A clean and fresh home is where you want to be after a long day at work. It’s a place for comfort and relaxation, so you always want it to smell good. Lingering food smells or unpleasant odors can put a damper on your day, which is why you need a reed diffuser to eliminate unwanted odors.
What is a Reed Diffuser?
Reed diffusers, much like scented candles, make a room smell fragrant. You fill a bottle or container with oil and you put reeds that will absorb the oil. The scent then gets dispersed once the oil is absorbed. Now, you can remove the stress and enjoy the relaxing scents.
So, if you are planning to get reed diffusers for your home, here are some things to consider:
Reed diffusers use fragrance oils so it should be in glass containers. Containers made of other materials such as plastic or metal may react badly to the oil, especially if it’s going to be there for a long time. Even wood is a definite no, because the oil will soak through. The type of container you have is essential because it can affect the quality of the oil.
Generally, proper storage of oils are in dark bottles such as amber and cobalt ones. However, since we are talking about reed diffusers, it’s okay if they are in lighter or clear bottles because the oil will eventually get used up. If you are storing the oil for future use, then that’s when they should be in dark bottles because light can reduce its shelf life.
It’s best if your bottle has a smaller neck opening. This way you can minimize the strength of the scent. Wide open bottlenecks may give off a strong smell because it diffuses the oil directly into the air, which can be too much. You can also choose bottles that have beautiful designs so it can fit nicely into your room’s decor.
Rattan is used to make diffuser reeds. It is a natural plant material that looks similar to bamboo. They also have the same flexibility as well. Rattan is not solid. It’s the best kind of material to use for diffusing because it has channels in its stem. These channels absorb the oil and travel through the whole stick up to the top to disperse the scent into the air.
The sticks used for diffusers can have different lengths and thickness which will depend on the dimension of your bottle.
● Make sure that the sticks are always longer than the bottle.
● Few inches should poke out of the top of the bottle’s opening, so the oil gets diffused.
● You can also cut down on thick reeds so they can fit bottles with more narrow necks to prevent the container from toppling over because of the weight a thick one can carry.
● The more sticks you use, the stronger the smell it disperses.
The reeds are the ones that help you control the strength of the scent. So, if you plan to put it in a wide-open living room, it’s best to use more sticks so it can freshen the smell of the whole place.
The Fragrance Oils
There are many different kinds of fragrances that are available, from floral, fruity, woody or spicy scents, there are so many options. It all boils down to your preference. What do you want your home to smell like? You can change it up every month if you like too.
Remember to choose only quality oils. Buy from trusted sellers, so you don’t end up paying a high price for cheap oils. Oils that are of high-quality are long lasting and smell pleasant. If it has poor quality, then it will turn rancid after a short period. Some cheap oils may also contain chemicals that are unpleasant or even harmful.
Some Tips When Using Reed Diffusers
● Place the reeds evenly so it can effectively diffuse the scent through the whole room.
● Gently shake the bottle if the scents start to weaken.
● Turn the sticks upside down at least once every week because the oil may have collected at the bottom.
● Keep it away from direct sunlight because heat will make the reeds absorb the oil quicker.
● Do not place near areas with moving air such as beside open windows because it will shorten its lifespan.
Shopping for reed diffuser doesn’t have to be a tedious task. Sure there are many choices out there, but that’s great. It gives you options to make your house smell amazingly different every month or as often as you’d like. You can even mix your own scents if you want to create a unique scent. Just make sure to combine oils that go well together, so you don’t make your home smell worse.