I love the smell of citrus. I've seen some natural "air fresheners" that use a whole orange and whole cloves. When I was looking up natural air fresheners to add to my Apple Simmer Pot post, I came across all kinds of Citrus Pomander ball posts AND I came across several DIY Reed Diffuser posts. I decided to combine the two ideas and make an Orange blossom and Clove Reed Diffuser.
I was hoping I still had some of my Sweet Orange essential oil, but I didn't. I ended up using Neroli oil instead, which is orange blossom oil.
Orange blossoms are one of my favorite scents on Earth. For real. Growing up in Central Florida, which used to be the hugest citrus producer in the world, that sweet scent floating through the air would always signal the beginning of Spring. The smell just takes me back to my younger days. Although to me, the scent of Neroli Oil doesn't exactly replicate the smell, it still smells pretty.
To make my homemade Reed Diffuser, I used the instructions from Bev at Make Your Own Zone. I saw several posts on how to make DIY Reed Diffusers, but I happened to have everything on hand that her version called for. Actually, she uses rubbing alcohol. You can use rubbing alcohol or vodka. I did NOT have rubbing alcohol in the house, but I did have a tiny bit of orange flavored vodka left. It was the perfect amount to use to make this diffuser. . . . . it really wasn't enough to make a drink, so it was perfect all around!
Using her directions here: Make Your Own Reed Diffuser Liquid , I came up with this recipe.
What I used:
1/3 cup distilled water
2 teaspoons orange flavored vodka
5 drops clove essential oil
15 drops Neroli essential oil
I didn't have any little jars or vases, so I used this little pitcher I got on that trip to Hocking Hills several years ago. I've always had it sitting on my window sill. I said I bought it because it was so ugly it was cute. I just love the speckled paint. Now, my little pitcher has a purpose!
I had 6 bamboo skewers on hand, so I used those as reeds. You're supposed to cut the sharp ends of the skewers off to make them less sharp. A lot of the directions that I've seen say to flip the diffusers after a couple days. When I was cutting my skewers, I used a big pair of scissors and the tips flew everywhere! I still haven't found all of them. So, be careful when you do that part!
Have you ever made a DIY diffuser before?
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