How To Make A Diffuser And Create A Refreshing Space

While scrolling through social media apps, have you ever come across those lifestyle bloggers that always keep their homes in the cleanest, most organised state? Let’s admit it; we’ve all been there! Just looking at the labelled containers in their pantries and clean bathrooms makes you want to follow in their footsteps and make your home Pinterest-perfect. These influencers are never seen without a diffuser, diffusing fresh scent in every room in the house. It is an excellent way of making a good first impression on your guests. 

Aroma diffuser and branches of eucalyptus

A refreshing scent wafting through your home is the best way to welcome guests to your place. It is also an amazing way for you and your family to enjoy an at-home aromatherapy experience to the fullest. Studies show an improvement in people’s moods who wake up to a fresh and welcoming scent in the house. However, if you’re not a fan of store-bought diffusers and want something homemade and 100% natural, we have some great news for you. Read on and find out how to make an organic diffuser that will make your home smell great all the time. 

How does a diffuser work?

As the name suggests, a diffuser diffuses essential oils in the air to make it smell fresh and invigorating. Some diffusers use heat or vibrations, while others just work with the surrounding air to spread the scent of fragrance oils

When a diffuser starts working, it breaks down the essential oils to their base molecules and spread the aroma in the surroundings. This process is called diffusing or evaporating of the oils. Since essential oils are used in a small quantity, they are mixed with base oils or carrier oils to facilitate the diffusion process. 

There are four main kinds of diffusers that you can get your hands on: 

  • Nebulising diffuser 
  • Ultrasonic diffuser 
  • Heat diffuser 
  • Evaporating diffuser 

The nebulising diffuser breaks down the essential oils and sprays the concentrated molecules in the air. An ultrasonic diffuser uses vibration to break down the oils into their base molecules and release them into the air with water mist. A heat diffuser uses heat through electricity or fire to disperse the fragrance oil particles into the atmosphere. While the evaporating diffuser uses the wind to spread the aroma of the oils in the air effectively. 

Even though several different kinds of essential oil diffusers are available in the market, you can easily make one at home. Ready for your next DIY project? Let’s get started! 

The things you’ll need for the project

Making an evaporative diffuser at home is quite an easy yet fun task. A reed diffuser and a water bead one, are two different kinds of evaporating diffusers, which we will make in this tutorial. Here are the supplies you need to make your own reed diffuser and water bead air freshener

  1. Glass bottle
  2. Essential oils 
  3. Bamboo skewers 
  4. Carrier oil or distilled water 
  5. Rubbing alcohol 
  6. Glass jar 
  7. Orbeez balls or water beads 

You can find most of the supplies for this DIY project at home. 

How to make a diffuser step-by-step

Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to make two different kinds of diffusers

Reed diffuser glass bottle on a wooden table

Method 1: How to make a reed diffuser

Here is what you need to do: 

Step 1

Take a glass bottle with a small opening and thoroughly clean it. Make sure there is no residue of any product inside as it can contaminate the oil mixture

Step 2

Take 1/4th cups of carrier oil like safflower oil, sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil and mix with a few drops of essential oil of your liking. You can use aromatherapy or candle making oils like spearmint, eucalyptus, grapefruit, geranium, bergamot, or peppermint oils. The other way is to use distilled water mixed with essential oils instead of using a carrier oil

Step 3

Add two tablespoons of rubbing alcohol to your fragrant oil mixture. It will allow the oils to break down and evaporate better. 

Step 4

With the help of a funnel, transfer your oil and alcohol solution into a bottle with a narrow opening. Slide down 6 to 8 bamboo skewers through the opening and allow the wood to soak in the liquid. 

Step 5

When the lower half of the skewers have absorbed the oil mix, turn them upside down to saturate the upper half as well. Once the reeds are fully saturated, your DIY reed diffuser is ready to be used. 

Step 6

Place your reed diffuser in a well-ventilated space to let the evaporation begin. Once the diffusion dies down, add a fresh batch of oils to your reed diffuser bottle along with new reeds to refresh the whole system. 

Yes – that’s how easy it is!

Method 2: How to make a water bead diffuser 

Orbeez balls in a glass jar

It is quick and easy to DIY a water bead diffuser. Here is how to do it:

Step 1

Take a glass jar and thoroughly clean it with the help of water and isopropyl alcohol. Next, fill the jar up with activated orbeez balls and set them aside. Water beads or orbeez balls take 4-5 hours to fully bloom so, do that beforehand. 

Step 2

Add one tablespoon of any carrier oil along with 20-25 drops of essential oils in a bowl. Remember, using artificial scents like home fragrance oils will give a stronger scent. However, it does not come with any health benefits. 

Step 3

Add this mixture to the jar filled with water beads, and give them a thorough mix. Once the oil is properly mixed with the orbeez balls, keep the jar opened in an airy place for the fragrance to evaporate. 

Step 4

You can add a blend of different essential oils for a stronger scent. Keep adding more fragrance oils every 3-4 days to keep the diffuser fresh – and with it, your house. You can also keep this diffuser in your car after covering up the lid with a mesh lining. 

Bonus tips for the perfect diffuser

Even though making essential oil diffusers at home is a fool-proof project, these expert tips will help you perfect your craft even further: 

If you can’t find your choice of carrier oils conveniently, then you can use the Augeo reed diffuser base instead. It is readily available in the markets and can be used in car perfume bottles as well. However, avoid using mineral oils, as they are a cheaper form of base oils that can interfere with the fragrance of essential oils

To make sure your diffuser keeps working efficiently, change your reed diffuser sticks and orbeez balls every four to five months. People who love to have diffusers around their home swear by rattan reeds instead of bamboo sticks for adequate absorption and evaporation of the fragrance oils.

Use scents according to the weather to set up a refreshing mood for the entire house. It will also set a signature scent for all the seasons in the year, bringing memories every time you smell something similar. 

Woman with diffuser during yoga

An essential oil diffuser can be quite calming for people who have a busy schedule. Having a diffuser in your house will keep your home smelling delightful throughout the day. With these homemade diffusers, you will not have to plug in any device for the diffusion to happen; they work on their own utilising the wind around you. So, what is your favourite fragrance oil for diffusing? Time to give it a try!

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