Diffusers and Mould
Many of the homes I assess have essential oil diffusers.
Whilst I love that more people are using essential oils, I have concerns about the essential oil diffusers that harbour mould… and then potentially spread it throughout your home.
So, let me share with you ways to avoid mould – and fragrant oils!
Some key points about essential oil diffusers that require water:
- they add moisture to your indoor air
- the water inside them is infrequently changed
- the tubes within them are impossible to dry out – and this is where I see the most mould – and they are equally impossible to clean!
- use an electric oil diffuser – such as this one that requires no water at all
- put essential oils on a cotton ball or tissue
- grow fresh herbs and enjoy their aroma
Why we Don’t Want to Add Moisture to the Indoor Air
Mould spores are everywhere. They are an important part of our world. We just don’t want them growing in our homes.
Mould requires food and moisture to flourish. Usually the spores are sitting on food. So the thing that we CAN control is moisture.
When there is enough moisture (high humidity levels or a material is wet for 48+ hours) mould can proliferate. This sets off a chain of events, which for those who are sensitive or sensitised can be extremely problematic. Mould can be detrimental to our health as well as to the structure of the building.
Taking steps to reduce moisture levels is ideal – and avoiding adding it is even better!