DIY Reed DIffuser With Water and Vodka
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How to make a DIY reed diffuser with water and vodka. This easy essential oil craft lightly scents a small area without using chemicals. 

I've made a lot of DIY projects for personal use and for my blog, but one thing that's been on my list that I haven't quite gotten around to is a DIY reed diffuser.  Reed diffuser are great for a light scent in a small area.  They don't have a big throw, so they aren't typically used for large rooms.



The March Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box is packed with goodies to make for a natural home.  One of the projects is a DIY reed diffuser with water and vodka.  It also has several blends to make to use in your reed diffuser with the oils in the box.

For those not familiar with the Simply Earth box, it's a monthly subscription box that comes with four essential oils and supplies to make 6 natural DIYs.  Each box has a theme, so I've made skin care products, products for pets or kids, natural cleaners, and more.

If you order your box and use code EVERYTHINGPRETTYFREE you get a free Bonus Box and a $40 gift card to use on a future purchase.  You can use that on a future box, oils, or accessories.

DIY Reed Diffuser With Water and Vodka


March 2020 Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box


This DIY reed diffuser is just one of the projects from the March 2020 Simply Earth box.



The box contains:


You'll use these supplies to make:

  • Creative Zone Diffuser Blend
  • Persevere Roll On
  • It's Okay to Grieve Diffuser Blend
  • Anxiety Relief Inhaler
  • DIY Reed Diffuser
  • DIY Lava Rock Diffuser
  • Whimsy Diffuser Blend
  • Joy Diffuser Blend
I have something fun planned for the lava beads, so I need to order supplies and get that made.  First, I'm going to post the DIY reed diffuser with water and vodka.

  How to make a DIY reed diffuser for a natural air freshener. This is a pretty decoration and an air freshener in one. Use reed sticks and a vase and make your own solution and refill it a lot cheaper. This gives off nice house smells for small spaces like a bedroom or bathroom. Also includes essential oils blends recipes and ideas to use for your homemade diffuser. How to use a reed diffuser. #reeddiffuser #diy #essentialoils


What is a Reed Diffuser?


Reed diffusers are an easy and inexpensive way to add fragrance or use aromatherapy in a room.  They give off a constant light scent without using electricity or a flame.  

You combine essential oils with either an oil or in this case water and vodka and pour into a vase.  Then set reed diffuser inside.  They wick up the water or oil and give off a light scent.  

Can I Make My Own Reed Diffuser Oil?


Yes, you can.  Most recipes call for a carrier oil, but I like this recipe with water and vodka.  

Carrier oils travel up the reed very slowly.  For best results, use a light oil like grape seed oil or apricot oil.  Don't use olive oil or regular vegetable oil from your cupboard because it will travel too slow.

If you do use a carrier oil, use the same amount of oil as you do water and vodka for this recipe.  Carrier oils aren't cheap, so it's probably cheaper to use water and vodka.

I use a mid to low grade vodka for making DIY recipes.  I also use it in my homemade vanilla extract, so I usually have it in the cupboard at home.

  How to make a DIY reed diffuser for a natural air freshener. This is a pretty decoration and an air freshener in one. Use reed sticks and a vase and make your own solution and refill it a lot cheaper. This gives off nice house smells for small spaces like a bedroom or bathroom. Also includes essential oils blends recipes and ideas to use for your homemade diffuser. How to use a reed diffuser. #reeddiffuser #diy #essentialoils


Distilled Water


I recommend using distilled water to make this DIY reed diffuser with water and vodka.  Your tap water can have bacteria in it, which can grow creepy crawlies in your reed diffuser water.

Vodka


The vodka is there for two reasons.  First, it's a preservative.  It helps kill germs so the water doesn't get moldy or get bacteria.  Yes, I did just say to use distilled water for best results, but still use the vodka.  

Vodka also helps the scent of the essential oils last longer.  Essential oils won't mix with the water, but they will mix with vodka.  For best results, combine the vodka and essential oils and then add the water.

You can use witch hazel or rubbing alcohol for the vodka, but vodka really does work best in this recipe.

Reed Diffuser Container


You'll need a reed diffuser container that will allow several inches of the reeds to stick out above the top of the container so that they give off the scent.

The reeds that are in the box are short, but I really wanted to use it because it so stinking cute.  I actually put a small cup inside of it upside down and then another cup on top of it to elevate the reeds.



This vase is one of my thrift store finds.  The squirrel was just too cute to pass up!  You can usually find it on Etsy in pink, cream, mint green, or another color.

Here are some really cute reed diffuser containers on Amazon.


Essential Oil Blends for Reed Diffusers


You can use your favorite essential oils or blends.  I'm going to share the ones that are included with the Simply Earth recipe box.

Creativity Zone Diffuser Blend


Whimsy Diffuser Blend


Joy Diffuser Blend


It's Okay to Grieve Blend


You can use one of these essential oil diffuser blends or use your favorite blend or single oil.  If I am going to be infusing it often, I like to make the blend in a small bottle and use that for the diffuser rather than measure when I'm making the oil.  

DIY Reed Diffuser Supplies


  • 5 reeds
  • 2 tablespoons vodka
  • 2 tablespoons distilled water
  • 25 drops of essential oils
  • small jar

DIY Reed Diffuser Directions


Step #1


Add the vodka and essential oils to a small container.  Stir them around for 30 seconds to mix.



Step #2


Add water to the jar.



Step #3

Add the vodka and essential oil mix to the jar.



Step #4


Place reeds in the jar.  Let them soak for a few hours and then flip them over. 



Flip the reeds every few days.  To refresh the water mixture, add more essential oils.

If you're looking for more ways to scent your home naturally, try one of these essential oils DIYS:




This DIY reed diffuser with water and vodka is just one of the recipes available in the March 2020 Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box.  If you want to make this yourself, subscribe to the box and use code EVERYTHINGPRETTYFREE for a free $40 gift card plus your Bonus Box with more goodies.

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Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty
Estimated cost: $5

DIY Reed Diffuser With Vodka and Water

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How to make an easy DIY reed diffuser with vodka and water.

materials:

  • 5 reeds
  • 2 tablespoons vodka
  • 2 tablespoons distilled water
  • 25 drops of essential oils
  • small jar

tools:

  • Measuring spoons

steps:

  1. Add the vodka and essential oils to the jar. Swirl them around for 30 seconds to mix.
  2. Add water to the jar.
  3. Place reeds in the jar. Let them soak for a few hours and then flip them over.
  4. Flip the reeds every few days. To refresh the water mixture, add more essential oils.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.