Diffusing essential oils is both easy and effective for experiencing the benefits of aromatherapy. However, you may notice that your diffuser will have a buildup of oil residue over time, which could prevent it from working the way it’s intended to as well.
Aside from knowing how to use it properly, you must also need to know how to take care of it. Here’s how you can do both:
How to Use an Aromatherapy Diffuser
1. Use clean water at room temperature. Make sure that the water level stays at the mark in the diffuser.
2. Add five to ten drops of your essential oil of choice. You can add more drops to make the scent stronger, and you can experiment with different types of oils to find out what combination and fragrance works for you.
When using essential oils, avoid trying to add too many drops, as this could result in a fragrance that’s too strong.
You should also avoid trying to mix different types of essential oils at random – not all of them work well with each other, and mixing certain oils together can even result in some allergic reactions.
When using your diffuser, be sure to do so in a clean, dry location, and avoid using it near a fan (this disperses the oils into the air too quickly for them to have any effect) or under direct sunlight (this could have a negative effect on the oils.
How to Clean an Aromatherapy Diffuser
1. Unplug your diffuser before cleaning it out, and remove any excess water from the water tank by pouring from the rear. This keeps any water from getting to the diffuser’s operating buttons.
2. Clean the water tank and the diffuser using neutral detergent cotton cloth (avoid using any harsh detergents on your diffuser) or a small foam brush.
3. Allow your diffuser to dry.
4. Dip a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and use it to wipe off any remaining ultrasonic mist chips still inside the water tank.
Be sure to deep clean your diffusers at least once a month to make sure that the residue doesn’t build up in your machine, especially if you use it regularly for your home or office, or even to go along with a massage.
To deep clean your aromatherapy diffuser, fill it halfway with clean water and add ten drops of white vinegar.
After allowing it to run for five minutes, drain it completely from the rear and clean the tight spots and corners using a cotton swab that’s dipped in vinegar.
Once that’s done, be sure to rinse with clean water and wipe the diffuser thoroughly with a dry cloth.