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Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY

make your own reed diffuser

reed diffuser DIY

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Now, I’m not really crafty, but I’ve got a great DIY for you today.  This homemade reed diffuser tutorial is so simple it’s basically foolproof!  If you can add some liquid to a bottle then this is the DIY for you!

I have a small old bottle collection, and I wanted to use some of them in a practical way, rather than just have them gathering dust on a shelf.  At the same time I was also looking for a way to freshen my bathroom without going down the chemical air freshener route because the smell of standard air fresheners and synthetic fragrances (especially the plug in ones) makes me feel sick, and I don’t like using essential oil burners because of having a small child in the house.

I came up with this idea for a homemade reed diffuser because it had the dual purpose of practically using my bottles, and it scents my bathroom in an environmentally friendly and natural way without the use of chemicals or synthetic fragrances.  Win!

It worked so well I thought I’d share my technique, because I’m good like that!  Here’s how you can make your own homemade reed diffuser for pennies, in minutes, and with only a few ingredients:

homemade reed diffuser

Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY

Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY

Make your own environmentally friendly and delicious smelling homemade reed diffuser using only a few simple ingredients in minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 Jar

Ingredients

  • Clean glass jar preferably with a narrow mouth
  • 60 ml of sweet almond oil
  • 30 drops of essential oil of your choice.
  • A handful of reed sticks

Instructions

  1. Pour 60ml of sweet almond oil into your glass jar
  2. Add your essential oil(s). I used 10 drops of rosemary oil and 20 drops of grapefruit oil as I wanted a clean citrus smell for my bathroom.
  3. Wipe down your jar with a cloth to remove any oils that might have dripped down the sides.
  4. Add your reed sticks.
  5. After a few hours remove your reed sticks and place in upside down to help the oils travel up the sticks.
  6. Place in a spot away from children and pets and enjoy the lovely aroma!

Homemade Reed Diffuser Notes

make your own reed diffuser

I bought my sweet almond oil, essential oils (rosemary and grapefruit) and reed sticks from eBay.  I’ve got plenty left of each to make heaps of reed diffusers!

Use a bottle or jar with a narrow opening as the oil will evaporate at a slower rate than a jar with a wide opening.

If the smell starts to go a bit flat try taking the reed sticks out and placing them back in the liquid upside down.

The scent in this homemade reed diffuser isn’t as strong as its shop bought counterparts, so don’t expect a really strong fragrance.  For that reason I find it best to place the diffuser in a small area, such as a bathroom, rather than trying to scent your living room.

Some people also swear by adding vodka to their diffuser as they say it helps the oils travel up the reeds.  I didn’t have any vodka in the house so wasn’t able to try this.  Let me know if you do!

I hope you enjoy making!  The diffuser would make such a lovely homemade gift, so definitely one to keep in mind if you’re ever in need of any eco friendly gift ideas!

ps: if you like this try my homemade beeswax candle DIY!

Home and Garden, Natural Cleaning

Uses For Borax Around The House

uses of borax

uses of borax

I’ve seen borax pop up in a few homemade household cleaning recipes but I hadn’t appreciated just how many uses for borax there are until I came across this really handy infographic.  It shows 21 use for borax around the house!  21!  From unclogging drains and cleaning mattresses to inhibiting mould, it seems borax does it all!

Although it’s non toxic and a completely natural substance, borax can be a bit of an irritant to sensitive skin.  If you do suffer from sensitive skin, skin allergies, eczema or anything like that then I would avoid using it on anything that’s going to come into contact with your skin on a regular basis (e.g. the carpet cleaning recipe, or the clothes deodoriser recipe).  Just to be on the safe side!

Now we’ve got the safety chat out of the way, on to the uses for borax!

Uses for Borax

uses for borax

 Uses for Borax infographic source: eReplacement Parts

If you’re in the UK/EU and you want to track some borax down, please note you’ll only be able to buy “borax substitute”.  The reason being a few year ago the EU reclassified the ‘Borate’ group of chemicals that Borax belongs to  as a dangerous substance!  Apparently borax substitute still has all the same cleaning and laundry uses that original borax had and is pretty much identical, composition wise, but cannot be used for pest control.  You’ll still need to store it securely away from children, preferably up high on in a childproof cupboard, and properly labelled, as it’s not a substance you want young children getting their hands on.

And if you’re wondering where to buy borax substitute, I’ve seen it for sale in cardboard boxes in pound shops (in the cleaning aisle) and hardware shops for the princely sum of £1 for a 500g box.  The brand is Dri Pak.  It’s also available in larger quantities at the excellent Summer Naturals website.

I’m certainly tempted to pick some up and give it a go around my house!

ps: if you are worried about using borax or borax substitute in your home, then I’ve researched a post on is borax safe