Every one of us love to have great smelling environment at home and surroundings where we live in.
This not only makes us feel fresh but also tantalize our nerves to make us healed from various symptoms such as stress, depression, fatigue, etc.
Nowadays, due to changing trends in lifestyle and particular requirements of people, aroma oil diffusers are gaining lot of popularity.
These devices work with a power source (electricity or USB) to not only refresh the area with sweet and scented aroma but also to tempt the person positively.
However people who are passionate about DIY techniques can try making their own DIY room diffuser at home.
Thanks to the technology and ease of internet access which can help you to make these aroma diffuser and use with essential aromatic oils at home in a safe way.
We are here referring to DIY reed diffuser which are gaining much popularity due to its ease and flexibility to use.
What You will Read Here?
What Is A Reed Diffuser?
Reed diffuser is one of the trendiest way to fragrance your home in an easy and affordable way. Reed diffuser usually constitutes elements such as Rattan reeds, glass bottle and aroma oils.
Rattan reeds are generally composed of channels that runs through entire length of the reed.
These channels acts like a mini straw to suck the aroma oil towards the top which when gets dispersed naturally into the air through the process of evaporation.
Overall, the diffused aromatherapy oils makes your room smell awesome.
If you want you can also use healing essential oils which are better than aroma oils for making your body relaxed and rejuvenated.
Reed diffusers are better than candle diffusers due to its flame free feature.
As it does not require any heating (and disperses the scent into the air naturally) it is much safer than any other options of diffusing essential oils into your home or office.
How To Use Reed Diffuser?
How to Make A Reed Diffuser at Home?
Due to lack of necessary aroma in most of the commercially available room fresheners, homemade room diffusers like DIY reed diffusers are gaining popularity.
These are inexpensive to make as you can make them on your own with a DIY process.
Here are the exact steps given which you can follow to make your own reed diffuser as per your desire.
- Find a suitable narrow neck container such as soda bottles, colored bottles or antique bottles which are perfect to your imagination.
- Get the best suitable reeds to add to the container which are 15-20 inches longer in length to the container. This increases the scenting capability of the reed diffuser.
- Choose your favorite scented aromatic oil (like sweet almond oil, lavender oil or safflower oils). These aroma oils should be of high quality and should work for longer period of time.
- If you want you can blend the oil with dipropylene oil, which acts as a base oil to your desired aroma oil. Mix the oils with more consistency of essential oil. Care that you do not dilute the oil with water as it does not mix well.
- Now, fill the diffuser bottle with the diffuser oil up to 75 to 80 percent as full filling of it may get the reeds immersed in it or lead to overflow.
- Place reeds in the aroma oil and let them set for an hour based on the strength of the aroma oil. As the essential oil travels to the reeds it starts working on, spreading the aroma all over.
- You can increase the number of reeds later as per the requirement. Try refilling, flipping or replacing with new reeds from time to time to enjoy best environment in your home.
Well, having made your reed diffuser, place it at your desired place in your home, office, classroom, etc.
5 Things To Care while Using Reed Diffusers
Many people who want to use reed diffusers often have a question in mind: Do Reed Diffusers Really Work?
Yes, it definitely works great!
In fact Reed diffuser is the best option to use your desired aromatic oil and enhance your living or work place with scented smell.
However to make it work efficiently and to get maximum benefits out of it, you need to know few important things before you use them for diffusing essential oils. These are:
1- Choose the Right Reeds: First and the most important thing to consider is, use the right type of reeds for diffusing the oil.
FYI: Reeds are not bamboo. As rattan reeds looks similar to bamboo skewers, many people confuse between the both and end up buying the bamboo sticks in place of rattan reeds.
Unlike rattan reeds, bamboo reeds does not contain channels for to wick the oil up. Therefore these does not work at all if you choose them for making your reed diffuser.
If you are concerned about where to buy reed diffuser sticks best, we recommend searching for them online at stores such as Amazon.
Here you can find the best natural Rattan reeds at a most affordable price for making your reed diffuser.
2- Choose The Right Number of Reeds: Deciding on how many reeds you should use in your diffuser is a matter of personal preference. We recommend placing any thing between 5-10 reeds as per your requirement.
As more reeds means more scent, try using fewer number of reeds initially. If you feel the aroma too light or too strong you can prefer adding or removing the reeds respectively.
3- Turn, Flip and Change Your Reeds with Time: Turn over the reeds every day (or at least every 2-3 days) to saturate both the ends well in the reed diffuser oil refill.
This technique helps to speed-up the process of soaking them from the bottom and diffusing the entire wood reed.
When the reeds start to lose the fragrance, recognize the need to change the reeds before the oil is drained.
Best is to keep on changing the reeds every week. As these reeds gets completely saturated overtime OR clogged with dust and other impurities present in the air, it should be replaced every week or every fortnight.
This is important so that you continue to have a pleasant and sweet environment at home with your family week after week.
4- Do Not Re-Use The Reeds: Care that you do not try using the same reeds again, when you feel that it has become fully saturated OR in case you want to use different scent.
The reeds which you have used for particular scent before should not be used again for another scent or aroma oil. If you use them it may end up providing an undesirable scent due to the combination of two or more oils.
5- Do Not Light The Reeds: Few people think that lightning the reeds may prove better for getting the aroma in the room.
But be alarmed! As diffuser essential oils are flammable you need to keep your reeds away from open flame.
6- Place The Diffuser Safely: Be sure to keep it away from electronic appliances, small children and pets.
If there are kids or pets at home, you should try placing it at a higher levels so that it becomes out of reach for them.
Also care that you do not place your reed diffuser jar/bottle on the wooden surfaces as it can leave the marks of essential oils.
Children at home can also make it spilled over the wooden surfaces, leaving your wood tables and furniture damaged.
Furthermore you need to be cautious enough while opening the oil bottle, flipping the reeds or refilling your diffuser bottle. As spilling of some essential oils can permanently damage the surfaces you need to be bit careful.
Best is to place your reed diffuser on a glass table or glass surface. Place it in such a way that it is near to a source of airflow (like window or vent).
This will help fragrance your room fast without any risk. Having placed it at the safe place, you can feel light smell which goes on increasing within 24 hours.
Overall, Handmade fragrance diffusers or reed diffusers can be a great gift for special ones on special events and occasions such as Christmas, birthday, anniversary, etc.
This enables your friends and loved ones to enjoy every moment of the day, remembering you in every inhale of the fragrance.
The best part is, these are really inexpensive and long lasting. With its awesome sweet scent in the room you can enhance your emotions and mood.
Why not try these reed diffusers at home to have a great time with your spouse and dear ones!