DIY Plaster Aroma Stones for Essential Oils (That Double As Kids Sidewalk Chalk)

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Learn how to make DIY plaster aroma stones for a quick and easy essential oil diffuser. This easy DIY craft project is perfect for the kids to make for Mother’s Day gifts. Plus they can create extras to use themselves. Turns out these essential oil aroma stones actually double as kids sidewalk chalk. So it’s the perfect 2-for-1 activity when you need things to do when bored, or are looking for creative kids crafts to keep your little angelic demons out of your hair. Keep reading to discover how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for essential oils. Plus easy DIY ideas for kids crafts and activities that I loved as a child.

Learn how to make DIY plaster aroma stones for a quick and easy essential oil diffuser. This easy DIY craft project is perfect for the kids to make for DIY Mother's Day gifts. Plus they can create extras to use themselves as kids sidewalk chalk. The perfect 2-for-1 activity when you need things to do when bored, or are looking for creative kids crafts to keep your little angelic demons out of your hair. Discover how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for essential oils now.

Last week I got into a groove and started getting crafty. I was going to rock being stuck at home. Unfortunately, it turns out that adult fears outweigh that childhood boredom that kept me entertained as a Gen X latchkey kid. Because my increasing anxiety kicked everything up a notch, including the fibro. And there’s no amount of knocking boots or edibles that can get me back into my magic zen zone.

Everyday is just one day at a time right now. Slowing down and a lot of self care. Hoping things don’t get worse. Worrying that no one I know gets sick. Crossing fingers, legs and toes that my friends who’ve lost their jobs are going to pull through this with some hope (and sanity) left intact. It’s crazy out there. And I’m worried. But I think it’s important to remember that we are not alone. If we stick together as a community and look out for each other, we’ll all be okay. In the meantime, get back to basics by crafting! It’s basically art therapy for stress. (Plus it’ll likely help you cope better than day drinking. Those cortisol spikes cause some pretty wicked insomnia.)

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Unplugged Kids Crafts & Activities

I know some of you still have kids at home bored out of their minds. So it can be hard to drag them away from video games and the internet. Since I’m apparently old enough to now be confused with a boomer (Um, hello. My PARENTS are boomers. They are in their 70s.) I have all kinds of ideas for unplugged kids crafts and activities that I did as a child. Because Atari was about as good as it got back then. And I was never great about the whole hand eye coordination thing. 

  • Mix dirt with grass and water to make pinch pot pottery.
  • Learn about edible weeds and herbs by foraging for salads.
  • Create an at home restaurant with food, menus and money hand drawn onto paper, then cut out with scissors.
  • Bake cookies and brownies and grilled cheese.
  • Make paper dolls.
  • Attach multiple sheets of paper together with tape, then draw roads on them for toy cars.
  • Dig up the yard to make roads for toy cars.
  • Use kids sidewalk chalk to draw roads on the cul-de-sac for biking.
  • Play dress up with other family members’ clothing, complete with a photo shoot.
  • Make furniture for dolls using upcycled cardboard and other found materials.
  • Write a zine or start a journal.
  • Craft a wearable mermaid’s tail from newspaper, tape and aluminum foil.
  • Slam your brother’s finger in a door. When he gets you back, compare blood blisters.
  • Make a terrarium with dirt and moss from the great outdoors.
  • Use scraps of paper to create mosaic art.
  • Sew easy felt finger puppets.

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They can also make this awesome kids sidewalk chalk. Or DIY plaster aroma stones. Whatever you prefer to call them. Simply whip them up in a fun mold (I used my soap making molds) and have at it. 

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What Are Aroma Stones?

You may be wondering, what is an aroma stone? An aroma stone is basically just unglazed pottery. It’s used as a fragrance diffuser for fragrance oils or essential oils by simply adding drops of your scent of choice to the stone. You can make aroma stones using air dry clay. You can also make DIY plaster aroma stones using plaster. By adding colored mica powder, you can easily add fun colors to your aroma stones. And utilize them as kids sidewalk chalk as well. Here’s how it’s done.

Make DIY plaster aroma stones for a quick & easy essential oil diffuser. This easy DIY craft project is perfect for the kids to make for Mother's Day gifts. Plus they can create extras to use themselves as kids sidewalk chalk. Discover how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for essential oils. Plus easy DIY ideas for kids crafts and activities that I loved as a child. And learn how to make essential oil aroma stones as a family fun activity. And a relaxing essential oil blend for your diffuser.

