser for an extended period.
And finally, a disclaimer. You’re working with an electrical appliance. Always unplug it before cleaning or taking it apart. Definitely never submerge the motor in water. And follow your diffuser’s instruction manual. Also, take care not to scratch your diffusers exterior or interior finish.
These cleaning methods are for diffusers that operate with water, not atomizing diffusers like this one (affiliate link).
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