Affordable Reed Diffuser
After reading a recent article talking about how incense emit carcinogens, I’ve created a DIY project for you! You might already have some of the ingredients on hand, and just need to make a trip to the local thrift shop, dollar store or Marshall’s.
There are a couple options when deciding which kind of Homemade Reed Diffuser you want to make. Or, maybe, you want to make one of each and see which one works best for you in your home.
- The Oil Route
- If you’re going this route, you need a carrier oil. (Read more about carrier oils here.)
- The Water Route
- If you’re going this route, you need alcohol, for sure. You may want to use alcohol with the oil route too, but that’s up to you. Vodka will work in place of 99% rubbing alcohol if you have that on hand. Just sayin’ … that’s what I use. 😉
Homemade Reed Diffuser (Carrier Oil)
- glass container (<— that’s why you need to visit a local store) with a narrow opening. The narrow opening is helpful because it allows your diffuser to last longer. The larger the opening, the faster the mixture will evaporate.
- reeds or bamboo skewers (you can cut off the pointy ends, or leave them on for some funky, decorative thing you have going)
- carrier oil – for this particular DIY, safflower or sweet almond oil will work great because they’re light. Light = easier to travel up the reeds.
- alcohol or vodka (optional)
- essential oil(s) of choice. Get creative here! Mix and match.
- glass container (maybe you have one you can recycle)
- reeds or bamboo skewers (maybe the pointy ends up will keep your pets and children uninterested .. or maybe, it will make them more interested 😉 )
- alcohol or vodka
- essential oil(s) of choice.
- lavender + lemon
- lavender + ylang ylang
- all orange
- eucalyptus + peppermint
- peppermint + lavender (can you tell I really love lavender?)
- cinnamon + clove
- the combos are endless!
- determine how many ounces your container is by filling it with water, then pouring it in a measuring beaker. use 1/2 less of an ounce for the next step.
- to your empty glass container, probably using a funnel, add ___ ounces of oil or of water
- if you’re doing the oil method, using alcohol is optional. alcohol evaporates quickly, so the idea is that it will help carry the scent up the reeds/sticks quicker. if you’re doing the water method, add 2 teaspoons alcohol or vodka
- add 2 drops of essential oil for every ounce of oil/water at the minimum. you may need to play around with this a bit and determine how fragrant you want your diffuser to be. it’s also very dependent how big of a space you’re putting your diffuser in. (larger space = more drops essential oil)
- guess what? this is a DIY project and it doesn’t have to be perfect! add the minimum amount of essential oil so you don’t waste it, and then, if in 24 hours it’s not smelly enough for your liking, remove the reeds, add more essential oils, and put the reeds back in.
- add 3-6 reeds depending on how big your glass container is. let them soak for a couple hours, then flip your reeds. flip your reeds every couple days to keep the aroma strong.