Diffusing essential oils is a great way to freshen the air in your home, but ultrasonic diffusers can be expensive! So why not make your own diffuser and save a few bucks?! Homemade reed diffusers work great, and they’re inexpensive to make. This tutorial will show you step by step how to make your own reed diffuser!
Diffusing essential oils in a homemade reed diffuser will have your house smelling great in no time!
Make Your Own Reed Diffuser
Here’s what you need: (affiliate links below to the products I use and recommend)
- small glass bottle with a narrow opening (I found mine at Michaels for $1.29 each)
- bamboo skewers or rattan reeds
- 1/4 C sweet almond oil
- 1 t rubbing alcohol (must be at least 90% alcohol!)
- 10-15 drops of essential oils for scent
NOTE: Rattan reeds are what come with reed diffusers you can buy in a store; they are recommended because they have large holes in the ends so that the oils can travel up the entire length of the reeds. Bamboo skewers (like for shish kebabs) work too, but the holes in bamboo are smaller than those in rattan, so it may just take a little longer for the scent to diffuse, and you may need to replace them more often.
Try to find glass jars with a narrow opening; the wider the opening the faster the oils will escape, and you don’t want to overwhelm your home with essential oils!
Pour 1/4 C of almond oil into the jar, using a funnel if necessary. Add a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol comes in different strengths, so make sure you use one that is at least 90% alcohol. The rubbing alcohol helps thin the oil out a bit so it can travel up the reeds better.
Stick a reed into the bottle and stir quickly to help mix the alcohol and oil. The oil may get a bit cloudy initially, but that’s ok, it will clear up after a few hours.
Once the alcohol is mixed into the oil, add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil. Add 5 or 6 reeds to the jar, and place it wherever you’d like! It’s that simple to make your own reed diffuser!
After about two hours, flip the reeds over to get the other end submerged in oil. But after the initial flip, you only need to flip the reeds over once the scent starts to diminish (usually in 5-7 days). After a while the reeds will no longer smell at all, even if you flip them. That means they are completely saturated in oil and you’ll need to replace them.
I used Young Living’s Purification oil in one diffuser and Young Living’s Joy oil in the other. Purification is a great generic air freshener; it works to freshen air in an entire room when you diffuse it, or you can add a drop or two to your laundry machine as it runs for a fresh, clean scent in your clean clothes!
And I personally love the smell of Joy! That diffuser is set up in my craft room, because who wouldn’t want a little extra Joy while crafting!
What essential oils would you use?