DIY Plaster Aroma Stones (Or Kids Sidewalk Chalk)

Ingredients:

1 cup plaster
3/4 cup water
2.5 grams mica powder

Materials:

Silicone mold
Mixing bowls
Mixing utensils
Measuring cup

Make DIY plaster aroma stones for a quick & easy essential oil diffuser. This easy DIY craft project is perfect for the kids to make for Mother's Day gifts. Plus they can create extras to use themselves as kids sidewalk chalk. Discover how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for essential oils. Plus easy DIY ideas for kids crafts and activities that I loved as a child. And learn how to make essential oil aroma stones as a family fun activity. And a relaxing essential oil blend for your diffuser.

Directions for Making DIY Plaster Aroma Stones:

I made my DIY plaster aroma stones the same way I did my essential oil ornaments. There’s not a huge difference in the process. I used four parts plaster to three parts water with a full size sample package of mica powder for color to create these.

This recipe always works for making kids sidewalk chalk, however, the colors are pretty pastel. For bolder colors, if you’d like your DIY plaster aroma stones to double as kids sidewalk chalk, simply double or triple the amount of mica powder used.

You can also easily increase or decrease the size of my recipe for DIY plaster aroma stones simply by resizing it as needed. Just adhere to the four parts plaster to three parts water ratio. The addition of mica won’t make any difference in the outcome of your DIY plaster aroma stones as far as them holding together.

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Once you’ve gathered all the supplies and materials you need to make your DIY plaster aroma stones, use a measuring cup to measure out the plaster and water into separate containers.

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Add the mica powder to the dry plaster and mix well.

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You want the color to be evenly incorporated throughout the plaster.

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Once you’ve mixed the plaster and mica powder for your DIY plaster aroma stones, stir in the water. Continue mixing until there are no clumps and the plaster is completely fluid.

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Now pour the colored plaster into your silicone mold. I used these silicone flower molds. The smaller of these two molds will make three DIY plaster aroma stones or kids sidewalk chalk in a single color.

Now use your finger, a spatula or another utensil to pop any air bubbles that may be present. You can also try tapping the mold lightly on your surface area to remove air bubbles. However, I found this challenging as the mold isn’t sturdy.

Easy DIY essential oil aroma stones. A simple craft project for making an essential oil diffuser using plaster of Paris. Not only are these DIY plaster aroma stones perfect for adding fragrance to your home, they're also and easy kids craft that the kids can make for homemade Mother's Day gifts. Learn how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for your favorite essential oil blends, try out my favorite essential oil blend and learn how to make a relaxing aromatherapy essential oil blend.

Allow the DIY plaster aroma stones to set up completely. It will take them about 20 minutes or so to fully harden. Once hardened, you can unmold them.

To make additional DIY plaster aroma stones or kids sidewalk chalk in more colors, simply repeat the process using a different color than the first.

How to Use Your DIY Plaster Aroma Stones:

To use your DIY plaster aroma stones, add about 20 drops of your favorite essential oil blend to the tops of the stone. One of my favorite blends right now is Simply Earth’s Tranquility essential oil blend. I find this blend especially helpful during times of stress. (Especially when I can’t find TP anywhere! Am I right?)

You can also create an aromatherapy essential oil blend to reduce stress and promote relaxation for your DIY plaster aroma stones. Simply combine 10 drops manuka essential oil, 10 drops bergamot essential oil and 2 drops lavender essential oil in an amber glass bottle. Then swirl to combine. Then add the blend to your plaster aroma stone to help ease away stressors and promote calm.

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Kids sidewalk chalk DIY. Quick and easy kids craft idea for hours of fun playing. Enjoy sidewalk chalk kids activities or make sidewalk chalk art for a family fun activities everyone can enjoy. An easy DIY sidewalk chalk tutorial that uses just 3-ingredients - water, plaster of Paris and mica powder. You'll craft your own colored sidewalk chalk that's ready in about 30-minutes for tons of unplugged kids activities that are fun when you need things to do when bored.

How to Use Your Aroma Stones as Kids Sidewalk Chalk:

Using your DIY Plaster Aroma Stones as kids sidewalk chalk is a snap. Simply add additional mica, if desired, when making your stones for that extra color pop. Then give your kids some chalk to play with and enjoy! It works great on streets, sidewalks and paving stones. And, of course, parents and adults can join in the fun too! (You’re never too old to be creative.)

You can find some great ideas for sidewalk chalk art here. Or check out these sidewalk chalk games.

