DIY Reed Diffuser Tutorial

Learn how to make your own DIY Reed Diffuser with just a few simple ingredients and essential oils for just pennies and no toxic ingredients.

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Many of you have heard my struggle when it comes to the bathroom. I have three boys between the ages of 5 and 12, which means stinky bathrooms ALL THE TIME. So I’m always looking for ways to spruce it up and make it smell better. One of the things I’ve missed buying is reed diffusers.

You know those adorable vases that diffuse oils through wooden sticks. Well, I’ve got a tutorial on how you can make a DIY Reed Diffuser and use essential oils for the scent.

My friend Halle Cottis of the blog Whole Lifestyle Nutrition came up with this easy tutorial in her new book Natural Solutions for Cleaning and Wellness. This is part of her recipes for bathroom air fresheners. I’m loving this book because it’s a go-to guide for pretty much all things natural when it comes to cleaning, wellness and natural remedies. I’ll talk more about the book in a bit. First, let’s get to the DIY Reed Diffuser tutorial.

So I have to admit that I had stopped using reed diffusers for a while now because the ones in the stores always came with artificial scents. I could just tell because really what natural scents actually make up something called “sea breeze” or “clean linen”? It doesn’t exist.

That means companies use synthetic fragrances, which can be made of up to 300 different chemicals for that one scent. Synthetic fragrances have been linked to allergies, asthma and other respiratory health issues.

Well, in this recipe, essential oils are used along with almond oil. So just be on the lookout for organic, cold-pressed almond oil and therapeutic essential oils (where to buy) as the natural scent – and you can mix and match to get the scent you want.

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DIY Reed Diffuser on a table

DIY Reed Diffuser Tutorial

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Learn how to make your own DIY Reed Diffuser with just a few simple ingredients and essential oils for just pennies and no toxic ingredients.
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  • To a small vase, add almond oil. Add your favorite essential oils. Lavender, lemon and eucalyptus essential oils (where to buy) are all great choices. Add enough to give you the desired scent. Place some bamboo skewer sticks in the vase like they are flowers. The oils will begin to diffuse out of the bamboo sticks and throughout the room. It's that easy! You are now ready to enjoy your non-toxic DIY reed diffuser.
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Video Tutorial

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make your own DIY Reed Diffuser with just two ingredients.

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Looking for More Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes?

Check out Natural Solutions for Cleaning and Wellness by my friend Halle Cottis of Whole Lifestyle Nutrition. You’ll find recipes for non-toxic cleaning as well as natural remedies. I’m loving it because it’s really a go-to resource for anyone who wants to live a more natural lifestyle but aren’t sure where to start. Just thumb through this gorgeous guide to find easy-to-follow recipes to make everything from glass cleaner to natural remedies for burns and other skin irritations.

Buy Natural Solutions for Cleaning and Wellness

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Here’s what you’ll find inside this book:

  • Bathroom – toilet cleaner, scouring powder, mirror cleaner
  • Kitchen – dish soap, disinfectant cleaner, degreaser
  • Laundry – fabric softener, sour towel relief, laundry stain remover
  • Household Cleaning – leather furniture cleaner, wood floor cleaner
  • Fresheners and Deodorizers – no-wax candles, trash can deodorizer
  • Pest Control – fruit flies, bed bugs, mice
  • Outdoors – weed killer, garden pesticide, screen cleaner
  • Head, Ears, Face and Mouth  – headaches, migraines, swimmer’s ear
  • Chest, Throat and Immune System – sore throat syrup, vapor rub
  • Hands, Legs, Arms and Feet – body wash, sunscreen
  • Skin Irritations and Health Conditions – eczema treatment, minor skin burns, razor bumps
  • Digestive System – constipation, bloating, hiccups
  • Emotional Pain and Support – PMS, menstrual cramps, insomnia

For instance, did you know that most commercial products used to clean bathrooms are chock full of chemicals and can be harmful to you AND your family? It’s so easy to make your own bathroom cleaners with baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and essential oils (where to buy). You could make your own Toilet Cleaner, Mold and Mildew Cleaner, and Soap Scum Remover with recipes from this book.

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You can even make your DIY bathroom air fresheners without the harsh chemicals in synthetic fragrances, like these Scented Toilet Paper Rolls.

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Scented Toilet Paper Roll

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  • This one is so simple. Simply place 2 drops (1 on each end) of your favorite essential oil inside the roll of toilet paper, on the cardboard. Every time someone uses the toilet paper, the room will automatically be freshened.
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  1. Hi Tracey, must the carrier oil be almond oil? I tried using fractionated coconut oil but realized there wasnt much scent. Or do I need to add more essential oil?

  2. do u have any tips for a stinky basement bathroom? i think the humidity always makes it stink even if i just cleaned it up. do u think this diffuser will be enough?