The scent of your house is what defines it as your home. It’s an extension of you, the familiar, and friends and family will likely associate that smell with you. 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.

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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 allow it to dry thoroughly. 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 for your diffuser

Amazon to the rescue! You can get 60 reed diffuser sticks for £3.49 with free delivery. As you only need around 5-7 reeds per diffuser, you can make 12 diffusers in total.

Choosing your scent

make your own reed diffuser

You need a signature scent for your reed diffuser and you achieve these with essential oils. We’ve shared some of our favourite scents for diffusers below. You can combine scents to create your own blend if you’d prefer.

  • Eucalyptus oil is a fantastic decongestant. It also has antibacterial, antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties. 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 entrance ways and hallways to boost mood as you walk in the door.

You need a base for your diffuser

You only use a couple of drops for essential oils for your diffuser which needs to be mixed with a base oil. These are low fragrance but ensures they’re safe and balances the fragrance of the essential oils.

We’d recommend sweet almond oil from Holland and Barrett for it’s good quality and because of it’s minimal smell.

How to make your own reed diffuser

We’ve put together a guide for how much oil you need as it very much depends on the size of your container. We’d recommend a total capacity of 75% as it’s always best to leave a little room. Of this, you’ll want 70% diffuser base (almond oil for example) with 30% essential oils (approximately 25 drops of essential oil per 50ml of base oil of whatever scent you choose).

To make this easier to judge, we’d recommend cutting up a sticky label or post-it to mark the jar so you can identify how much of each ingredient you need to add.

Once you’ve added you fragrance, add 5-7 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.

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