Essential oil aroma stones DIY. A quick and easy alternative to an essential oil diffuser for a home fragrance. Enjoy aromatherapy with this easy adult craft project for making DIY plaster aroma stones for your favorite essential oils blends. These portable take anywhere essential oil diffusers are perfect for essential oils or fragrance oils to scent your home. Plus try my relaxing essential oil blend for your aroma stone diffuser to promote calm and reduce anxiety during stressful periods.

Like my project for making DIY plaster aroma stones? Then make sure you pin this project to Pinterest for later!

If you love home fragrances, then also be sure to try out my DIY reed diffuser with essential oils as well as my DIY wax melts with beeswax.

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Play Dough Soap DIY: A Fun Kids Activity That Encourages Hand Washing

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Encourage hand washing and make bath time fun with this play dough soap recipe, made with liquid Castile soap. This DIY play dough bath soap is easy to make, and older kids can even make it themselves. Don’t have liquid Castile soap on hand? Try it with body wash or baby shampoo. You can even scent these with kid safe essential oils for aromatherapeutic bath time fun! A creative, kid-approved project to try when you’re stuck indoors, this project is perfect for those who homeschool or have bored children at home.

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Growing up, my son used to spend hours playing with Play-Doh at the table. He would squish, squeeze, and mold the dough into different shapes and then smush it into a ball and start over again. This play dough soap recipe feels just like Play-Doh, but it’s made with the same liquid castile soap you use to wash your hands and body.

Older kids can help make this play dough bath soap recipe, too, and it’s a fun sensory activity. Just be careful that they don’t touch the melted coconut oil, as it is hot. You’ll also want to take care that the oil has cooled before they start kneading the soap play dough.

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What is Play Dough Soap?

Play dough soap feels just like real Play-Doh, but it’s a soap. It lathers and washes your hands and body just like soap, but it’s also fun for kids to play with.

You can mold it into shapes and let it air dry for a custom bar of soap. Or you can store it in an airtight container to use it as a dough. Kids like playing with squishy dough, so they will probably like the softer soap better.

You can also use this play dough bath soap to make shapes to place on top of your melt and pour soap or cold process soap. They don’t get as hard as soap, so they may get dinged up if you are shipping them or transporting them to shows to sell.

How Do You Store Play Dough Soap?

If you keep your play dough soap stored in an airtight container, it will last for a few months. You can pinch off some as needed to use as a soap or to mold into fun shapes.

Keep in mind, however, that play dough soap will dry out if it’s not covered. You can shape it and let it dry if you want. When you want to use it, you’ll just need to get it wet and pinch off a piece to use.

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How to Make Play Dough Soap

Making DIY play dough bath soap is really easy and only requires a few ingredients — many of which you probably already have in your kitchen pantry. The must have ingredients for this soap play dough recipe are cornstarch, liquid soap and coconut oil. Mica powder, which is used as a colorant, as well as essentials oils to scent your soap play doh are completely optional.

Liquid Castile Soap

The liquid Castile soap in this recipe is what really washes your or your child’s skin. I recommend using Dr. Bronner’s Baby Unscented Pure Liquid Castile Soap.

You can use your favorite baby wash or body wash. If you use a scented one, omit the essential oils. Using a body wash will probably give you more lather since they have additives to create more suds.

A true liquid castile soap made with olive oil won’t have a lot of lather. Depending on the brand that you use, there may not be a lot of lather. That’s okay. You don’t need lather to get clean.

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Coconut Oil

I added some coconut oil to make this play dough bath soap recipe more moisturizing. Since coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, it also firms this soap so it’s more like a dough. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, so the soap will soften as you play with it.

You can add another carrier oil or omit it completely. If you do add a liquid carrier oil, you may need to add more cornstarch. I recommend sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, or grapeseed oil. They are all dry oils that will soak into the skin quickly.

Mica Powder

I used mica powder to color my play dough soap recipe because it won’t stain your hands or skin. Food coloring can also be used, but it will stain your hands as you make the soap dough and when you use it. It can also stain your sink or bathtub when you use the soap.

Mica powder also has a wider range of colors. I wanted the scents to mostly match the colors, and that can be difficult with food coloring.

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Essential Oils

If you’re making this soap play dough recipe for kids, it’s important to use only kid safe essential oils. Essential oils are generally safe for kids over two or kids over ten.

