No one likes a smelly house but at the same time, no one is happy to be breathing in chemicals from all the sprays, air fresheners, and wax melts. Unless you’re some kind of addicted sniffer.
These essential oil reed diffusers have become popular over the past several years to make your home smell nice. Problem is there are a lot of chemicals in these concoctions and have even burned people who spilled some of the oil on themselves. That’s messed up.
You’ll hear that the reed diffusers use essential oils and have natural fragrances, but those two last words should also be a red flag. Natural doesn’t mean shit. It is not a regulated word so manufacturers can say anything is natural. Fragrance is another tricky one as manufacturers don’t have to disclose the ingredients in their fragrances as it’s considered a trade secret.
So make your own essential oil reed diffuser! It’s barely any effort and you can change up the scent as much as you like. It’s also significantly cheaper. A store-bought essential oil reed diffuser is generally around $20+ and you might not even get to sniff it ahead of time, so it’s kind of a scent gamble. At home, you can use a slender vase, oil, some sticks, and a few drops of essential oils. That’s basically a couple of dollars plus a glass vase that can be reused over and over again.
Essential Oil Reed Diffuser
1 glass vase that has a slender neck
¼ cup neutral scented oil (grapeseed, sweet almond, fractionated coconut oil)
5 reed sticks or bamboo skewers
20-25 drops of essential oils
1 Tbs isopropyl alcohol (optional)
Pour the oil into the vase. You might add more or less depending on the size of your vase. Put 20-25 drops of essential oils. Once again, more or less depending on how strong the oils are and how strong of a scent you’d like.
Some nice scent combos are:
- Orange & Lavender
- Peppermint & Orange
- Lavender, Lemon & Rosemary
- Lavender, Rose & Clary Sage
- Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon & Lime
- Patchouli & Bergamot
- Chamomile, Orange & Ylang Ylang
Or make your own or just one scent at a time. So pick whatever you want and put into the oil in the vase. Pop the reed sticks/bamboo skewers in.
You can add in some isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) as it will make the scent stronger in the sticks, but it’s optional.
This works just like a store-bought essential oil reed diffuser and you flip the reeds over and soak the dry side in the oil.
Now your house should smell nice, unless it’s dirty, which in that case, clean it.