About Essential Oils

How to Clean Your Diffuser (Yes! You Really Need To!)

We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post.

Clean your diffuser? Huh?

We have diffusers in nearly every room of our home.  It was only recently, however, that I learned that you should be cleaning your diffuser regularly – in fact, some manufacturers suggest cleaning after every use!

essential oil diffuser; clean your diffuser

Before we get into HOW to clean diffusers, let’s take a look at some basics:

What is a Diffuser?

A diffuser is an aromatic method of enjoying the benefits of essential oils.  They break down the oils into small particles that “diffuse” into the air and disperse the aroma throughout the room.

Aromatically using essential oils has numerous emotional and therapeutic benefits. They can even help with focus and concentration!

sweet aroma diffuser young living; clean your diffuser

There are many different diffusers out there including some that play music and display different light colors.  The diffuser in our media room is always on the red light setting when the Chiefs play!

I prefer the diffusers from Young Living as they are the highest quality and longest lasting diffusers that I’ve found.

Why Should You Clean Your Diffuser?

If you use your diffuser often, like me, it’s important to keep it in the best shape possible so that it continues to work effectively.

Diffusers can build up reside left behind from the water and oils you use. That residue can affect how well the diffuser work and the quality of the diffusing.

If you aren’t cleaning your diffuser regularly, here are some things to watch out for:

  • If your diffuser isn’t diffusing properly
  • If you notice it’s not misting the way it used to
  • If you hear any strange noises coming from it
  • If the usual sounds it makes get louder
  • If you notice discoloration on the inside (it looks grimy and dirty, maybe even stained)

Even if you aren’t noticing any of the above, it is recommended that you clean your diffuser once or twice a month to reduce the amount of buildup and keep it working optimally.

All diffusers include cleaning instructions in the box, however, you may have no idea where to find the instructions that came with it. No worries!  I’ve got you covered for how to clean your diffuser!

How to clean your diffuser (the method used for diffusers with an ultrasonic plate)

  1. Turn off and unplug your diffuser.
  2. Wipe out the reservoir with a wet cotton cloth or Q-tips.
  3. Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and clean the ultrasonic plate to remove any extra buildup.
  4. Rinse the reservoir with water; then wipe it clean and dry up excess water with a soft cloth.
  5. Add water and essential oils; then diffuse away!

You can also use Thieves Household Cleaner to clean your diffuser. Don’t use dish soap or any other cleaning products you may have laying around. In addition, don’t use an all-purpose cleaner, window cleaner or any other cleaner with potentially toxic ingredients.

If you do, when you diffuse the next time, you’ll be diffusing those chemicals right into your room and lungs!  No way, Jose!  Stick with rubbing alcohol or the amazing Thieves cleaner!

TIP: Rinse and wipe out your diffuser after every use. This will help minimize the essential oil buildup. 

Some diffuser brands recommend cleaning after every use. It may seem easier just to leave the water and the oils in the diffuser for next time, but some oils can be corrosive. If you want your diffuser to have a long life and work at its top performance level, empty it and give it a wipe-down after each use.

You can also inadvertently affect the experience of new oils if there are leftover oils with a different scent that were left. A few other tips to keep your diffuser working at its best are to avoid placing it in direct sunlight or right next to a fan. Make sure to unplug it before you clean it and give the top a wipe down when it gets dusty. Take care of your diffuser and give it regular cleanings to maximize the benefit from your investment.

Troubleshooting your Diffuser

Diffuser not working properly and cleaning your diffuser hasn’t helped? Check out this video for troubleshooting your diffuser.

With proper care and simple maintenance, high quality diffusers will last you years and years!

How often do you clean your diffuser?

Grab your free PDF with amazing spring diffuser blends below!

Living the Oily Life,


Sharing is caring!

Similar Posts