DIY Reed Diffuser

After removing so many artificial chemicals from Wooville, I realized that I missed air fresheners and wall plug types of products–which may have been because of the 2 little boys in the house (they don’t always smell like a spring breeze). Anyway, there are several types of electric essential oil diffusers out there, but I’m not convinced that I want to deal with another humidifier (because that’s basically what they are). So, that’s when I made Body & Linen Spray and experimented with ways to diffuse essential oils. To me, the easiest ways to freshen the air (short of doing laundry, dusting, vacuuming, insert blank stare here) are sprays and reed diffusers!!! 

reedsIf you have a reed diffuser (just rattan reeds and a small glass vase/container), they can be refilled very inexpensively. If you want to make your own, you can actually make several for the price of 1 new set. I made quite a few out of empty essential oil bottles–I just wrapped them with contact paper I had left over from another project to make them more attractive (a little cheesy, but they actually turned out pretty cute). You can find reeds at craft stores or Amazon has these (and I cut them in half since my containers were short).  Or, keep your eyes open at garage sales and thrift stores for an entire set–I found the one in the picture for $0.25. LOL

The “magic potion” that you can buy at the store to refill the diffuser will cost you easily $5.00-$10.00 for 8 ounces, or about $2.50-$5.00 per refill (based on a 4 ounce vessel). DIY will cost you about $0.25 and take you about 60 seconds to do. I have tried a few different formulations, with/without a carrier oil or alcohol, and have found my favorite to be remarkably similar to the Body & Linen Spray recipe. Water, rubbing alcohol, and essential oil/fragrance oil.

THE RECIPE: Reed Diffuser Refill

Makes about 4 ounces

1/3 cup water
2 Tbs rubbing alcohol
20 drops essential or fragrance oil of choice

1. Add water, rubbing alcohol, and essential/fragrance oil to your reed container/vase. Place reeds back in the liquid and refill again when empty. :)

I’ve read (possibly even from directions on a box set–crazy, I know!) that you can flip the reeds over occasionally to help with the evaporation.

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