Some fun essential oils for kids are:
Lime essential oil (10+) for alertness
Lemon essential oil (2+) for clarity
Sweet Orange essential oil (2+) is uplifting
Lavender essential oil (2+) is relaxing
Frankincense essential oil (2+) to clear the mind

I specifically used Simply Earth essential oils for my soap dough recipe. They offer quality essentials at great prices. And I’m a huge fan of their monthly essential oil recipe box! (Use coupon code: SOAPDELIFREE when you subscribe to the box for a coupon for $40 off your next purchase. You do NOT have to subscribe to buy individual oils.)

Ready to get started? You’ll find the recipe for making DIY soap dough for your kids below!

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Play Dough Soap Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup cornstarch, plus more for kneading
½ cup liquid Castile soap
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Mica powder
8-9 drops kid safe essential oil

Directions:

 To make DIY play dough soap, place the cornstarch in a medium sized bowl. Then add the liquid Castile soap the same bowl with the cornstarch.

How to make play dough bath soap by mixing coconut oil, liquid Castile soap and cornstarch

Now melt coconut oil in the microwave for 20 seconds. Pour the melted coconut oil over the cornstarch and soap mixture. Stir the ingredients together until the mixture is thoroughly combined. It will be runny.

If you want to make several colors of soap dough, separate the dough into two or more bowls.

Adding mica to color homemade soap play dough bath soap

Then add mica and essential oils, as desired. You want to use 9-10 total drops of essential oils for the entire batch of soap dough. I made three colors, so I used 3 drops per color. If you make four colors, use two drops per color.

Mixing diy soap play doh with extra cornstarch to give it a play doh like texture

Next, put some cornstarch down on a clean surface. Place the soap dough on the cornstarch and start kneading until it turns into a shapeable dough. You can add more cornstarch as needed. I added about 2 tablespoons for each of the three colors.

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How to Use Play Dough Soap:

To use your soap dough, pinch off a small amount and use like soap. It will fully dissolve and disappear in the water.

Storing Play Dough Bath Soap:

You can store this soap dough recipe in an airtight container to keep it soft. It will stay soft for several days, depending on how much it is exposed to the air.

You can also make shapes with it and let it air dry. It will soften once it gets wet again.

I don’t recommend letting your kids play with this in the tub. If it gets wet for long enough, it will dissolve.

Although this soap recipe is natural, don’t let children who put things in their mouths use this soap unsupervised.

Since this dough will dissolve in water, I recommend setting it on a soap dish if you leave it out beside the sink.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups soap play dough

Play Dough Soap Recipe

Play Dough Soap Recipe

Make hand washing and bath time fun with this DIY play dough soap recipe with kid safe essential oils. A kid-approved, DIY play dough bath soap kids craft project for family fun.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • 1 cup cornstarch, plus more for kneading
  • ½ cup liquid Castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Mica powder
  • 8-9 drops kid safe essential oil

Tools

  • Glass bowls
  • Microwave

Instructions

  1. Place the cornstarch in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Add the liquid Castile soap.
  3. Melt coconut oil in the microwave for 20 seconds. 
  4. Pour over the cornstarch and soap mixture, then stir until combined.
  5. Separate the soap dough into three bowls, one for each color you are making.
  6. Add the mica and essential oils. If you are making three colors, use 3 drops per color.
  7. Place additional cornstarch onto clean surface. Place the soap play dough onto the cornstarch. Knead until it turns into a shapeable dough, adding more cornstarch as needed.
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If you like my DIY soap play dough, then be sure to pin this fun kids activity to Pinterest for later. Or check out these other ideas for kids craft projects for when you’ve hit your limit. You can also discover more ideas for kids crafts on my Kids Crafts & Project Ideas Pinterest board.

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DIY Hand Sanitizer with Alcohol: An Alternative When Hand Washing Isn’t An Option

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This flu season is especially scary. As the Coronapocalypse continues to claim lives and spread throughout the world, it’s more important than ever to take protective measures against this new strain of the flu. The top two ways to do this include handwashing and the use of hand sanitizers when soap and water aren’t available. With hand sanitizer unavailable in many locations due to the outbreak, you can make an effective DIY hand sanitizer at home. Keep reading to learn how to make a simple, 2-ingredient homemade hand sanitizer recipe for use when tested, commercial hand sanitizers are unavailable. 

DIY hand sanitizer gel recipe with alcohol. Learn how to make an effective, 2-ingredient DIY hand sanitizer that contains the minimum recommended 60% alcohol for use as a protective measure against the flu virus. Two ways to make a homemade hand sanitizer recipe using either isopropyl alcohol or 150 proof vodka for natural health and wellness. A holistic approach to fighting cold and flu germs when hand washing isn't an option. Easy natural alternative to commercial hand sanitizers.

