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DIY Reed Diffuser

Learn how to make a reed diffuser. Use natural ingredients to create a lovely scent for your home.
Prep Time0 mins
Active Time10 mins
Yield: 1 reed diffuser
Cost: $8


  • 1 bottle with a small opening
  • 8-10 reed sticks
  • 1/4-1/2 cup carrier oil or water
  • 1-2 tbsp vodka or 90% rubbing alcohol or witch hazel
  • 20-40 drops essential oils


  • Add all the ingredients straight to a measuring cup that pours well.
  • Use one reed to stir everything up really well.
  • Pour the diffuser liquid into the bottle.
  • Then add reeds to the bottle.


The reeds will absorb the solution. I like to wait about 10 minutes and then flip them over. That will help release those awesome smells into the room faster.
It’s hard to give an exact recipe when the bottle size isn’t known. If you use a really small bottle then you can go with 1/4 cup of oil/water, 1 tablespoon of binder (alcohol), and 20 – 30 drops of essential oils. A bigger bottle can go with the bigger measurements.