How To Clean an Essential Oil Diffuser Naturally

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How to Clean Essential Oil Diffuser

Learning how to clean a diffuser is pretty simple. To clean an essential oil diffuser you need only water, vinegar, and essential oils.

Essential oil diffusers are very popular right now. Using them helps to disperse essential oils into the air, making them a vapor that is more readily used by your body. But, over time, the oils can build up, mold can grow, and worse, bugs can get in. Ewww! Luckily, there’s a super-easy way to clean them.

How to Clean Essential Oil Diffuser

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First, empty the diffuser and wash any parts that you can, and set them aside to dry. Next, in the water chamber, add distilled water and 10-15 drops of white vinegar, depending on the size. Let the diffuser run for 5-8 minutes. Yes, it will disperse vinegar into the air, so you may want to do this step outside. Another alternative is to place it in the shower, on a stool or something, and turn the fan on.

The next step is to rinse the unit out and replace the vinegar water with plain distilled water. This will rinse any remaining vinegar from the unit. Run this part for 5-8 minutes as well.

The last step to clean a diffuser is to use plain distilled water again, but add a cleansing essential oil such as lavender or rosemary. After this runs for 5-8 minutes, you can rinse it out or just add your favorite blend.

Why Vinegar to Clean a Diffuser?

White vinegar is distilled to remove any particles or impurities from it. It is called white, but in truth, is clear. It is often stronger than apple cider vinegar, making it a great cleansing agent. Vinegar helps to break up oils and can also help to dissolve minerals. Using tap water in an area that has lime in the water, like some regions in Kentucky, or metallic minerals like here in Western North Carolina, can leave a build-up of minerals in your diffuser unit. The vinegar will help to break that down.

With Other Types of Vinegar Work?

Other kinds of vinegar will work, but you may need to rinse any leftover particles out of your unit.

Bonus: now that your diffuser is clean make your own diffuser oil blends.

You may have never thought about how to clean your diffuser unit, but it is simple and it needs to be done!


About Debra Maslowski

Debra is a master gardener, a certified herbalist, a natural living instructor, and more. She taught Matt and Betsy how to make soap so they decided to bring her on as a staff writer! Debra recently started an organic herb farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina. You can even purchase her handmade products on Amazon!

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