In the home DIY: Make your own reed diffuser.

Posted on Aug 17 2016 - 1:00pm by Samantha Clark
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Scents in the house is what defines it as your home. It’s an extension of you and all that is familiar. Reed diffusers are a brilliant and safe way to distribute your favourite smells around the home. Although easy enough to get your hands on, I find they can be a little on the expensive side and tend not to last as long as you hope. So we’re going to show you how you can recycle those pots, where to buy fresh reeds from and how to create your own personal and favourite scent.

Clean your pots or buy new ones

If you’re recycling a reed diffuser pot, you just need to give it a good clean with hot, soapy water and a thorough dry. If you’d like to buy new, any small open glass or ceramic pot will be sufficient. It doesn’t have to be at all expensive.

Where to buy reeds

John Lewis offer a pack of 15 medium length reeds for £2, cheaper than most other places we’ve found including ebay and Amazon.

Choosing your scent

  • Eucalyptus oil is a fantastic decongestant. It also has antibacterial, antiseptic and anti inflammatory. Ideal for bedrooms to alleviate breathing difficulties and at times of flu.
  • Floral scents such as lavender and chamomile is wonderful for aiding and alleviating stress and anxiety. It’ll benefit restless sleepers so ideal in bedrooms or used in a relaxation or social space where you go to unwind.
  • Citrus scents such as lemons and oranges are regarding as uplifting and revitalising. It’ll improve mood and is known to keep the creepy crawlies away- excellent for ‘spider season’. We’d recommend putting this scent in window spaces most prone to insect invasion as well as entranceways and hallways to keep spirits high.

Other ingredients:

  • Diffuser base: we’d recommend sweet almond oil from Holland and Barrett for it’s good quality and because of it’s minimal smell, it’ll not affect the essential oil scents you’ll use to work with it. Note: currently on buy one get one for a penny!


  • There’s an element of judging in this as it’ll depend on the size of your container. I’d recommend filling the container to 75% capacity with the recommended 70% diffuser base and 30% essential oil (25 drops of essential oil per 50ml of base oil of whatever scent you choose). Tip: cut up a sticky label or post-it to mark the jar so you can identify how much of each ingredient you need to add to the specified top.
  • Add 5 reeds to the mixture and stir, allow the reeds to sit as they are for 1 hour. After this time, flip the reeds around so the scent can distribute fully through the reeds. Switch them around once or twice a week for best results.
  • When it is empty, start the process again.

Anticipated cost per diffuser if recycling the container, using one essential oil and 5 reeds per diffuser is £3.34

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