With the new virus now a pandemic, people are literally freaking out. Everywhere. And there are three sides to this entire event. At least for those of us living in the United States. They are:

  • The people who believe the reports of the coronavirus are nothing more than fear mongering.
  • Those who have a healthy outlook that most people will be okay, but precautions need to be taken especially if you are in a risk group.
  • And finally, the individuals who believe this is the start of the apocalypse.

There have been a lot of crazy photos and reports on social media. I’ve seen tons of pictures where big box stores and wholesale clubs who are entirely sold out of hand sanitizer, cleaning products and toilet paper. Not that the flu and toilet paper have anything in common necessarily. But there are folks who are literally preparing for the end of days. And while I can see TP being a priority in day to day life, I just never imagined folks would value it like gold when the zombie virus finally takes hold. (Although I’m definitely filing this information for later.)

On the flip side of this, I’ve also seen memes indicating that women ages 30-50 are most likely to carry the virus without symptoms. And therefore, they should quarantine themselves away from men and children, for a period of fourteen days, at their local wineries. With all cell phones confiscated upon arrival. (I mean, why not? We women totally deserve a break from home life.)

In the end, while the Coronapocalypse is indeed a pandemic, it’s not the world’s — or even our nation’s — top killer. That would be cardiovascular disease. And yet, no one is out there panicking about cutting their meat consumption and increasing their intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. No, the coronavirus is apparently a hell of a lot scarier. Perhaps because of its immediacy, and its ability to infect even the healthiest of hosts.

Homemade hand sanitizer recipe with vodka. Learn how to make an effective, 2-ingredient DIY hand sanitizer that contains the minimum recommended 60% alcohol for use as a protective measure against the flu virus. Two ways to make a homemade hand sanitizer recipe using either isopropyl alcohol or 150 proof vodka for natural health and wellness. A holistic approach to fighting cold and flu germs when hand washing isn't an option. Easy natural alternative to commercial hand sanitizers.

Of course, the two week quarantine protocol they’re enacting basically everywhere does cause concern. (But as such, two weeks still does not require 96 rolls of toilet paper!) As does the large percentage of deaths that first began in China. And if you’re at risk, either due to age or health issues, then you definitely want to take precautions to avoid becoming one of the 2% of the infected population dying from this new virus. (The flu, on average, kills .2% of those infected during an average flu season in comparison.)

While hand sanitizer is flying off the shelves, and is no longer available in many locations, it’s not the end all be all to flu prevention. It still remains, and the CDC holds to this, that hand washing is the #1 preventive measure you can take against this new virus. (Learn more here.) Still, if hand washing isn’t an option — and when it is you need to do so for at least 20 seconds — then hand sanitizer can offer some level of germ destroying power until you can get your hands on some soap and water. Therefore you may want to keep it in your bag as backup when you’re traveling or attending a public event. Or, simply avoid traveling and events until this whole thing boils over. (Really, why the hell is anyone flying into Colorado for a ski trip while harboring a deadly virus anyway? Am I right?)

It is also important to note, however, that if your hands are visibly dirty, hand washing is necessary. (That hand sanitizer isn’t going to do squat.) In which case, tossing a bar of soap and few bottles of water into your bag, in lieu of hand sanitizer, is probably an even better idea. But, I get it. Staying home isn’t a realistic option for most of us. Jamming your mom bag full of even more crap? Well, we expect that anyway.

(Read the recommendations for utilizing handwashing and hand sanitizers as protective measures against the virus from the World Health Organization.)

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How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

If you can’t find hand sanitizer right now, or there’s some serious price gouging happening that you refuse to tolerate, then you can make your own DIY hand sanitizer. It is important to note, however, that unless your DIY hand sanitizer is at least 60% alcohol, then it’s not going to be effective. You can make your own DIY hand sanitizer using two types of alcohol. One is isopropyl alcohol, which is also known as rubbing alcohol. The other is ethyl alcohol, also known as ethanol. Ethyl alcohol is the type of alcohol used to make the alcohol we drink, such as  grain alcohol, vodka or everclear. Both isopropyl alcohol and ethyl alcohol come with varying levels of alcohol content. As well, they both have drawbacks.

