How to Make Reed Diffuser Refill or Air Freshener

Updated July 20, 2017

Reed diffusers are a safe and effective alternative to scented candles. Made of rattan reeds inserted in a container of scented diffuser oil, they disperse scent by sucking the oil up to their tops, like a straw, where it evaporates into the room. They require little maintenance, continually adding fragrance to your room when refilled regularly. With a few inexpensive ingredients, make your own diffuser oil to refill your diffuser, whenever it empties. Experiment with different scents to find that perfect air refresher for your room.

Add 3 parts fragrance oil and 1/2 part essential oil to a non-reactive container with 7 parts dipropylene glycol, fragrance grade.

Stir the solution with the wooden spoon to mix it thoroughly.

Pour the solution into your decorative glass container until it's 3/4 full.

Insert your rattan reeds into the diffuser receptacle and swirl them around until they are coated with the diffuser oil.

Soak the reeds in the solution for 15 minutes. Flip the reeds over in the diffuser, so that the soaked ends protrude up and out.

Add diffuser oil to the diffuser monthly to maintain the initial fluid level and maximise the amount of fragrance dispersed into the room.


Flip the reeds weekly to maintain a strong fragrance in the room. Flip them less frequently for less aroma and to extend the life of the diffuser oil. Add additional reeds to the diffuser to increase the amount of fragrance released into the room.

Things You'll Need

  • Decorative glass jar
  • Rattan reeds
  • Non-reactive container
  • Fragrance oil
  • Essential oil
  • Dipropylene glycol, fragrance grade
  • Wooden spoon
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Based in Washington, Mariah Elaine has been a freelance writer since 2010. She has professional writing experience in a variety of media including Navy correspondence, business documents and research reports. Elaine holds a Bachelor of Arts in natural science/mathematics from Thomas Edison State College.