How to clean a diffuser

A scented oil diffuser is a small or medium-size device that disperses essential oils to the air by using several procedures. These oils can be used to purify the air by killing fungus and all bacteria of the environment, or just aromatized your preferred areas to get relaxed, lower your levels of stress, improve your sleeping hours, repel insects and protect your family, better your breathing, relieve chronic pain and as a consequence, your cognitive function will get better as well. According to what you want to improve in your life you can choose a specific scent. For example, peppermint, eucalyptus or lemon for better breathing or chamomile for easing your nerves.

By inhalation, the small particles of the oils can enter our bodies through our nose membranes. This smell is transformed into brain signals to which it reacts by releasing wellness substances depending on the particular characteristics of the essential oil.

Diffusers are also a safer choice to incense and candles which can be dangerous if you have children or pets sensitive to strong smells. You can also avoid unnecessary risks like burns, candle wax spills on you and your furniture or fires.

There are many types of diffusers according to the process they apply to emit the oils into the air. They all have lots of benefits but also limitations. There is the nebulizer (atomization) type, the ones that work by heating the oils, the evaporative (by fan or wind) and the ultrasonic ones.  For example, nebulizer ones free the oils by force in the form of atoms which guarantees its concentration and purity. If you want to go for aromatherapy this could be your best choice because they do not need the heat of water which does not alter the qualities of the oil.

There are also diffusers that heat the oils until they get evaporated. This can be done by placing the oil next to the heat. Diffusers can work by means of electricity or using candlelight. Some of the advantages of these are that they tend to be cheaper but heat can change the characteristics of the oil and lose its special properties. There are also ultrasonic diffusers that use vibrations to break the oil into microparticles creating a sort of steam into the air. In general, diffusers tend to be very quiet allowing relaxation, sleeping or working peacefully.

Since your diffuser can be essential to improve your health and life quality and your family´s it is important to keep it clean. Essential oils can leave residues on the inside affecting how the device works. Follow these tips to learn how to clean a diffuser quickly and easily, so you can keep spreading those scents all around your favorite spaces.

Cleaning your diffuser

To clean a diffuser depends on its type and how they work but you can follow these steps to clean almost every type of diffuser whether an atomizing one or an ultrasonic one. Remember that you should always keep the manufacturer´s manual at hand and check for the recommended procedure before attempting anything.

First, you will need to have ready some anti-grease soap, cotton cloth to damp, a dry cotton cloth, some alcohol, some vinegar, and one or two Q-tips.

To start you must always unplug the diffuser and separate its removable parts. If your diffuser uses water that evaporates to heat the oils make sure to empty it and clean it with a soft cotton cloth damped in a soppy solution (water and anti-grease soap) to eliminate oily residues. Make sure you clean it on the inside and outside. Rinse the cloth and pass it over the whole surface of the container. Finally, wipe it with the dry cloth.

Clean diffuser with alcohol

For a deeper effect, you can clean the diffuser chip and water container by using an alcohol damp cotton swab and rub it over the chip removing extra oil, sediments or minerals from the water.  If you have had your diffuser for a long time and never cleaned it, fill the container with some water and add a few drops of white vinegar (10 tops), put everything together, plug the diffuser and turn it on. This helps eliminate any oils remaining on the inside and disinfect the device. Leave it on for ten minutes. Remember: clean diffuser with alcohol will always need extra precautions.

Turn it off and unplug it again, dump the water, wipe the excess, add more clean tap water and some essential oils so you can start to diffuse them away once more!

In some other cases with so much daily use, you can start seeing some brown stains on the inside and on the top of the young living home Diffuser. If so, take the lid off to soak it overnight to remove these stronger stains. Cleaning young living diffuser is not a complicated task. Patience!


  • clean the diffuser with strong solvents or chemicals, using only alcohol or vinegar
  • To sink the whole device in water because its electrical parts can get damaged such as fan intake. Wires, sensors, etc.
  • To clean your diffuser while still plugged. Avoid unpleasant accidents.

How to clean a diffuser: remember

Clean the diffuser, if possible, after every use or change of scent. This will help reduce the essential oil accumulation in time. So, show some appreciation for all the hours of relaxation and health by deep cleaning your diffuser at least 1-2 times a month.

Inhaling scented oils can represent a huge benefit for you and your family´s life quality so if you have not decided yet to start with the aromatherapy thinking about the mess and danger of oils and candles, using a diffuser is the best choice for you. Choose the one that best suits your needs and allows it to benefit your physical by giving you relief from allergies, sores, digestion, nausea, and migraines without taking any pills. Obviously, this will result in the benefit of your and your family´s mental health lowering the levels of anxiety, depression rates, and mood states. So why don´t you give it try!

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Jim Powell

Jim is our staff editor and writer. He has a degree in engineering. His hobbies are radio engineering and new technologies about which he has been writing for more than 7 years.

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