Catalytic lamps provide a warm glow in any room. The soft light is pleasing to the eye and creates a mood of romance. The oil used within the lamps is normally unscented. Scented oil is available on the market and possible to make by adding a few drops of essential oil to the mixture. Clear catalytic diffuser oil is made from isopropyl alcohol and distilled water. Make coloured oil by adding a few drops of food colouring.
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Things you need
- 473ml bottle isopropyl alcohol, 91 to 96 per cent alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
- Distilled water
- Measuring spoons
- Permanent marker
- Food colouring (optional)
- Essential oil (optional)
Open the 473ml bottle of isopropyl alcohol. Measure and add 1 tsp of distilled water to the open bottle.
Optional: Add 1/2 tsp of essential oil and/or one to seven drops of food colouring to the open isopropyl alcohol bottle.
Close the lid on the bottle and shake vigorously.
Label the outside of the container as "Diffuser Oil."
Fill the catalytic oil lamp with the homemade diffuser oil. Store the unused portion of fuel in a safe location.
Tips and warnings
- Tightly secure the lid on the catalytic oil lamp. The isopropyl alcohol will evaporate when exposed to the air.