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Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY – How To Make Your Own

make your own reed diffuser

Want to learn how to make a homemade reed diffuser?  Yes, it sounds tricky, but I promise it’s so easy!  

Now, I’m not really crafty, but 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!  Much like most of my natural cleaning products to DIY to be honest!

reed diffuser DIY

My inspiration for this project came from my old bottle collection. Rather than just have them gathering dust on a shelf, I wanted to use some of them in a practical way.  At the same time, I was also looking for a way to freshen my bathroom without going down the chemical air freshener route.  Artificially scented products may not be the best for your health, so it’s something I try to avoid.

The smell of standard air fresheners and synthetic fragrances (especially the plugin ones) also makes me feel sick.  And I don’t like using essential oil burners because of having a small child in the house.  Therefore, a homemade reed diffuser put high out of reach of my little one felt like a good option.  

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

homemade reed diffuser

Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY

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:

Ingredients

A 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*

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!

It’s really important to 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. This means the scent will be stronger when using a bottle or jar with a narrow opening.

Instructions

To make your homemade reed diffuser, pour 60ml of sweet almond oil into your glass jar.
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.
Wipe down your jar with a cloth to remove any oils that might have dripped down the sides.
Add your reed sticks.
Then, after a few hours remove your reed sticks and place them back in the jar upside down. This helps the oils travel up the sticks.
Place in a spot away from children and pets and enjoy the lovely aroma!

Some Points to Note When Using A Homemade Reed Diffuser

make your own reed diffuser

It’s really important to bear in mind that the scent in this homemade reed diffuser isn’t anywhere near as strong as its shop-bought counterparts. Therefore, don’t expect a particularly strong fragrance.  For that reason, I find it best to place the diffuser in a small area, such as a small bathroom or WC, rather than trying to scent your whole living room. It’s a different experience to using a synthetic reed diffuser.

If you are struggling to smell anything from your diffuser, then some people also swear by adding vodka to their diffuser. Apparently, this helps the oils travel up the reeds.  I didn’t have any vodka in the house so wasn’t able to try this.  Do let me know if you do, and what effect it has!

Finally, if you find the essential oil smell starts to go a bit flat after a few days then don’t worry. Try taking the reed sticks out and placing them back in the liquid upside down.

I hope you enjoy making it!  The essential oil 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 idea!

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

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Sugru Mouldable Glue Review – How We Saved £240

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Looking for a Sugru mouldable glue review?  Have a read of my experience and how we saved £240 fixing things with Sugru.  Please note this post contains affiliate links.

Have you heard of Sugru?  Sugru mouldable glue is essentially a bit of self-curing silicone.  You can use it to repair or bond almost anything made of wood, plastic, glass, metal, ceramic, or even fabric!  It’s even removable too, in case you change your mind.

I first heard of Sugru a few months ago, and thought, right, it’s just a bit of silicone, how good can that be?  But then I kept reading more and more about it.  And then I got quite excited reading about all the different things people had used Sugru for on their website.  We had a couple of things that needed repair. So we took the plunge and spent £6.99 on a three-pack of white Sugru.  We then waited with bated breath for the postman to arrive.

Initial Thoughts

sugru packaging

When it arrived, we thought “oh, that’s not a lot of Sugru”.  And to be honest, we felt a little disappointed.  It didn’t look a lot of product and we didn’t think it would go particularly far.  I thought this is going to be a rubbish Sugru mouldable glue review! But then we got busy with it and to put it very mildly we were very pleasantly surprised by the Sugru.  If my family weren’t probably reading this – hi mum! – then there might be expletives to describe just how surprised/amazed we were!

What We Fixed with Sugru

With the Sugru we repaired my partner’s laptop power supply that was on its last legs.  The wire had suffered wear from where it attached to the battery.  It would have cost us £40 to buy a new power supply, so this was £40 saved straight away.  

sugru repair mac power supply

The mended laptop power supply!

Then there was enough Sugru left over to repair my partner’s drum stool. The stool folds up but lately had been folding up of its own accord, even when we didn’t want it to!  Now, thanks to some Sugru action it can be sat on without fear!  It would have been £140 to buy a new stool of similar quality. This meant we had saved £180 in just a few minutes of use.

And after all of that, there was still a tiny bit leftover, so I made two little hooks for the inside of our bathroom cabinet. Now I hang my nail scissors and a bag containing hair baubles. Just a little hack that makes life a bit easier

We Bought More!

We were so pleased with the results that we immediately spent a further £6.99 on another three-pack of silver Sugru.

That was used that to fix a problem with our shower that was causing it to drip all night long. This dripping driving us crazy.  We had tried replacing the washer, but it seemed the problem was more intrinsic than that. It seemed that there was an issue with the actual screw fitting which would need replacing.  We are not particularly technical when it comes to anything to do with plumbing so that job would have required a pro.

The silver Sugru did the job, and blended in with the metal work. We didn’t do the neatest job in the world with the Sugru – we figured it was better to be safe than sorry!

sugru mouldable glue review repairs

The repaired drum stool (which got a special Sugru sticker for being brave!) and shower.

As well as saving our sanity, it would have cost us £50 in plumber call-out fees. It would then have cost us probably at least another £15 in parts (maybe more) to repair the shower. That £6.99 seemed like an absolute bargain.  

Savings to Be Made

I totted it all up and realised that just by spending £13.98 on what I originally dismissed as just a bit of silicon had actually saved us £240 in just one week. What’s more, the Sugru had diverted a few things from potentially going to landfill or needing to be recycled.

We still have a bit of silver Sugru left over. As such, I’m fervently eyeing everything up around the house to see what can be fixed.  Next on my repair list is a broken pan lid, and then we’re saving the rest for future repairs or hacks.

sugru mouldable glue review

But Is Sugru Eco-Friendly?

In case you’re wondering, Sugru in itself isn’t particularly eco-friendly as a standalone item.  Sugru are upfront about this on their website and say “a small amount of sugru can help to prolong the life of complex and large items but in itself, as a material, it’s not particularly innovative from an environmental perspective”.  They go on to explain that:

  • Sugru is a silicone. Therefore the same environmental guides that apply to general household silicones apply to Sugru.
  • It’s not petrochemical-based, but it’s not biodegradable.
  • Sugru is manufactured in a low energy, low heat mixing process. However this is not necessarily true of its raw ingredients.
  • We encourage using the minimum possible for the job, and using any left for other potential improvements even if you don’t have another broken thing.
  • The question of the environment relating to most manufactured items is very complex. As such, we try to do our best as a company to find the most sustainable ways of doing what we do as regards raw materials, waste, recycling, and energy.
  • We work hard to encourage a culture of repair and maintenance, and a pragmatic attitude to problem solving. We hope this will help in some way towards making our culture more sustainable.

My Final Thoughts on Sugru Mouldable Glue

So, Sugru Mouldable Glue is not the greenest product in the world. However, I personally feel from a making do and mend perspective it’s a really handy product to have to hand. I think that anything that makes it easy for us to repair complex items without having to buy new ones should always be encouraged.  This is just as well because I’m going to make sure I always have some Sugru to hand!

You can buy Sugru direct from their website or from your local branch of Maplin. And whilst we’re on the subject of fixing things up, here’s some handy advice on how to get your home ready for winter.

Have you used Sugru?  What did you think of it?  And what have you fixed or made with it?

ps: this Sugru Mouldable Glue review isn’t sponsored in any way by Sugru. I would have told you at the top of the post if it was. I’m just sharing the love of a product I’ve really enjoyed using and found really really useful.