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How to clean and maintain your ultrasonic diffuser.

Ultrasonic diffusers are a great way to spread essential oils in your room, office or studio. They are safe, quiet and create a relaxing atmosphere. With all that said, one aspect many users forget about when they use their diffuser is the cleaning and maintenance of the diffuser itself. Cleaning your ultrasonic diffuser regularly is a must; it prolongs the life of your diffuser and decreases the chance of essential oils clogging up the ultrasonic plate.

It is better to spend a bit of time to clean and look after your diffuser than to let it slowly break down over time and needing to buy a brand new one. There are many ways to clean an ultrasonic diffuser and you may have come across ways such as using vinegar, detergent, rubbing alcohol, baking soda etc. While all these options can work, here at D:FUSE NZ we prefer to use a vinegar and water solution to clean our diffusers.

Here are the steps we use to clean our essential oil diffusers:

  1. Before you start, make sure the diffuser is emptied out if there is any water present. Using either a soft cloth, kitchen paper, cotton tip, or cotton ball wipe the inside of the ultrasonic diffuser thoroughly. Ideally you want to wipe off any essential oil that is present in and around your diffuser.
  2. Using a cotton tip, dip the cotton tip into some plain white vinegar and swab the ultrasonic plate gently. Your goal here is the same as step one, to remove any essential oil residue, this will decrease the chances of your essential oil diffuser clogging up.
  3. Pour in 1 teaspoon of plain white vinegar with 150mls of water into the diffuser and let it run for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. After 5 to 10 minutes, unplug your diffuser and pour out the water and vinegar solution. If any essential oil residues are present, use a cotton tip dipped in vinegar to remove it. Once that is all done, give your diffuser a quick wipe with a damp cloth or kitchen paper and you are good to go with your essential oils!


If you are a frequent user of your ultrasonic diffuser, we recommend giving it a clean once a month (unless it gets sticky). If your diffuser is used seasonally, it would be best to clean it once a month then again before you store it away. Feel free to leave a comment or flick us an email if you have any further questions about essential oils or ultrasonic diffusers.


Please note when using any essential oils:
Keep out of reach of children. Any essential oil may cause skin sensitivity. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician first. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Happy diffusing!



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