June 6, 2011

DIY Home Fragrance: How to Make Your Own Reed Diffusers

It’s clear to see why the home fragrance industry reels in big bucks every year.  Who doesn’t love a good smelling home? Real estate experts even claim the smell of your la casa can increase or decrease the value of your property.  What can I say? We love our scents! I have to admit though it pains me to see how pricey candles and reed diffusers can be sometimes.  Plus, nowadays you hear so much about how these chemical-based air fresheners aren’t good for the earth or us anyways. The great news is making your own reed diffuser is so easy and you don’t have to go broke doing it!

Diffuser reeds {I found mine at Michael’s}
1 small container or vase
Essential oils from any local health food or craft store
½ cup of water
Vodka {Disclaimer: No crafts were harmed in the making of this project - as far as the crafter…. that’s another story}

Mix 4-5 drops of your essential oil into the half-cup of water. Add 2 drops of vodka to the water. The vodka serves as an emulsifier and helps keep the water and oil mixed.  Pour the mix into your container and add your reeds.  Similiar to the store bought diffusers it does take a few days for the reeds to absorb the oil and release its scent.  Flip reeds every now and then to refresh your fragrance.

The fun part about making your own reed diffuser is that there are a variety of scents you can create from essential oils by mixing and matching.  I happen to use a Bergamot and Yuzi Fruit oil found at Michael’s that is both citrus and summery. To top it off since I already had the vase at home this puppy only cost me $4 to put together and there’s still tons of leftover oil for future refills or extra diffusers for other rooms.

What's your favorite way to keep your home fresh and good smelling?

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Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

I am doing this for sure!! I spend WAY to much money on diffusers, candles, plug ins..you name it! What a cool tutorial!! Thank you for sharing :)

Jessica@MakeItLovely said...

Ooo,i love this. I use e.o.s all the time and never thought to do this-thanks!

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www.StarHughes.com said...

Such a great how-to! I had no idea Michael's sold diffuser reeds - that is a genius idea to make them yourself! Thanks so much for sharing!
Star Hughes Living

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

I am so glad someone is telling us how to do this. I hate paying Pier 1 prices for something so simple. Thank you.

Such a good post, I tweeted it.

Chef in Training said...

wow! thanks for the tip on how to do this! Also, thanks for your comment on my blog! I am already a follower of your blog, but I would love it if you would follow mine too! Thanks!

Sue@creativetryals.blogspot.com said...

I am always looking for ways to save money. Thanks for the tutorial. Visiting you from Tatertots and Jello.

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Thanks for sharing! Love this tip :D I will be featuring on this weeks Amaze Me Monday.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Well this sounds pretty amazing! Now, I don't have Vodka -- any suggestions for a substitute? Or I guess I can go ask a neighbor :) Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. No-No said...

Great idea! I have one of these that isn't working so well on my bathroom counter, but I have the oil (and vodka!) to make another one so I will just replace it. Thanks for the great idea - can't wait to try it out.
I found you at the Pity Party. I am now followin gyou so that I don't miss a thing!
Carla at Mrs. No-No Knows

Melissa, The Happier Homemaker said...

What a great idea, thanks so much for posting this! With dogs, cats, and little boys I have been spending a fortune trying to keep our home fresh-smelling, I'm definitely going to try this one out!

Vance said...

I am glad that you sharing with us so much valuable information. There are so many people who do this but don't share. Thank you so very much.
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Beverly said...

Thanks!! I think this will make a great frugal Christmas gift!!

Kathleen said...

what scent can you recommend to ease everyday stress?

phillip said...

Great tutorial.. I've got to try this.

tomi mia said...

oh! it was a nice fragrance. love to have it in my home.

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