Good Monday morning, Moppers. We hope you all had a fabulous weekend and managed to do all the things you wanted to do. We kept pretty busy on our end, shopping, baking, and of course there was a little R&R time in there with a glass of wine or two.
All-in-all it was a pretty good weekend, except for the part where our essential oil diffuser decided to go on the fritz.
Yeah, that was a bummer.
But being the crafty, creative people we are, we decided to ditch the store bought one in favor of making our own diffuser this time around, and so far the results have been pretty darn good. It took literally no time at all to make, and now we’re back to smelling the wonderful aroma of essential oils that we love so much.
Therefore today we’d like to show you all how to make your own essential oil diffuser using three different recipes, so that this holiday season you can have your home smelling fantastic on a budget.
1. Carrier Oil & Essential Oil
For this first recipe you want to use a ratio of 70% carrier oil to 30% essential oil. Simply add your carrier oil (we like using either sweet almond oil, or safflower oil) to a glass jar or ceramic container, and then add your essential oils. You can mix them up for a combo scent, or you can just add one, like lavender, or peppermint. Either way, when you’ve done that, swirl it all around to combine.
2. Carrier Oil, Alcohol & Essential Oil
Like above, you want to use a 70%-30% ratio between your carrier oil, and essential oil. So add those to your glass or ceramic container, only this time you’re going to add 2-3 tablespoons of vodka. Why? Because alcohol evaporates fast, which means it’s going to work quicker to get your room smelling nice with whatever essential oils you decide to use.
3. Water, Alcohol & Essential Oil
If you don’t have any carrier oil on hand, and can’t be bothered to leave your home to get some, you can use water instead. Simply pour 1/4 cup of hot tap water into your glass jar or ceramic container, followed by 1/4 cup of vodka, or rubbing alcohol. Then add 25 drops of your chosen essential oil, and swirl everything around to combine.
Either one of the recipes above will work fine, though we usually just stick with number 3 because everyone always has water on hand, right?
From there you want to grab some dried twigs from outside (peel the bark off), or some bamboo skewers (cut the pointed ends off). Take those, and drop as many twigs or skewers as you can into the opening of your glass or ceramic container. We go with anywhere between six and ten, depending on how big the opening is, but if you can’t get that many to fit, don’t worry about it.
Let the end of the twigs or skewers soak in the oils for a few hours, allowing everything to be drawn up through them so that they emit that essential oil aroma you’ve been craving. When you notice the scent beginning to dwindle, simply take them out and flip them around. You can also top up the mixture with more essential oil if you notice that you’re not getting as much scent after a few days, but for the most part this homemade essential oil diffuser will last you quite a long time. The only reason to ditch the twigs or skewers would be if you want to replace them with a different scent.
We told you it was easy, right? Of course the scent given off from your DIY essential oil diffuser probably won’t be as powerful as the aromas given off by those store bought ultrasonic ones, but the upside is that you won’t have to replace the oil mixture as often, and you won’t have to clean it out as often either, save for when you want to replace the scent. Depending on the size of your room though, you might be surprised by how much scent these homemade ones can release. We definitely were.
That’s all for today, Moppers. Enjoy the start of a brand new week, and we’ll chat with you again on Wednesday. Until then, stay safe…and stay clean!