How to Clean Salt Lamps With Simple Household Ingredients

Have you ever found yourself mesmerized by the warm, reddish-orange glow of a salt lamp, only to be quickly discouraged by the collection of dust and debris that has settled on its surface?

While salt lamps are known for their supposed health benefits, they also require proper maintenance to ensure their effectiveness and longevity.

But don’t fret – the solution to clean your salt lamp may already be in your kitchen! I can easily and affordably clean my salt lamps with just one or two items and can even deep clean them quickly and simply. And I’m going to show you how to do it, too.

So, grab your salt lamp and a few supplies, and let’s get started!

So, Do You Have to Clean Salt Lamps?

As a salt lamp owner, you may be wondering whether you really need to clean your Himalayan salt lamp.

The short answer is yes – while salt lamps are known for their air-cleansing properties, their effectiveness can be compromised when dust and debris accumulate on the surface.

Some purists argue that the salt lamp should not be cleaned, and the accumulation of dust and debris indicates that the lamp is attracting and neutralizing pollutants in the air.

However, it’s crucial to keep in mind that excess dirt can impact the lamp’s function and even shorten its lifespan.

5 Ways to Clean Your Salt Lamp With Household Ingredients

Working as dogsitters means our Himalayan salt lamp gets hairy. The floor lamp nearby attracts spiders that like the heat, & being near the door outside makes it sweat due to added humidity. Over time, this creates build-up.

So what do I do to clean it?

1. Vacuuming

Vacuuming is the easiest way to remove any dust, debris, or pet fur that has collected on your salt lamp. Use a vacuum with an upholstery attachment and gently work around the surface of the lamp to suck away dirt particles.

2. Baking Soda

baking soda and himalayan salt lamp

For tougher stains, baking soda is your friend! I like to keep a jar of baking soda on hand with a small reused protein powder scoop so I can have it ready for any of my natural cleaning needs.

Mix together a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the surface of your salt lamp with a soft cloth. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes before wiping it away with a damp cloth.

3. Microfiber Cloth

Using a microfiber cloth will help remove tougher stains and dirt from your salt lamp. For best results, dampen the cloth with warm water before wiping down the surface of the lamp. This is a great touch-up method that you don’t need any cleaning or household supplies for and can be quickly done as maintenance.

4. Mild Soap

For deep-seated dirt and debris, mild soap can help to loosen particles from the surface of your salt lamp. Simply mix a few drops of mild liquid soap with water, then use a microfiber cloth to gently wipe down the surface of your lamp.

5. Vinegar

If all else fails, vinegar will do the trick! Simply mix one part vinegar with two parts water, then use a damp cloth to wipe the surface of your lamp. Be sure to rinse off the mixture with clean water and allow it to air dry afterward.

A Deep Cleaning Method For Your Himalayan Salt Lamp

If your salt lamp has been poorly neglected and needs a deeper cleaning, here’s a quick and easy method to loosen deeper debris and make your lamp shine like new:

  • Start by turning off your salt lamp and carefully removing the bulb.
  • Then take a bath full of warm water with mild soap in it and immerse the lamp, allowing it to sit for a moment.
  • Use a slightly abrasive sponge to scrub the surface to loosen deeper debris.
  • Take it out of the water and dry it off to check its condition.

If it isn’t fully clean, repeat the process again until it shines like new!

Types of Residue That May Gather on Your Salt Lamp

What kind of gunk and goo can accumulate on your Himalayan salt lamp? Let’s take a look!


Dust is the most common type of residue that collects on the surface of a salt lamp. Dust may be made out of debris on the floor, pet hair, dander, and other particles that are floating in the air.


Mold can form on your salt lamp if it’s placed in a damp environment. If you notice mold growth, take immediate steps to clean it as it can pose a health risk.

Smoke Residue

If you use your salt lamp as a smoke odor eliminator, you might notice smoke residue on the surface. This may look like a yellowish or brownish film that’s sticky to the touch and difficult to remove.

