What to do about a leaking salt lamp?

salt lamp is a beautiful and therapeutic addition to any room in your home. But what happens if yours starts leaking? Read on for our essential guide on caring for your salt lamp with the proper cleaning methods and saving yourself the anxiety of panic.

The first thing you’ll need to do is find out where it’s coming from. The most common cause of a leaky salt lamp is condensation accumulating on the inside of the glass bulb and dripping down onto your table or floor below. If this is the case, all you need to do is take a paper towel and wipe up any excess moisture before continuing with these steps.

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1) Put three tablespoons of coarse, unionized sea salt in a clean cooking pot (without handles). Next, pour one liter of boiled water over the salt and set it to boil on medium heat.

2) The steam will fill up the cooking pot, so you’ll need to lift off the lid at this point. When the steam has died down, add three tablespoons of fine unionized sea salt into the water and stir with a clean utensil (wooden or plastic). Your goal is to make your mix resemble wet sand. Do not use metal utensils as they could react with your salt lamp.

3) To get rid of any remaining moisture in your mixture, pour out what’s leftover for you to gather back later. Then, put a small amount onto a piece of paper towel or non-absorbent cloth, and let it dry for 30-40 minutes in a well-ventilated area.

4) The resulting mixture will be almost like wet sand, and this is the correct consistency to use with your salt lamp. Once you’ve got the right amount, pour some of it into an old stocking or cotton cloth that’s been cut open at both ends. Squeeze out any excess air and tie securely around your salt lamp. Let it sit overnight until the following evening. To maintain moisture, add more sea salt mix every three days, depending on how much evaporates from breathing alone while it’s turned off.

5) After a week or so of leaving your lamp to cure, turn it back on and watch as crystals form down where the salt is attached. You can also wipe up any moisture that appears on the glass before it has a chance to drip down onto your surface below. And remember to clean your lamp at least once a month for good maintenance.

As you can see, cleaning a salt lamp yourself is simple and can save you time and money by hiring someone else to do it for you. However, if crystals continue to form inside of the glass bulb, this might indicate that there’s some moisture trapped there as well. In that case, take a look at this easy tutorial for cleaning inside of a salt lamp, and you’ll be sure to have it sparkling again in no time!

What not to do with your salt lamp

It’s worth mentioning that you should never put water or any other liquid on your salt lamp. Yes, it might be tempting if it looks like the crystals are starting to leave a residue on the bulb exterior, but you must resist this urge at all costs. It’s because adding moisture will cause the salts inside your lamp to start reacting again and eventually dissolve into a liquid. This, in turn, could lead to rusting of metal parts over time – and potentially even damage its electrical components.

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Other than putting liquids on your salt lamp, some other actions can affect the long-term health of your sea salt light as well:

– The first is placing it near direct sunlight for extended periods. This is because the bulbs are a miniature version of what’s used in tanning beds, and that can affect its light quality at best or shorten its lifespan at worst.

– The second thing you should avoid is keeping your salt lamp in contact with water, including humidity and moisture from heavy airflow as well. It’s why having it on a table near a ceiling vent can be problematic as well since suction will pull down any water vapor that accumulates inside of the bulb. To add to this, if the liquid does get into your lamp due to condensation or excess spillage, wipe it clean with a dry cloth to prevent corrosion or rust that may lead to permanent damage over time.

The same goes for putting it in a dishwasher or washing machine as well. Again, it’s because the high-pressure water spray can lead to your salt lamp becoming damaged in the same way an unprotected electronic gadget might.

– The third thing you shouldn’t do is use any chemicals, such as soaps or detergents, to clean your lamp. The reason for this is that it might cause the salts to break down over time and turn into a liquid instead of remaining in their solid-state. This could eventually lead to rusting of metal parts and potentially even damage its electrical components.

– The last thing you shouldn’t do with your salt lamp is move it around a lot. It’s because this could cause the glass to break and create small pieces of sharp debris that can be harmful if they’re ingested by pets or children who like to chew on things.

What to do about a leaking salt lamp?, Zazzy Home

So what are the best practices when caring for your lamps?

1) Use distilled water instead of tap water to prevent any scale build-up from occurring over time. If you use tap water, boil it well first to kill off any bacteria or organic matter that may affect its luster and appearance in the long run. Some people also leave their salt lamps outside during the summer months for several weeks while changing out their liquid every other month

2) Regularly wipe down the surface of your lamp and bulb with a damp cloth or a microfiber cleaning cloth to remove any dust that may accumulate over time. This will help prevent salt from being rubbed off due to static electricity (see comment below). Some people who live in dry climates also add a little bit of water into it each month to keep the salts mixed well.

3) If you accidentally spill water on your lamp, just quickly wipe it clean with a dry cloth as soon as possible. If there’s still trace amounts of moisture left behind, don’t worry too much since this is common for some lamps and not something worth worrying about. You can even use alcohol if needed but never do this with your lamp on

4) If your lamp has a dimmer, make sure you don’t lower its brightness to the point that it’s not lighting up at all. It’s because this will cause the salts to reform into larger chunks and eventually block the light from coming out of the bulb altogether

5) Don’t worry about turning off your lamps when you go to sleep or leaving them on while going for extended periods. This is because they’re virtually powerless devices with no way for salt pebbles inside of them to heat up. Even if they did get hot enough to catch fire, there wouldn’t be any open flames since glass prevents oxygen from getting in contact with the sodium nitrate inside (in other words, they don’t have a pilot light as you’d see with an oil lamp).


Salt lamps are great for creating a peaceful, calming environment in your home. But when they start leaking, it could be time to clean them! If you want to learn how to make sure the cleaning process goes as smoothly as possible and avoid any potential mishaps with your salt lamp, check out our guide on what not to do with your salt lamp. Thanks so much for reading, and please leave us a comment below if you have any questions or need help getting started.</span


Claire is a blogger, writer, and designer with a passion for making the most out of any space. She's worked in interior design and maintenance for over a decade, and has learned how to make the most of even the smallest room. Claire shares her expertise, where she offers tips and tricks for creating beautiful, functional spaces on any budget. When she's not blogging or designing, Claire enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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