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Crafty Collegiette: Reed Diffuser

One of the worst things about living in a dorm is that you can't light candles.  Nothing makes a room feel more homey than a comforting scent! Fortunately there are flameless options to keeping your room smelling great, but those can be expensive, bad for the environment (or you!) or just plain bad.  Why not make your own reed diffuser to make a customized scent for mere dollars! 


  • Vase or other container that has a small bottle opening, make sure it is glass or ceramic 
  • Your favorite essential oils
  • Vodka and water (you can also use mineral oil but what college student has that?)
  • Reeds or bamboo skewers.  The reeds will work better and are pretty cheap and easy to find


  1. Create your scent mixture by mixing approximately 1/4 cup of water, a splash of vodka and 12 drops of essential oils.  If your container can fit more than that, just use the same proportions!
  2. Pour into your container.
  3. Put reeds in.  After about an hour, flip the reeds over so that they are fully saturated.
  4. Enjoy your nice smelling room!


  • Flip the reeds about once a week for maximum effectiveness.  
  • Refill the scent mixture when you run out using the same process above.  Wash out container if you try new oils.
  • The smaller the bottle opening, the less often you'll need to refill.  
  • Refill reeds every couple of weeks.
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