diy reed diffuser air freshener


Reed diffusers are wonderful air fresheners. We have one in each bathroom in our house, and we have one in the laundry room (the litter boxes call the laundry room home). Have you ever bought the oil for them?? It is crazy expensive! One small bottle will run you at least $10, and that only gets you (at best) two fills! Fear not, frugal friends…I have a recipe!

For the bottle, you can buy any glass bottle you like, so long as it has a narrow opening. I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby. I especially like that it came with a cork top. While it won’t get used often, it’s a nice cap for when you want to swish the solution in the bottle. The reeds were a bit tougher to come by. I couldn’t find them in a store locally, so I ordered them on Amazon.

*One note: in order for the fragrance to really get out of the jar, you need to fill the jar at least 3/4 full. Adjust the recipe accordingly for your chosen jar.


Make It:

  1. Add all ingredients to bottle (or mix in a separate container first).
  2. If your bottle has a cap, simply cap it and swish to mix ingredients together. If not, use one of your reed sticks to stir it.
  3. Add 8-10 sticks to the bottle, and fan them out.
  4. Be patient! It can take a day or two to really smell the fragrance.



  • To maximize fragrance, flip the sticks every few days.
  • Replace the sticks once per month.
  • Fill the bottle with new solution as needed.

When making a new solution, experiment with different oils (or combinations of oil) to find the fragrance you enjoy most!