I love using an essential oils diffuser. I use one with a sleepy time mix to help my son get to sleep at night. I also often use one to help with allergies or just to give me a little more energy during the day. I have found a diffuser that is inexpensive and doesn’t break. The first one we bought broke pretty quickly. I think part of the reason that diffusers can break so quickly is that they need to be cleaned fairly regularly.
We have hard water at our house. Add in some sticky diffused oils and you have a mess all over the diffuser. But, if you spend about 10-15 minutes cleaning your diffuser then you can keep it running for years. If you haven’t cleaned your diffuser lately check out these tips on how to clean a diffuser.
I have a NOW diffuser, but most diffusers tend to be fairly similar in the way they work. You have a base system where you add your water and oils and then you have the top cone part.
Start by adding water to your base so it is about 3/4 the way full. Then add around 2 teaspoons of vinegar to the water. Add the cone topper and let it run for about 5-8 minutes. The vinegar will help loosen any of the hard water stains and oil residue.
After about 8 minutes turn off the diffuser and remove the cone top. You can gently run a q-tip around the inside base where the water sits. Make sure you gently run the q-tip around the small plate in the middle of the diffuser too. I have found this is where the oils and hard water really seem to gather. This is also the failure point of some of my other diffusers.
Once you have loosened some of the oils and hard water place the cone back on the diffuser and turn it back on for about 5 more minutes.
After 5 minutes you can turn the diffuser off. Remove the cone top and run water through the cone. This part shouldn’t have any electrical components so you can run plenty of water over it and really scrub it if you need to. Once it is clean set it aside to dry.
Then, carefully dump out the water/vinegar mixture from the base. Use a clean q-tip to clean the inside of the base and small plate again. This should remove most of the hard water and oil residue. Then take a damp paper towel and wipe down the inside and outside of the base. Set the base aside to dry.
Once both parts are dry you can refill your diffuser and start using it again. If you use your diffuser regularly make sure you are cleaning it every couple of weeks. Cleaning your diffuser will not only help it last longer, but it also helps clean all the smells out if you are switching up the oils you are using in the diffuser.
With just 15 minutes time you can keep your diffuser running better and lasting longer.
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