Essential oil diffusers are beneficial to us because they help release essential oil vapors that help promote better physical and mental health. The use of essential oils to help reduce stress, improve sleep, improve blood circulation, and boost relaxation, has risen tremendously.
This is because people are looking for natural ways to reduce stress and generally improve their quality of life. Therefore, it’s not surprising that essential oils and diffusers have risen in popularity.
The best part is that oil diffusers are not expensive, and they are easy to operate and maintain. Some people assume that you don’t need to clean an oil diffuser, but you actually do need to clean it as regularly as you use it. Neglecting to clean your diffuser may lead to problems. Your diffuser may stop working properly, or it may start making noise.
Cleaning an Oil Diffuser without Vinegar
Vinegar is commonly used as a cleaner in many households because its cheap and effective at removing grease, dirt buildup, and stains. Baking soda is another equally popular household product that’s used as a cleaner, and like vinegar, it is inexpensive and effective.
When it comes to cleaning your oil diffuser, you may choose to use vinegar. However, if you don’t have vinegar at home or you simply don’t want to use it for one reason or the other, there are other cleaners you can use.
But before you use a cleaner or create a recipe for cleaning your oil diffuser, make sure to read the instruction manual. On the manual, you should get information on how to go about cleaning the diffuser and what cleaners to use and not use.
That said, here are some ways you can clean your oil diffuser without vinegar.
Use Dishwashing Soap
Unplug your diffuser and empty it of any contents. Fill a bowl or jug with warm water and add dishwashing soap, then pour the solution inside your diffuser. Shake it around vigorously for a minute to help clear out the oil buildup inside. Then let the solution sit for just a few minutes before dumping it out.
Don’t get rid of the soapy water first; use a cleaning brush or a cotton swab and dip it in the soapy water and clean the corners and other parts inside the diffuser to remove any oil residue and stubborn dirty.
Rinse the diffuser with warm or cold water and then dry it with a microfiber cloth. Don’t forget to give the exterior a good wipe too.
Use Lemon juice or Lemon essential oil
Both lemon juice and lemon essential oils are natural degreasers, plus they leave a pleasant lemony scent.
To get started, unplug your diffuser and damp any contents inside. Fill your diffuser with warm water but not all the way to the top, add some lemon juice and run your diffuser for about 10 minutes, then pour out the solution. Rinse the diffuser with clean water and dry the inside with a clean, soft dry cloth.
To use essential oil, simply put a couple of drops of lemon essential oil inside the diffuser and swish the oil around and then damp it out. Take a cotton bud and wet it with a few drops of lemon essential oil and give the inside a good scrub. Rinse with clean water and dry completely with a clean cloth.
Use Castile Soap
Castile soap is excellent at removing grease, oil, and dirt buildup, and you can use it to deep clean your oil diffuser.
First, make sure your diffuser is unplugged, and there is nothing inside the diffuser’s water reservoir. Take a large bowl and fill it with water and add a couple of drops of castile soap.
Take the removable parts of your diffuser and put them in the bowl of water, and let them sit for about 5 to 10 minutes. Then clean them with a soft brush or cloth, and rinse with clean warm or cold water.
For the parts that have electrical components, take a cloth and wet it with soapy water and clean the parts to remove any oil and dirt. For stubborn buildup, put a few drops of lemon essential oil on a cotton bud and scrub out the dirt to loosen it. Then rinse with cold water and dry with a clean cloth.
Use Rubbing Alcohol
Unplug your diffuser and empty out the water reservoir. Using a microfiber cloth or other soft cloth, wipe the inside of your diffuser. Then dip a soft cleaning brush or cotton swab into some rubbing alcohol and start cleaning inside. Rinse with cold water and wipe with a clean cloth. Don’t forget to wipe the outside part of the diffuser too.
Use Baking Soda
Unplug your diffuser and pour out any water and essential oils inside the diffuser’s water reservoir. Fill a large bowl with water, and add some baking soda and dishwashing soap. Disassemble your diffuser and put only the parts that don’t have electrical components into the bowl. Leave them there for about 30 minutes and then rinse them with cold water and dry them with a clean cloth.