Reed Diffuser

by OnTheFly...DIY
6 Materials
10 Minutes

I absolutely love having my home smelling like my favorite scents but I don’t like all of the harmful chemicals involved in the store-bought plug-in type versions. This easy-to-make reed diffuser only uses a few simple ingredients and has no bad chemicals. It also doesn’t require electricity like plug-ins do and is much safer to use than a candle as you can leave diffusers unattended.

You’ll need: (affiliate links on my blog earn proceeds which are all donated to no-kill animal shelters and rescue organizations ❤ )

Pretty bottle with a narrow neck - I found this one at a thrift store. Thrift stores are FANTASTIC for finding unique glassware!

Bamboo skewers


Rubbing alcohol

Essential oil

Paint, if desired

First, paint your bottle, if desired. I’m using a leafing paint pen to add a little gold accent around the neck of the bottle.

Create a mixture of three parts water to one part rubbing alcohol. For example, my little bottle can hold one cup of liquid. So I’m mixing 3/4 cup of water with 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol to make the correct ratio.

Add several drops of essential oil.

Pour the mixture into the bottle.

Insert five bamboo skewers into the bottle.

Place the diffuser where you want it to reside and allow the reeds to soak. After a few days, pull them out and insert the other end into the bottle – this is called ‘flipping’. You can flip them every few days if desired to keep the scent strong. However, note that the more often you flip, the faster the liquid inside will dissipate into the air.

Replace the skewers every six months or anytime you change to a new essential oil scent in the bottle. This will keep the reeds dissipating smoothly.

And enjoy!

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  • Ola Jordan Ola Jordan on Mar 28, 2021

    So many essential oils are harmful if not lethal to cats and dogs. What do you recommend?

  • Linda Linda on Jul 06, 2021

    how many drops of essential oil would you recommend?

  • Joy Moore Ellis Joy Moore Ellis on Mar 26, 2023

    is it safe to inhale alcohol on regular basis? Is there a substitute?

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