How to Clean a Diffuser – Clean Mama

July 5, 2021

I love using essential oil diffusers in our home. If you stop by for a visit, chances are you will find a diffuser somewhere. I keep one in the kitchen and family area to gently scent the air, remove cooking odors, and create a calming mood.

There is also often one in the children’s room to ward off germs, create the conditions for a restful sleep or remove odors. With all uses of diffusers, it is important to keep them clean to keep the ultrasound plate free of debris and to remove any oil or sediment residue. I am sharing two methods for cleaning your diffuser including a quick clean and a deep clean method.

If in doubt about maintenance and cleaning, as always, consult the manual or the manufacturer of your diffuser.

I like cleaning the diffuser when changing oils. The quick cleaning method is perfect for removing oil residue between a monthly deep clean. I love this diffuser – it works great and has a decorative look so it blends in perfectly.

Quick cleaning:

  1. Be sure to unplug your diffuser from the wall socket.
  2. Pour any remaining water out of the diffuser, making sure that no buttons or the cable outlet get wet.
  3. Wipe the inside of the water tank with a damp microfiber cloth or a soft cotton cloth.
  4. Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and gently wipe the ultrasonic chip or plate located on the underside of the diffuser.
  5. Wipe the outside of the diffuser with your damp microfiber or soft cotton cloth.

Every month or so I clean our diffusers more thoroughly. A more thorough cleaning will keep your diffuser running quieter, more efficiently, and will remove some of the thicker build-up that may appear. You may have heard of several different cleaning options, including using vinegar to fight scale and scale. If you choose vinegar, check with the manufacturer of your diffuser first as it will void the warranty for some.

Deep cleansing:

  1. Unplug your diffuser from the mains and pour out any remaining water and oil that may be in the tank.
  2. Examine the lid or top of your diffuser and remove any parts or components that you can so that you can thoroughly clean any washable parts. Never immerse parts that contain electrical components.
  3. Combine warm water and a few drops of castile soap or a mild dish detergent in a bowl. Clean and wipe the entire top and parts with your cloth. You can use a cotton swab or soft brush to get to those tricky little nooks and crannies. Rinse, dry, and set these pieces aside.
  4. If your diffuser has a buildup problem, use a cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol and gently rub the inside of the tank. Use a cotton swab or small brush to gently clean the ultrasound chip or plate.
  5. You can also put several drops of lemon essential oil on your cloth to remove stubborn buildup. Lemon essential oil is great for removing sticky bits and debris.
  6. Wipe the tank one last time with a clean cloth, then put it back together and distribute it to your heart’s content.

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Always be careful around pets and children when using essential oils.

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