How to Make a Reed Diffuser

If you were to drop in to my home at any time, chances are that you would find a diffuser humming away or a candle burning. It is not a secret that I love creating ambience through scent and am a bit of a candle and essential oil junkie. While I love both candles and a diffuser, there are times where I appreciate a subtle and constant scent that requires no turning on or lighting. Plug ins and air fresheners that contain artificial scents tend to give me a headache and smell unappealing to me which is just one of the reasons why I use natural options.

Enter my new favorite: a reed diffuser

Reed diffusers are not a new concept. In fact, you have probably seen them at gift shops, in a friend’s home or in the candle aisle at Target or Walmart.  I’ve seen them priced anywhere from $8-50 – going the DIY route is definitely more economical and you know exactly what is in the liquid – nothing artificial.  They are unobtrusive and decorative while providing just a touch of scent to any room. I love the ability to choose my own scent and vessel and the fact that they are surprisingly simple and inexpensive to make. I am already thinking ahead to Christmas and hostess gifts and imagining how cute these would be tucked in a bag with several essential oils ready to go.

Supplies – find the links at the bottom of this post:

  • clean glass bottle – look for a small vase with a narrow neck around the house – here’s what I used.
  • 5 to 7 diffuser reeds
  • 1/4 cup light carrier oil. I like using almond oil, but fractionated coconut and apricot can be used as well.
  • 1 tablespoon of vodka. You can also use rubbing alcohol but just keep in mind that the scent may be affected by the stronger rubbing alcohol odor.
  • 20-30 drops of essential oil – this can be one scent my suggestion is to custom blend your favorite scent.  I also have some ideas for you at the bottom of the post too.


  1. Add all of the ingredients into a liquid measuring cup and stir to combine.
  2. Pour the mixture in to your bottle or container using a funnel and put the reeds in. Let the reeds sit for an hour or so to fully absorb and then flip them over.
  3. You can turn the reeds over every week or when the scent in the air starts to dissipate. I also do this when I am expecting company to just freshen up the air. Be sure to use fresh reeds with each combination you create.

Just a word of caution, if you have small children and/or pets, keep the reed diffuser out of their reach.  This solution would do a number on your floors or fabrics 😉

Looking for some scent combination ideas? Just click on the image to see some of my favorites:





Three Bathroom Cleaners to Stop Buying and Start Making

3 Bathroom Cleaners to Stop Buying and Start Making - Clean Mama

One trip down the cleaning aisle at your local store and you find a plethora of bathroom cleaning supplies making numerous claims. The brightly colored cleaners with flashy labels may be eye catching but their contents leave much to be desired. I am a firm believer in using cleaners that have ingredients that I can pronounce and are safe to use around children. The three cleaners that I am sharing today fit my requirements.

It is no secret that I use and love DIY cleaners. Heck, I even wrote a book all about them. Not only are the ingredients safe to use around your home and family, the cost savings can be pretty extreme. It’s easy to go through cleaners at a fairly quick pace, but you won’t have to be concerned about spending a lot of money while you do it. In addition, while I love the effectiveness of these cleaners, I also love the scent that they add while I clean. No artificial fragrances, just pure essential oils.

A couple of things to cover: if you don’t want to use vodka, you can use rubbing alcohol in it’s place. I prefer to use vodka (the cheapest you can find will do the trick) because it doesn’t have as much of an alcohol scent. If you really don’t care for a certain essential oil scent, you can sub out a different oil instead.

On to the cleaners!

Peppermint Daily Shower Cleaner Spray

Daily Shower Spray - Clean Mama

  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 cup water
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix and store in a spray bottle.  Spray shower or tub daily after showering.  No rinsing necessary.  This cleaner won’t keep your shower or tub clean all the time but it will make it easier to clean and keep that soap scum at bay.  Hooray!

Window and Mirror Cleaning Spray

Window + Mirror Cleaning Spray Ingredients - Clean Mama

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix in spray bottle, spray liberally on surface and wipe clean with a window + mirror cleaning cloth.  If you haven’t tried a single DIY cleaner before, start with this one – it’s absolutely wonderful and its secret is that it dries super fast and streak-free because of the rubbing alcohol.

All-Purpose Cleaning + Disinfecting Spray

Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner - Clean Mama

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vodka (excellent germ-killing properties)
  • 15 drops of your favorite essential oils (lavender + lemon and peppermint + lemon are my favorite combos)
  • 1 1/4 cups water

Combine all ingredients and put in to a glass spray bottle. Spray surface and let sit 10 minutes before wiping. Use your favorite cloth to wipe up the cleaner  Here are my favorites – but I’m a little biased :).  I love using microfiber in the bathroom for cleaning – it cleans effortlessly and is lint-free so you aren’t creating more of a mess than when you started.  (Vinegar is not safe on natural stone – marble, granite, etc.  If you have that in your bathroom(s), you’ll love my marble + granite cleaning spray.)

