Homemade Essential Oil Reed Diffuser

Essential oil reed diffusers are a quick and easy way to keep your house smelling fresh. Place one in the entryway to keep away smells from stinky shoes, wet outdoor gear or odors carried inside. Keep one in the bathroom to keep it smelling fresh all day long. Or, keep one in the living room to keep smells from the kitchen from lingering there. Reed diffusers are a great alternative to chemical laden air fresheners and are safer than burning candles all day long. All you need for this simple DIY project is:

  • a glass vessel with a narrow opening
  • a set of rattan reeds
  • an essential oil or two
  • a small bottle of sweet almond oil
  • a funnel or measuring cup with a spout

You can easily find vessels, reeds, essential oils and almond oil online. Reed diffusers create a subtle, uplifting aroma so if you prefer a stronger scent in your home, you may want to use an ultrasonic air diffuser with your essential oils. To make your diffuser, simply combine 1/4 cup of almond oil with 30 drops of essential oil in your glass vessel and insert 4-5 rattan reeds into the oil. The oil will travel up the reeds and disperse the scent. The more reeds you use, the stronger the smell will be but the sooner the scent will run out. Flip the reeds every few days to maintain the scent. Once the scent fades, toss out the oil and saturated reeds, wash and dry the vessel, and repeat the process. A narrower opening is preferred since it will slow down evaporation. I’ve seen some people recommend the addition a teaspoon of alcohol (either 90%+ rubbing alcohol or vodka) to help move the oil through the reeds. Or replacing the almond oil with a mixture of water and alcohol. I’ve found that the oil works well so that’s my preference.

When it comes to selecting your essential oil combination I don’t think you can really go wrong. There are endless combinations! I suggest playing with not only different combinations of scents but the ratio of each scent. Here are a few of my favorite essential oil combinations:

  • Peppermint + Orange
  • Cinnamon + Peppermint
  • Tea Tree + Eucalyptus + Rosemary
  • Lavender + Lemon + Rosemary
  • Eucalyptus + Lemon
  • Lavender + Tea Tree

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