How to Clean Your Essential Oil Diffuser

Cleaning Your Diffuser

Essential oils can be very corrosive to diffusers if cleaning procedures are not completed. We recommend after every time you run a full cycle or want to change essential oils, that you first completely drain the well of the diffuser.

If you use thick essential oils frequently, such as patchouli, you can run a vinegar cycle outlined below, for a deeper clean. Thicker essential oils can build up in the diffuser and prevent it from working properly.

Your diffuser needs regular maintenance to ensure that it remains in proper operating order. The cleaning process for diffusers is quick and easy – just follow the below steps, and you’ll soon be back to enjoying all the benefits that diffusing Ocean Bottom Soap Company essential oils brings to your space.


  1. Unplug and Empty.
    It’s best to wait until your diffuser naturally runs out of oil so as not to waste any. Let’s not electrocute ourselves. Unplug your diffuser and empty it completely.
  2. Fill with Clean Water.
    Filtered water is preferred so that no harmful elements remain in your diffuser to become dispersed in the vapor. Tap water will work if you don’t have filtered water on hand, but filtered is the best. Be mindful of the fill line and don’t exceed the water level of your diffuser.
  3. Add Pure White Vinegar to Deep Clean (if needed)
    To create a pure and effective cleaning solution, add ten or so drops of vinegar to the water. The vinegar removes any oils that coat the walls of your diffuser.
  4. Swab the Tight Spots
    A cotton swab or the cleaning brush that came with your diffuser can be used to gently remove any deposits that remain in the crevices of your diffuser. Drain and dry the interior completely before the next step.
  5. Rinse and Run
    Fill with clean water being sure not to exceed the fill line. Run as normal for 3 minutes.
  6. Drain and Dry
    After the 3-minute run, drain completely once again and wipe dry. Reach for your cotton swabs again if needed to dry the hard-to-reach areas. Allow time to air dry and ensure the interior is completely dry before adding any new oil.

Your essential oil diffuser can help brighten your day, center your thoughts, and brighten your workspace. Keeping it clean will ensure the continued benefits of essential oils and keep the diffuser in tip top shape. No matter if you have a luxury essential oil or a small fan diffuser for your home or office, proper maintenance means uninterrupted aromatherapy. If you have any questions about maintaining your diffuser or about how to use essential oils, we are here to answer any questions.

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