Learn how to make your house smell amazing for pennies by making a DIY Reed Diffuser. Your home will smell good in no time when you make a reed diffuser DIY at home that will cost almost nothing to make.
Reed diffusers are expensive. I’ve seen them around for as little as $19 all the way up to $50. I’m going to show you how to make a homemade reed diffuser for zero or almost zero if you don’t have all of the supplies on hand.
For me, making this DIY reed diffuser was a zero-cost project. I had everything on hand and it took me less than 5 minutes to set up. Let me show you how simple it is!
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How to use a reed diffuser
The use of a reed diffuser is quite simple. Instead of having a candle burning, steamer, or other diffuser going, the reed diffuser will give off your favorite scents.
The reeds will absorb the scent of the essential oil you choose and release it into your home. Place your DIY reed diffuser in a safe place in your home that you want to improve the scent of.
Supplies you’ll need to make a DIY Reed Diffuser
The supplies are simple, easy to find, and who knows, you might have everything on hand. DIY Reed diffuser supplies:
- Glass or ceramic jar with a narrow opening
- 6 Reeds or bamboo skewers (I used bamboo skewers)
- 55-60 drops of essential oils
- 1/4 cup mineral oil, almond oil, or safflower oil (I used mineral)
- 2 tbsp rubbing alcohol or vodka (I used rubbing alcohol)
- Scissors (only if using bamboo skewers)
- Funnel (optional)
- Measuring cup
How to make a DIY Reed Diffuser
The steps are so simple. Start to finish this took me maybe 5 minutes. I did make a total of 3 so my home would smell like a spa.
Grab your glass or ceramic container and funnel. I made sure to use a funnel for this step so I won’t make a mess.
Place the funnel over the jars opening and pour in 1/4 cup of the oil of your choice into the jar.
Pour in 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol into the jar. Remove the funnel. Taking 1 of the skewers stir to combine the rubbing alcohol and the oil together.
Add your chosen essential oil to the mixture. I did not use a funnel for this step.
To get the full effect of the reed diffuser you’ll want a 70/30 ratio. 70% oil 30% essential oil. So you’ll want 55-60 drops of oil.
If you’re using skewers you’ll want to cut the points off of them. Since I had skewers on hand this is what I used. I cut the tips off and then added 6 skewers to each jar.
Test! I had these sitting out for a day or so testing the level of scent that was coming out to see if I needed to add more essential oils or if it was too powerful. 60 drops seem to do the trick for me!
I loved how easy this was to make and how inexpensive it was to really make my home smell like a spa! If you have any troubles below are some common problems you might run into
Homemade reed diffuser not working
If you find that your DIY reed diffuser is not working, try adding more essential oils to the the mixture. Some essential oils aren’t as potent as others that’s why I tested mine for a few days to see how well it was working.
How to Make Reed Diffuser Smell Stronger
Like before, if you don’t feel that your reed diffuser is giving off enough scent, try adding 5-10 more drops to the mixture to increase the smell.
Can you refill a reed diffuser?
Yes, and it’s simple! Follow the above steps to refill a reed diffuser. You may want to replace the reeds if you’re changing the scent.
How often to turn reeds in diffuser?
You may want to turn your reeds about once a month. If you notice that your reed diffuser has stopped giving off enough scent it might be time to turn the reeds.
When you turn the reeds check the oil level, you may need to refresh the oil at the same time.
Diffuser oil recipes
The wonderful thing about making these yourself is how customizable the scents are. I have a full post here with many different reed diffuser oil recipes. Here are my favorite seasonal recipes
Summer diffuser oil recipe:
- 15 drops of lavender
- 15 drops of bergamot
- 10 drops of eucalyptus
- 10 drops of chamomile
Fall diffuser oil recipe:
- 15 drops of orange
- 15 drops of cinnamon
- 10 drops of clove
- 10 drops of vanilla
Winter diffuser oil recipe:
- 15 drops of peppermint
- 15 drops of thieves
- 10 drops of oregano
- 10 drops of frankincense
Spring diffuser oil recipe:
- 15 drops of lavender
- 15 drops of ylang ylang
- 10 drops of elemi
- 10 drops of geranium