How Does A Reed Diffuser Work? [Complete Guide]

By Gary Flores •  Updated: 07/06/22 •  6 min read

Have your loved ones recently given you a reed diffuser as a gift? or did you purchase several currently discounted reed diffusers? 🙂

However, the problem is that you are not getting the scents that you were expecting.

Have you even attempted to light the reed sticks on fire?

That is not how a reed diffuser works…(do not attempt to light your reed sticks with fire)

Perhaps you do not exactly know how a reed diffuser works.

In this article, I will discuss how a reed diffuser works and the various scents available for purchase online.

What is a reed diffuser?

Reed diffusers are commonly misunderstood because they resemble incense sticks. That is why some of my friends and others are trying to ignite the stick.

Reed diffusers are essential oil diffusers that use sticks to absorb the oils and then release the fragrance in small or large spaces.

Some reed sticks will have a tiny hole at both ends, but most of them will have a texture and feel of a “rattan” type of sticks.

Will learn more about how reed diffusers works in the next sections…

How does reed diffusers spread fragrance throughout the home?

How does a reed diffuser function?

The reed diffuser is similar to a mechanical system; the reed sticks and oils are the components that produce the fragrances.

Approximately 3–5 hours after soaking the reed sticks, you can begin to smell the aroma.

We will discuss the procedure and how to enhance the essential oil’s smell in the below section…

How do reed diffuser work step by step?

There are simple steps that provide enough scent for a small room, and there are steps that can be taken to increase the scent in a large room.

Here are the steps for using a reed diffuser:

Verify that items are complete.

Check whether you have these items first.

MAIN INGREDIENTS:

  1. Reed sticks (6 pieces or more)
  2. Small glass or ceramic jar with narrow neck or opening
  3. Reed Diffuser Base and Fragrance Oil with 3:1 ratio

OTHER USEFUL THINGS:

  1. Weighing scale or measuring cup to check the amount of each oil and the total mixture
  2. Glass Container and wooden stick or spoon for mixing the ingredients

Combine the Base and Fragrance Oil.

The next step is to prepare and make your oil mixture. It is recommended to fill up your jar 50% full. Thus, it is quite necessary that you know the capacity of your jar and the total weight of the oil mixture, so you can properly prepare the amount of your base and fragrance oil.

The reed diffuser base oil has to be 75-80% of the total mixture compatible with the 20-25% of your desired fragrance oil.

Mix the ingredients in a glass container using wooden spoon until it is well blended.

Then pour the mixture into the glass or ceramic jar.

Soak the reed sticks for ten to twenty-four hours.

Next, place up to six to eight pieces of reed sticks inside the small jar containing the oils with your preferred fragrance.

If you want a strong scent, let it soak for at least 24 hours; however, 10 hours is sufficient in my experience.

Flip the reed sticks and soak for 10–24 hours.

Now, allow the reed sticks to soak on the opposite side for 10 to 24 hours, depending on how potent you want the scents to be in the room.

Follow the steps above to ensure that you get the most out of your reed diffuser and its essential oils...

Can reed diffusers work in bathrooms?

Standard bathrooms are considered to be small rooms.

And reed diffusers are suitable for small spaces such as bathrooms.

If you use strong smelling essential oils, your bathroom will smell incredibly pleasant.

How long does it take for the reed diffusers to work?

It takes at least four to five hours for the scents from your reed diffuser to reach their full strength.

Additionally, it will depend on the size of your room. A larger room will require a stronger fragrance, and you will likely need to follow the steps for flipping and soaking your reed sticks.

However, in smaller rooms, such as the bathrooms I described above, it may take just a little bit of time before the fragrance from the diffuser can be felt.

How often should you flip the reed sticks?

There is no strict rule for flipping reed sticks. You can flip the reed sticks just once a week.

Depending on the strength of the oils you are using, it can occur that you may only flip the reed sticks once a month.

How often should you replace your reed sticks?

When you notice that your oils are disappearing, you can remove the reed sticks and either purchase a new reed diffuser or make one yourself.

Some of my friends make DIY reed diffusers that function remarkably well.

