Come mid-winter, I straight-up yearn for open-window weather. I love the sounds of my neighborhood, but more than anything, I crave fresh air. Since we have at least a couple months to go before it’s warm enough to crack the windows, I’ve been keeping things fresh at home with these easy-to-make reed diffusers. Crafted out of with Goodwill vases and few ingredients—including a few you probably already have on hand!—this project comes together in about 15 minutes, and costs a mere fraction of store-bought air fresheners.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- 2 thrifted vases — I looked for vases with narrow necks that were no more than five inches tall
- Mineral oil — available at your local pharmacy and/or hardware store
- Carrier oil — sweet almond, jojoba and safflower oils will all work great
- Essential oils — single-note oils or blends are both great options
- Wooden reeds — I found mine at Michael’s
HOW TO MAKE
1. Start by gathering up your supplies.
2. Measure ½ cup of mineral oil into a glass measuring spout.
3. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of vodka. It’s naturally going to separate, so give it a good whisk to ensure it’s emulsified.
4. Now it’s time to mix up your scents. To keep it simple, I used two of my favorite essential oil blends: Veriditas Botanicals’ Good Samaritan blend
and Aura Cacia’s Creative Juice
. The sky’s the limit when it comes to essential oil combos, so feel free to play around! As long as you’re stay around 20-30 drops per ¼-cup carrier oil, you should be in good shape.
5. Using a small funnel, pour the carrier-oil blend into a vase, followed by half the mineral oil-vodka mixture. Repeat with your second vase.
6. Insert a handful of the reeds into each vase, stirring the oil around. After a few hours pass, flip the sticks over, so the end that hasn’t been dipped gets a turn in the oil. For the most fragrant results, flip your sticks every few days. Depending on the size of your vases, these diffusers should stay fragrant for at least a month or two.
Are you a fan of homemade air fresheners? If you have a good method or recipe up your sleeve, please do let me know!