How to Make Reed Diffuser Refill or Air Freshener

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How to Make Reed Diffuser Refill or Air Freshener
Reed diffusers are easy to make and maintain. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

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.

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Things you need

  • Decorative glass jar
  • Rattan reeds
  • Non-reactive container
  • Fragrance oil
  • Essential oil
  • Dipropylene glycol, fragrance grade
  • Wooden spoon

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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