Reed diffusers are a great way to add a constant scent to your home, although there is a misconception that they don't last. Either the fragrance loses its scent and becomes non existent or it evaporates and you are left with an empty glass bottle and a few reed sticks as decoration. This is not the case with all diffusers.
Reed diffusers generally take care of themselves and require little to no attention once placed in a room, but there are some tricks you can do to maximise their scent and lifespan.
Here are some tips to making the most out of your reed diffuser.
Flip the reeds
Reed diffusers breathe a constant scent into a living space. By rotating the reeds in your diffuser every two weeks or so, the fragrance will be magnified and you will have that amazing scent throughout your home for a longer period of time.
Keep them away from direct sunlight
Heat causes the fragrance in the diffuser to evaporate much faster. So positioning them where they are in direct sunlight most of the day, like on a window sill or table next to a sunny window is not ideal. Place your reed diffuser somewhere they can utilise the airflow in your home. So, on a mantlepiece, on a TV stand, on a coffee table, next to the basin in your bathroom or on your bedside table. Even better would be to place them where there is a lot of traffic flow, so that the fragrance is automatically circulated throughout the space as a result of the airflow created by movement. Preferably in an entrance hall.
Opt for oil based, not alcohol based
Alcohol based diffusers evaporate a lot faster than oil based diffusers. These are generally the one's you can buy in a supermarket. They also lose their scent after a short period of time, leaving you with a vessel full of unscented liquid. A good oil based diffuser, depending on its size, should last from nine to 13 months.
Pick the right size for the space
If your room is quite large or your living space is open plan, one 250ml to 350ml diffuser is not going to be substantial. For smaller rooms such as bathrooms this would work. Either use more than one in bigger living spaces or opt for a larger vessel such as a crystal decanter which can take up to 1L or more of fragranced oil and also has larger reeds.
If you change the oil, change the reeds
We wouldn't suggest changing the oil of your diffuser before it is almost finished, although if you are refilling your diffuser vessels at any stage, opt for a new set of reeds too. Because they stick out and are not something that generally gets cleaned or dusted during household cleaning, reeds tend to get dusty and clogged over time.
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