Diffusers are a significant investment for your home, family, wellness and business.
And nothing is worse than diffusers that break when you have made such a significant investment. It is very important to care for the diffuser so that you extend its life.
First, let’s talk about types of diffusers.
There are 2 different types of basic functional mechanisms that power diffusers. You first have the ultrasonicating diffusers and there are also nebulizing (aka atomizing) diffusers.
Ultrasonicating diffusers have a metal plate at the bottom of a chamber that is filled with water and essential oil. The metal plate vibrates very fast and thereby propels the water and essential oil into the air. Because water is also being propelled into the air, ultrasonicating diffusers also act as humidifiers.
Nebulizers use a straw to suck 100% essential oil up and then propel tiny droplets into the air. Both are excellent, but they are different.
Ultrasonicating diffusers tend to use less essential oil and produce a more mild aroma in the atmosphere. Nebulizers put strong aromas in a very concentrated area and run the risk of using a lot of essential oil in a very short span of time.
So how do we care for the diffusers?
For both types of diffusers it is important not to use anything except pure essential oil. Oils like Slique Essence contain stevia which can prevent the metal plate from vibrating or clog the straw in a nebulizer. Using this oil in a diffuser may ruin it. For ultrasonicating diffusers, it is critical to clean the diffuser after each use. When the diffuser finishes running, pour out any remaining water and clean the basin. Simply wipe it out with a damp cloth, gently clean the ultrasonicating disk, and wipe off the lid if it is damp. Failure to clean your diffuser each time increases the risk of staining the plastic on the inside.
Nebulizer care is more simple as you really don’t have to clean them, but you can occasionally remove the straw and rinse it in warm water. With nebulizers, it is much more important to be sure that you have the appropriate settings so that you do not end up using an entire bottle of essential oil in a few short hours or days. Turn the dials to make sure that the diffuser is only running for 1 minute every 30 minutes or so. Otherwise the aroma can become too strong, especially for young children and pets, and it simply uses so much oil to let it run much more than that.
Ugh. My diffuser is already stained.
Citrus oils are notoriously bad for staining the inner parts of diffusers. If yours is stained:
- Fill the diffuser halfway with water.
- Add 10-15 drops of white vinegar. (Be aware, this may void some warranties. Check your labels carefully.)
- Run the diffuser for a few minutes, and then turn it off.
- Empty the diffuser and wipe out the bottom with a damp cloth.
This may not remove all of the stains, but it will help to remove some.
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