Diffuser FAQs including how to clean your diffuser

Posted by Micki Mutch on

Here are some FAQs to help keep your diffuser clean and your oils smelling great. 

Can I use one diffuser for all of my oils?

Yes! No need to own a million diffusers (unless you want to) but one can be used for all of your oils. You can mix oils right in the diffuser too. Try 2 drops of peppermint with 6 drops of lavender, right in the water tank! 

What kinds of oils can I diffuse?

This is important. Make sure you're using pure essential oils without "carrier" oils such as jojoba, coconut, or almond oil. Viscous oils could clog up your machine. 

If natural is important to you, be choosey about the oils you buy and avoid "fragrance oils" or "aromatherapy oils". Keep it simple and stick to "pure essential oils". 

Do I need new water each time I use my diffuser?

Well, it's a personal preference, but you can definitely reuse the water between uses. Since most oils will be diffused through the machine each time you use it, feel free to simply add new oils between cleanings. You don't need to empty the tank and clean the machine after each use (though you can if you wish). 

And you get to save some water for the fishes. 

How do I clean my diffuser?

For any Olfactory Shop diffuser, the best way to clean is to disconnect the cord from the machine (if possible), toss any old water over the "drain here" side and wipe the machine with a cloth and a splash of white vinegar.

Clean any oil remnants from around the inside of the water tank with a cotton swab if necessary and allow to dry fully.

Then you can either run the machine once more with just water (no oils), or simply put it to use again.

Check with your machine's instructions if they include any other methods specific to your machine.


And those are my most frequently asked questions about diffusers! Please let me know if you have any other questions!

<3 Micki



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