Grease or Oil

Salt lamps in the kitchen may collect grease or oily residue. They may also be susceptible to water spots. Body oils can transfer to your lamp as well. If you touch your salt lamp, oils from your skin may stick to its surface.

Cleaning these stains may require an additional cleaning agent or solution.


If your salt lamp is in a humid environment, it may absorb moisture from the air, leading to a white or brownish film. Use a dry cloth to clean and prevent moisture buildup.

Spider Webs

Your lamp may also be a breeding ground for spider webs and other insects. They may also collect dust and dirt particles, making your salt lamp look less than attractive. Make sure to inspect it often for any signs of spider webs or insect activity.

Can Mold Grow on Salt Lamps?

Yes, mold can grow on Himalayan pink salt lamps made of porous salt. However, it’s important to note that salt has antimicrobial properties that can help prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi.

It does so by drawing water out of the mold’s cell walls, thus preventing the growth of mold on the surface.

To prevent mold growth on your salt lamp, keep it in a dry environment away from sources of moisture or humidity. Regularly wipe and dry the lamp base to prevent moisture buildup.

How to Remove Salt Lamp Residue from Wood

my himalayan salt lamp next to my lily houseplant

Here’s how to remove salt lamp residue from wood in a safe and gentle way:

  1. Start by unplugging the salt lamp and removing it from the wooden surface.
  2. Use a dry cloth to wipe off any loose salt or debris on the wooden surface.
  3. Mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle.
  4. Lightly spray the mixture onto the salt residue on the wood.
  5. Use a soft-bristled brush or a non-abrasive sponge to gently scrub away the residue.
  6. Wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any remaining residue and vinegar.
  7. Allow the wood to dry completely before placing the salt lamp back on the wooden surface.

In order to avoid accumulating reside on your wooden table, place a coaster or another protective layer between the wood and the salt lamp.

How Do I Stop My Himalayan Salt Lamp From Sweating?

My sweating salt lamp

One common issue that salt lamp owners face is sweating or excessive moisture buildup on the lamp’s surface.

If you’re wondering how to stop your Himalayan salt lamp from sweating, here are some tips that might help:

1. Use the right bulb

Salt lamps are usually warmed by a light bulb inside, and using the wrong wattage can cause the inside of the lamp to overheat and sweat. Be sure to use a bulb that matches the manufacturer’s recommendations to prevent this.

When in doubt, lower-wattage bulbs are always a safer bet.

2. Keep your lamp in a dry area

Salt lamps are sensitive to moisture in the air, and placing them in a damp or humid area can cause them to sweat. To prevent this, keep your salt lamp in a dry area and avoid placing it near sources of moisture, such as a kitchen or bathroom.

3. Turn off the lamp when not in use

Leaving your salt lamp on for extended periods can cause moisture to evaporate and accumulate on the surface, making it sweat more. To prevent this, turn off your lamp when not in use, or limit the time it’s turned on.

4. Use a dehumidifier

If you live in a humid climate, using a dehumidifier can help reduce the moisture in the air and prevent your salt lamp from sweating. Dehumidifiers work by drawing the moisture out of the air and storing it in a container, helping keep your home’s air dry.

5. Use a larger lamp

If you have a small salt lamp, it’s more prone to sweating as the small surface area can’t absorb moisture efficiently. The heat of the bulb may be more concentrated, which also increases the chances of sweating. To prevent this, try using a larger lamp that has a bigger surface area to absorb more moisture with the same sized bulb.

The Bottom Line: How to Clean a Himalayan Salt Lamp

Salt lamp care has allowed me to enjoy mine for years without worrying about mold or residue buildup. To ensure the longevity of your salt lamp, follow the above tips and keep the lamp away from sources of moisture.

As long as you keep up with regular cleaning and maintenance, your Himalayan salt lamp will bring positive energy and brighten your healthy home for years to come.

Are you using your Himalayan salt lamp to improve air quality and want more solutions for removing toxins from the air in your home? Check out these VOC air purifier models that can help you breathe easier.

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