Want to give your home a soothing scent? If so, then make sure you avoid these 10 mistakes when diffusing essential oils. Mistakes like adding too much water or forgetting to turn off the humidifier can be detrimental to your health and create an unpleasant odor in your home. It is important that you take time to learn about how essential oils work before you start using them for aromatherapy purposes. In this blog post, we will cover some of the most common mistakes people make when diffusing essential oils and what steps you should take instead!
Mistake #1: Using a Diffuser with too much water.
In order to get the most out of your essential oils, you will want to make sure that you have enough oil in the diffuser itself. When there is more water than oil, it can cause problems like an unpleasant odor and drying out faster because all of the essential oils are being dissolved into the water instead of just evaporating off as steam when they would normally do if just placed on top of a heating element. This mistake wastes money and time!
Start by adding about 20 drops for every ounce or gallon size container (or whatever works best) and then fill up with tap water from your sink until full before plugging in your diffuser so no extra water is needed.
Mistake #2: Forgetting to turn off the humidifier when it’s not in use.
When you’re done with your diffusers for the day, make sure that you remember to unplug them so that they don’t accidentally keep running and waste energy! This will also help prevent any accidents from happening as well since there won’t be anyone around who might come into contact with hot or boiling water.
Mistake #3: Using a diffuser where children can get near it (without supervision).
If this mistake is made, then it could lead to burns on small hands or fingers being reached out towards the heated mist coming off of an essential oil diffuser because they think “it looks cool”. It’s also important to make sure that you keep your essential oils out of reach so children don’t accidentally ingest a toxic dose, which could have some serious consequences including vomiting or even seizures.
Mistake #4: Using too much oil at once.
A good rule of thumb is to start with one drop per person and then increase if needed after five minutes but never go above six drops total. If any other people come in the room during this time period, it’s best to wait another few minutes before adding more since everyone has their own preference when it comes to how strong they want an aroma. And there are no accidents like spilling because only a small amount will ever be enough!
Mistake #5: Putting water in a diffuser instead of essential oils.
This might seem like it would work the same way, but water only will cause your diffuser to break down faster because there isn’t any oil in it to protect from corrosion or other damage that can be caused by high heat and humidity levels. This means that you’ll need to replace them more often than if they were made with just aromatic oils!
Mistake #6: Confusing low-quality products for higher-end ones.
Don’t assume that every time you buy an expensive brand name item, then it’s going automatically mean better quality product for less money – this is not always true since some companies are known for cutting corners when making their lowest-end items even though they charge similar prices to those high-end ones.
Mistake #7: Using a diffuser near electronics.
When it comes to using essential oils, the same rules apply as when you’re cooking – don’t cook food in your microwave or leave an air fryer on for too long if there is any chance that it will start producing sparks because this could cause a fire! The same goes with using an aromatherapy diffuser; never put one next to anything plugged into an electrical outlet such as lamps or televisions and try not to use them at all within three feet of these devices so they can maintain their safety rating without getting ruined by possible power surges coming from appliances running on electricity nearby.
Mistake #8: Running out of water.
If this happens, you’ll need to add more water before refilling your diffuser since the mist will stop coming out as it should if there isn’t any liquid left in the machine which means that all of those essential oils are just going to go up into thin air instead! This can cause a lot of wasted money and time so please be sure not to overlook this point when using an aromatherapy diffuser.
Mistake #9: Forgetting what is actually in your humidifier or diffuser.
It’s really easy for people to forget about their different types of devices because they’re not always right next to them where they might use them most frequently but make sure that you know which one has been used recently if you’re going to use it again later. There are a lot of oils that can’t be used in humidifiers because they’ll ruin the machine and vice-versa so make sure not to put essential oil into something where it’s not meant for!
Mistake #10: Not investing in quality diffusers or humidifiers.
There are many benefits associated with using these items but one downside is that some people think about them as just another piece of furniture – this means that they don’t always give proper care by wiping down every surface after using, changing filters regularly, or doing anything else which will lead to corrosion like we were talking about before when water was being mixed with essential oils without any protection from metal parts inside the machine.
Mistake #11: Not getting educated on how to use your diffuser or humidifier correctly.
People might think that the instructions were for someone else who has a different type of model and not theirs because they don’t understand what’s going on with their device. This is why it’s important to consult manuals, guides, and tutorials before using these items otherwise you could make all kinds of mistakes without even knowing about them!
Mistake #12: Putting essential oils in water first instead of loading them into the diffuser at once.
If you’re using an ultrasonic diffuser like some models made by Tisserand Aromatherapy then this will cause major problems since many brands won’t work unless they are loaded with the oils first and then turned on. This also goes for humidifiers too since you can’t just put them into water as well in order to make them work!
Mistake #13: Mixing essential oils together incorrectly.
Some people might think that it’s okay to mix two or more types of these items together but there is no quick way to figure out if this will be safe so please consult an expert before doing something like this – especially when using different brands which could interact negatively with each other without any warning!
Mistake #14: Using a diffuser at night when you’re sleeping near someone else who has asthma.
There have been many cases where people didn’t realize how offensive some essential oils are to people with asthma so they ended up triggering an attack which then caused severe breathing problems. You’ll want to make sure that you have a safe distance when using these items at night or if someone in your home has this condition – around three feet away should be enough!
Mistake #15: Using diffusers and humidifiers for too long without giving the machine some time off.
You might not think about it because there’s no visible warning but just like anything else, all of those metal parts inside will corrode over time from being exposed to water mixed with essential oils day after day, week after week, month after month… It won’t happen overnight but if you don’t give them any kind of break then the machine might stop working altogether and then you’ll need to spend money on a new one!
Mistake #16: Filling your diffuser or humidifier up too high.
You may not think that it will make any difference with the amount of mist released but if you fill either device too full, especially when using oils that are more viscous like citrus types, then the water won’t be able to circulate properly because there’s no room for it – this means that there won’t be as much moisture released into the air and therefore fewer benefits from these items being used.
Mistake #17: Forgetting about safety instructions given by the manufacturer.
This can apply to both essential oils and devices so even though they might seem like common sense, it’s always important to follow the guidelines given by different brands because they know best what will work with their products.
Mistake #18: Not cleaning your humidifier regularly or at all – this is especially true for those who don’t use distilled water when mixing essential oils in!
Water mixed with these items can get stagnant and that means bacteria growth which leads to mold and mildew being created inside of the machine over time if you leave it be. Wipe down every surface after using it too so that there are no traces left behind since some people have allergies to certain types of mold as well!
Mistake #19: Using a diffuser without realizing how much humidity one needs throughout the day.
If you live in a dry climate then this might not be an issue but if the air isn’t humid enough, especially during winter time when cold weather can make it even drier indoors, then using these items won’t do much good. You’ll want to consult with someone who knows about humidity levels and figure out how many hours they need per day – there are apps for that too!
Mistake #20: Thinking fragrance is just as effective without any essential oils mixed into water or soda.
You might have diffusers around your home which don’t use oils at all (especially those made by Tisserand Aromatherapy) so you may think that anything will work fine since it disperses “fragrance” but that isn’t the case. You’ll want to use a water base like distilled or filtered tap with these devices because it will be more humid and you won’t need as many essential oils in order for them to work properly!
Mistake #21: Not cleaning up spills when using diffusers.
Diffusing is an easy way to make your home smell nice but if oil leaks onto any surface then it might not stay there long enough so you could end up having some pretty bad stains on wood, furniture, carpeting… This can happen from static electricity too so do be careful of this one especially since those are difficult surfaces to clean and may require professional help afterwards – unless they’re vinyl floors.