I use my essential oil diffuser almost every single day. If you’re curious about how to use one, check out my previous blog post on essential oil diffusers. It’s a great way to naturally scent your home plus depending what kind of essential oil you use, it might have some super power like disinfecting the air or making your spouse shut the hell up. Well that last one might be an exaggeration, but there are essential oils that can soothe your inner rage. Not that I have that 🙂
After a while of using the essential oil diffuser, you might notice that it gets a bit greasy and gross. Reading online, most posts say to clean after every use which I think is insane. It’s like those hairdressers that tell you to get your haircut every 6 weeks or whatever… “it’ll grow faster”….*insert Borat voice here*….nottttt!
Getting rid of the leftover water and essential oils after each use is a complete waste of both but I’m not surprised that the diffuser people are taking cues from hairdressers to generate more sales. Pfff….big business, eh?! And just like with haircuts, I haven’t cleaned out my diffuser for months. I should do it more often, but maybe every 2-4 weeks with regular usage.
I use a lot of the same essential oils for bed such as lavender, eucalyptus and frankincense (or some combination of those) each night. They’re soothing for night time and anti-bacterial. I’m sure some people will scoff saying I’m some nut, but my husband and I haven’t been sick once this entire winter. How do you explain that?! #suckit
Plus the scent masks all the farting that goes on under the sheets. Not me, of course…I don’t toot.
Cleaning Your Essential Oil Diffuser
2 Tbs white vinegar
Cotton pads or swabs
Empty your diffuser and pour in the water and white vinegar. Turn on the diffuser and let it run for 10+ minutes. After that, pour out the contents. Wipe down the inside with a cotton pad that has some vinegar on it (don’t soak it, but just a splash). Use cotton swabs for the corners.
I was lazy and didn’t want to go get the vinegar so I just used rubbing alcohol. If you don’t have either, you can use vodka, but talk about a waste! You want to clean off all the leftover oils and any built-up grime. Be careful with that little hole at the bottom. Don’t poke it. Also, don’t put any liquid in the holes where the air comes out of as this can ruin the mechanism.
After cleaning the diffuser, I noticed right away that the scents were a lot stronger, so I’m going to have to stay on top of cleaning them every few weeks. If you don’t use them as much, you won’t have to clean as often but I would still clean them with some regularity because the oils are greasy and still linger.
If the diffused oils don’t soothe your rage, a pillow might do the trick….kidding!*
*no I’m not