How to Clean Your Diffuser

We have well water, so I can tell when my diffuser needs some TLC because it looks like our toilets and tubs…ewww. What I mean is that there’s a salmon-colored film all over it or actual hard water scales. If you’re diffuser output seems to be waning, that’s another sign that it’s time to clean it.

how to clean a diffuser

I’m trying to be more of a minimalist so, of course, I threw away the box, instructions, and some tiny little brush minutes after breaking open my diffuser. No worries. You won’t need any of that.

You will need:

  • water
  • white vinegar
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 2 drops melaleuca
  1. Dump out any residual water from the last time, if necessary. Pour away from any openings that lead to the precious circuit board. Getting water into those holes will mean certain death!
  2. Fill your diffuser reservoir with equal parts vinegar and water. This isn’t an exact science, so feel free to eye-ball it.
  3. Add 2 drops of lemon and 2 drops of melaleuca.
  4. Run for about 1 minute. (Again, not rocket science.)
  5. Turn off the diffuser and let it sit for 12 hours or overnight. Also, not rocket science. Basically, you just need to give the vinegar time to do it’s magic.

Other thoughts:

  • I am NOT a fan of touching the ultrasonic disc with that cute little brush or cotton swap…even though some directions would state otherwise. I’ve never had to if I let the vinegar mixture sit for long enough.
  • If the lid or other tiny parts that are not permanently connected to the base need something extra, try soaking them in a mixture of water and vinegar. These can be wiped clean with a soft cloth or cotton swab.
  • Clean your diffuser about every month or as needed depending on your water quality and how much you diffuse.

how to clean diffuser

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