How to Make Your Own Reed Diffuser Solution

Reed diffusers are an eco-friendly alternative to aerosol air-fresheners. Scented oil is put in a jar, then willow or rattan reeds are placed in the oil. The oil transfers up the reed to release fragrance into the room. But the oil in the reed diffuser will not stay scented forever, so it will need to be replaced once it loses its scent. Instead of spending money buying reed diffuser oil, make your own solution right at home.

Fill the jar or vase three-quarters full with jojoba oil or vegetable oil. These are carrier oils to which fragrance will be added.

Add 1 tbsp of pure vodka. Swirl the jar around gently to mix the oil and vodka together.

Add 12 to 16 drops of your favourite essential oil. Choose whatever scent you like. Experiment with combining different oils to create a customised scent for your preference.

Swirl the jar again to mix up all the ingredients.


Some suggested mixtures of essential oils for your reed diffuser include: Four drops of bergamot and three drops each of frankincense, myrrh and palmarosa; four drops each of eucalyptus, lemon grass and rosemary and two drops of spearmint; four drops of black pepper oil, five drops of lemon oil and seven drops of rosemary. Flip your reeds over every few days so the opposite end is in the oil. This will help to keep the fragrance strong. Rejuvenate the scent of your diffuser solution by topping it off once a month with a few drops of essential oil.

Things You'll Need

  • Jar or vase
  • Jojoba or vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp pure vodka
  • 12 to 16 drops essential oil
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.