When I decided I wanted to make my own reed diffuser liquid to refill my cute little bottle, I did what most folks do – I jumped on the handy dandy computer and tried to learn how.
And that’s when I ended up bouncing all around the internet trying to figure out which homemade reed diffuser recipe was the best. And maybe you’re reading this right now trying to figure out the same thing!
For sure, there’s lots of different recipes, but there’s also a consistent thread through all of them too. So after searching and reading, and comparing and thinking, I ended up doing what I usually do. I just made my own mixture!
Before we get to that recipe, let’s take a look at some of the things to be considered.
Choosing Ingredients For Homemade Reed Diffusers
The Base Liquid – Oil or Water ? The first thing I realized was that some recipes were using oil as a base and some were using water. Because reed diffusers work by the liquid being absorbed up into the reeds, it seemed to me like water would be more easily absorbed than oil. It also seemed like oil was a messier choice if the bottle accidentally got knocked over. I decided on water for my base liquid.
The Binder: Vodka or Rubbing Alcohol? Because a homemade reed diffuser liquid is scented with essential oils (and oil and water don’t mix) there needs to be a binding agent to help the oil bind with the water. Alcohol is used for this purpose. A homemade reed diffuser recipe will usually call for either vodka or rubbing alcohol for this ingredient. I didn’t have any vodka, but I did have rubbing alcohol and it was also the 99% variety that’s recommended, so that’s what I used. Does this mean my lovely mixture ended up smelling like rubbing alcohol? Nope, the alcohol smell faded fast and didn’t come back.
The Sticks: Reeds or Bamboo Skewers? Once the refill liquid is made, the next thing to decide is what type of reeds to use with the liquid. A common strategy is to get a package of bamboo skewers from the dollar store, although some folks insist they can’t do the job of absorbing that reeds sold specifically for a reed diffuser can do. The bamboo skewers seemed pretty pourous to me so I opted for the cheapo bamboo skewer option. (I’ve already used homemade diffuser reeds from my grass plants too!)
The Fragrance: Essential Oils! At least there was consistency on this last ingredient. Essential oils are the preferred way of scenting the reed diffuser liquid and that’s my choice too.
Now that you know why I made my choices, here’s my recipe for a homemade reed diffuser liquid.
Make Your Own Reed Diffuser Liquid
You Will Need:
1/3 cup water (I used distilled water)
2 teaspoons Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol (I used 99%)
Essential Oils (about 20 drops)
To use the liquid you will need:
Short Bottle with a small opening
Combine the water and alcohol in a small bottle. Next add in the essential oil.
Trim down the bamboo skewers to a size about twice as long as your bottle. This gets rid of the sharp pointy ends of the bamboo skewers too.
Put several of the trimmed bamboo skewers into the bottle.
A few more tips:
~~ To keep getting the most scent, turn over the bamboo skewers every few days so that the ends that have been in the liquid are now outside the bottle.
~~ Using a bottle with a small opening keeps the liquid from evaporating away too quickly. You can recycle small vases or jars, but just make sure they have rather small openings. I found the perfect bottle at the dollar store!
~~ Have fun with the essential oils! I made an energizing citrus blend of 10 drops of lemon and 10 drops of orange. Some other great choices are lavender + lemon, peppermint + orange, or spearmint + rosemary.
~~ Using filtered water or distilled water helps against what things might be breeding in a mixture like this that will just be setting out. However the rubbing alcohol added to the water will probably help in this area too if you’re just using tap water.
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