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Your Guide to Caring For Your Oil Diffuser

If you’re the proud owner of an oil diffuser, you know just how essential they are to your lifestyle. You probably pop in an energy-boosting scent in the morning to get an excellent energetic start to your day and then wind down with some pleasant calming scents at night.

This heavy use on your oil diffuser may leave you wanting to know how to clean an oil diffuser; Everlasting Comfort has an article on why this is important and how often should you wash it, and does it require any other type of maintenance?

After all, you do get a lot of use out of it, and you want your current model to last you as long as possible, so you don’t have to go out and buy another one.

Keep it Clean

Keeping your oil diffuser clean will ensure that it lives a long time while continuing to produce the best scents possible. Your oil diffuser needs to be cleaned both on an everyday basis after each use and deep-cleaned regularly. Let’s go over how to take care of your diffuser both ways properly.

Of course, you should always refer to the instruction guide of your specific essential oil diffuser, as the method may be different depending on the type of diffuser you have. For these instructions, we’re cleaning a basic essential oil diffuser.

Routine Cleaning

To ensure that your essential oil diffuser presents the best scents possible, you should clean your diffuser after every use, especially when switching between different scents. If you don’t clean it between scents, you may not get clean scents each time.

After you’ve finished diffusing an oil, empty any remaining water out of the reservoir, make a habit of doing this as soon as possible, so you’re not leaving any stagnant water behind. You should never stop diffusing something, leave the water in the reservoir and then continue diffusing the same water and oil again at a later time.

You should always start with fresh water, as stagnant water can create build-up in your machine, and residual oil may linger, affecting the scent the next time you begin diffusing.

Daily cleaning is easy, just dump out the water that’s still in the reservoir and give it a quick rinse to make sure it’s clean of any residual oil before you start a new cycle.

Deep Cleaning

To deep clean your diffuser, you’ll first want to unplug the machine and empty any remaining water in the container. Then, fille the diffuser halfway with plain water and a teaspoon of white vinegar. Run the diffuser for 5-10 minutes with this mixture inside so the vinegar has a chance to move through all parts of the system.

After 5-10 minutes, empty the container and rinse it out. Clean any loose components like the vent separately using warm water and dish soap, but make sure to dry them thoroughly before using them again.

Allow your device to air dry entirely before you use it again.

Aroma oil diffuser on wooden table

Treat Yourself!

The best way to experience a freshly cleaned essential oil diffuser is to treat yourself to a new scent or a new medley of aromas. Make sure to always dilute your essential oils properly in water. Using too much can be overpowering, causing migraines or headaches when the smell is too much.

Remember, cleaning your essential oil diffuser regularly and routinely can help to elongate its lifespan, protecting it from build-up or lingering scents. Cleaning will ensure that you get a crisp scent every time you use it. If you don’t clean it, your scents may be muddy, and you won’t get all the benefits associated with those oils.

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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