Try out one or all three of these cleaners in your cleaner arsenal. Not only will you save money, but you can feel good about what you are using in your own home.

If you’re looking for a super fast and efficient way to clean your bathrooms, check out this post!

DIY Cleaners : Marble + Granite Cleaning Spray

Marble + Granite Cleaning Spray - Clean Mama

This isn’t the first time I’ve shared this recipe on the blog and a version of this recipe is also in my book, but since I use it multiple times a day on my kitchen counters I thought it might be time to re-share this recipe.  It’s easily one of my favorites!

If you have granite or marble counters you know that they take a little more care to clean up any spills right away and you also have to be very careful to use only ingredients that are safe to use on them.  Most countertop manufacturers and installers recommend just using dish soap and water, which I use regularly to clean my counters, but I do like a good spray cleaner 🙂  This recipe is a twist on the soap and water but I’ve added a little rubbing alcohol – the reason for this is 3-fold: (1) alcohol kills germs, (2) alcohol helps the water to dry a little more quickly, (3) alcohol is pH neutral – it has the same acidity of water. You can’t use vinegar on stone counters because the vinegar has a pH and over time it will etch away at the finish of your stone.  Not good.  Give this recipe a try – you’ll love how quick it is to mix up and how easy it is to use.

Gather your ingredients and tools…

Ingredients for Marble + Granite Cleaning Spray - Clean Mama


  • 3 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon castile or dish soap (if you want your spray to smell like your dish soap, use that)


  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoon
  • funnel – this just makes it easier to pour liquid ingredients into a spray bottle
  • spray bottle

Combine ingredients, close spray bottle, shake, and CLEAN!

Marble + Granite Cleaning Spray on Counter

You can purchase the recipe label, spray bottle, and aqua (or white) bar mop towels in my shop, Clean Mama Home.


More posts in this series – just click on the image to go to the post:

Soft Cleaning Paste - the perfect scrub - Clean Mama

All-Purpose Spray - Clean Just About Anywhere Spary - Clean Mama

The Perfect DIY Glass Cleaner - Clean Mama

DIY Cleaners Ingredient Storage - Clean Mama

DIY Cleaners : Soft Cleaning Paste

Soft Cleaning Paste - the perfect scrub - Clean Mama

I’ve been sharing my favorite DIY Cleaners for spring cleaning this week and I just LOVE this soft cleaning paste.  It is perfect for bathrooms, tubs, tile, faucets….anywhere you need a little paste to get rid of soap scum, water spots, and just plain old dirt.

PLEASE NOTE : If you want to store this recipe (that’s what I do) make sure that you are mixing it up a little on the drier/ not liquid-y side.  If it’s too runny, it will expand inside the container when it’s drying.

Soft Cleaning Paste -ingredients - Clean Mama


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1 teaspoon citric acid (preservative)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons castile soap or dish soap
  • 10- 20 drops essential oils ( I use lemon and peppermint)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup white vinegar (depending on desired consistency – do not go over 3/4 cup)

Soft Cleaning Paste - mix into a paste - Clean Mama

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add soap and essential oils and carefully add 1/2 cup of white vinegar (it will bubble a bit).  Mix thoroughly and add up to 1/4 cup more vinegar if you want more of a sauce than a paste.  Store in a sealed container – it should last at least a month in a cool dark place.  Scoop out a tablespoon or two and apply with a sponge or a scrub brush and scrub away.  Rinse thoroughly.

Soft Cleaning Paste - Clean Mama

If you’d rather purchase this recipe already on an adorable label with or without a mason jar to store it in – look no further than Clean Mama Home:

Mason Jar + Labels - Clean Mama

More posts in this series – just click on the image to go to the post:

All-Purpose Spray - Clean Just About Anywhere Spary - Clean Mama

The Perfect DIY Glass Cleaner - Clean Mama

Essential Tools for Spring Cleaning - Clean Mama

Come Spring Clean Challenge - main Clean Mama

DIY Cleaners Ingredient Storage - Clean Mama

The Ultimate Natural Cleaning Resource

The Ultimate Natural Cleaning Resource - Your Guide to DIY Cleaners, How-Tos, and Helpful Tips via Clean Mama
I’ve covered A LOT of natural cleaning topics over the last year or so, I even had a book published all about natural and organic cleaning.  Scroll down to see the categories and posts.  Make sure you pin the post for later!   Don’t miss the new FREE calendar for January!  It’ll get you in the mood for cleaning up your space!  If you like this post, check out The Ultimate Guide to Simple Organizing.


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