How should you care for your reed diffusers?

It is absolutely essential that you maintain clean reed diffusers. Ensure that no dirt is accumulating inside the glass jar.

Otherwise, the fact that you are inhaling it can cause some harmful effects.

You can also check this article about how to use ceramic reed diffusers

Reed diffusers you can purchase online

Now that you’re familiar with reed diffusers, they are a great way to add fragrance to your home without having to light a candle.

They are easy to use and you can purchase them online.

Reed diffusers come in a variety of scents and you can find one that fits your mood below.

Cashmere Vanilla Scent


CocorrĂ­na Premium Reed Diffuser Set with Preserved Baby's Breath & Cotton Stick Cashmere Vanilla | 6.7oz Scent Fragrance Oil Diffuser for Bedroom Bathroom Living Room Home DĂ©cor
  • Cashmere Vanilla Scent: Warm and comforting, the sweet scent of vanilla enhances the feeling of coziness on lazy days.
  • Includes: One fragrance diffuser glass bottle, 6.7 fl oz mixture of essential oils combined with fragrance, one pc. of real preserved baby's breath flowers, and six pure cotton sticks. Adjust the amount of aroma released by adding or removing the sticks.

Last update on 2023-03-03 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


Reed Diffuser Set of 3, Seed Spring Lavender Jasmine Freesia Oil Scent


Reed Diffuser Set of 3, Seed Spring Lavender Jasmine Freesia Oil Scent Diffuser Sticks Office Home Fragrance Products 1.7oz x 3
  • People are always looking for a charming fragrance, just to exude each unique self. Meet the exclusive fragrance that pleases you in Seed Spring. The scent of lavender makes you feel like you are in the field of French lavender; Amber, patchouli and woody notes enhance the aroma of white freesia, making it subtle and rounded; The fragrance of fresh and natural jasmine can make you feel relaxed and quiet, it is a perfect relaxation reed diffuser.
  • Better aroma, better life: A comfortable and natural atmosphere helps to relieve physical and mental fatigue. Whether sitting or reading, the bursts of freshness bring not only the smell but also a comfortable atmosphere that can relax the body and mind. The aroma concentration of the product is twice that of ordinary products. It not only has a better aroma, but also lasts longer.

Last update on 2023-03-03 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


Himalayan Tea / Inspired by Westin Hotel Collection


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Reed Diffuser Tropical Wave 3.4 Fl Oz (100ml) – Room Diffuser with Exotic and Fresh Scent


Reed Diffuser Tropical Wave 3.4 Fl Oz (100ml) - Room Diffuser with Exotic and Fresh Scent - Fragrance Diffuser with Rattan Sticks - Room Freshener - Scented Diffusers - Home Fragrance
  • This bright pleasant fragrance of reed diffuser evokes an uplifting mood and creates a special atmosphere that will remind you of holidays in the sun, fresh fruit, and exotic rainforests.
  • Contains 100ml aroma diffuser and 10 bamboo sticks, soaking up the fresh fragrance and dispersing lasting scent into the air for 24/7. The more sticks you add, the stronger the scent.

Last update on 2023-03-03 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


Reed Diffuser Cappuccino 3.4 Fl Oz (100ml) – Room Diffuser with Coffee Beans Scent


Reed Diffuser Cappuccino 3.4 Fl Oz (100ml) - Room Diffuser with Coffee Beans Scent - Fragrance Diffuser with Rattan Sticks - Room Freshener - Scented Diffusers - Home Fragrance
  • Contains 100ml aroma diffuser and 10 bamboo sticks, soaking up the fresh fragrance and dispersing lasting scent into the air for 24/7. The more sticks you add, the stronger the scent.
  • Indulge in aromatic bliss of Reed Diffuser and awaken the senses with a rich espresso scent, touched with notes of sweet, creamy vanilla.

Last update on 2023-03-03 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


Gary Flores

Hi there! I've lived in a variety of various sorts of homes and learned how to make them feel, look, and smell good. Makehomegood.com was born out of my desire to encourage individuals to make modest adjustments around the house that can have a significant influence on their quality of life and that of their families.

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