Isopropyl Alcohol vs. Ethyl Alcohol for Making DIY Hand Sanitizer

Isopropyl alcohol is great for disinfecting surfaces. 70% isopropyl alcohol is recommended when sanitizing surfaces. (Source.) So while you may have the 91%+ in your arsenal for melt and pour soap making — hello, fellow soapers! — opt for the lower percentage when disinfecting and sanitizing surfaces. If you already have it on hand, you can use 70% isopropyl alcohol to make a DIY hand sanitizer as well, but with some caution.

It is extremely important to note that isopropyl alcohol is poisonous when consumed. This is especially the case where children are concerned, as isopropyl alcohol can poison children in even small amounts. As such, it’s not recommended that you use a DIY hand sanitizer with isopropyl alcohol on small children who may lick their hands after the application. (You can learn the symptoms of isopropyl alcohol poisoning here.)

Likewise, ethyl alcohol can also poison children through ingestion. (And, unless, it’s been denatured, is illegal in a number of states.) Small children could potentially become drunk or even develop alcohol poisoning through the ingestion of a DIY hand sanitizer made with ethyl alcohol. (I once came across an ex-physician who would drink a gallon of the old school, ethyl alcohol hand sanitizers when working at the hospital to feed his alcoholism.) Therefore, as the coronavirus seems to spare children from death, unlike adults, you may want be diligent about having young children wash their hands, rather than using a hand sanitizer.

It is also important to note, that any DIY hand sanitizer with a high level of alcohol, can be especially drying to skin. As dry skin is prone to cracking, which allows germs to more readily enter the body, you may want to stock up on moisturizers, and not just hand sanitizer, to prevent dryness.

As safety is a concern where children may have access to hand sanitizers, I chose to use vodka with 75% alcohol content, rather than 70% isopropyl alcohol to make my DIY hand sanitizer. However, you may use either one or the other according to your preference, in my homemade hand sanitizer recipe, found below.

Using Alcohol or Vodka to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Despite Virginia being well known for its moonshine, 190 proof Everclear, which is 95% alcohol, is illegal where I live. Therefore, my homemade hand sanitizer recipe uses 150 proof vodka which contains 75% alcohol. Fortunately, you can readily purchase 150 proof alcohol, providing you’re at least 21 years of age, even if you’re in one of those states where 190 proof alcohol is illegal. This means, however, that you do need to use a larger percentage of vodka in your DIY hand sanitizer in order for it to be effective.

Vodka with a high alcohol content is also important if you’d like to add essential oils to your DIY hand sanitizer. As essential oils don’t mix well with water, low proof alcohol, witch hazel or vinegar, you risk causing irritation, sensitivity and even an allergic reaction if including them in your DIY hand sanitizer. Therefore it’s important to both properly dilute and ensure a solid emulsion when formulating a homemade hand sanitizer, or other skin care formulation, using essential oils. However, there is no evidence that adding essential oils improves the effectiveness of hand sanitizer. 

DIY hand sanitizer gel recipe with alcohol. Learn how to make an effective, 2-ingredient DIY hand sanitizer that contains the minimum recommended 60% alcohol for use as a protective measure against the flu virus. Two ways to make a homemade hand sanitizer recipe using either isopropyl alcohol or 150 proof vodka for natural health and wellness. A holistic approach to fighting cold and flu germs when hand washing isn't an option. Easy natural alternative to commercial hand sanitizers.

DIY Hand Sanitizer with Vodka or Grain Alcohol

You honestly only need two ingredients to make a DIY hand sanitizer. Aloe vera gel and 150 proof vodka or grain alcohol. A formulation calling for two parts 70% alcohol to one part aloe gel was recommended by my local news station, in order to meet the guidelines set for an effective hand sanitizer in that it contains at least 60% alcohol. However, as they didn’t use weights it all gets very confusing. Therefore, I now recommend using a 3 to 1 ratio unless you’re really good at math, and are able to verify the weight of your ingredients, in order to err on the side of caution. (See the addendum below.) If desired, you can also add an essential oil blend as you see fit. You can also substitute the grain alcohol or vodka, if desired with 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Ingredients:

2 oz. aloe vera gel 
6 oz. 150 proof vodka or grain alcohol 

Directions:

Measure out both the aloe vera gel and vodka in fluid ounce. (If you don’t have high proof vodka in your area, you can use Everclear 151.) Combine in a glass bowl.

Then mix the ingredients well, until thoroughly combined. There should be no lumps once the hand sanitizer is evenly mixed throughout.

Once you have a smooth hand gel, spoon your sanitizer into a 6 oz. container (or several smaller containers) of your choice. (I used these containers from SKS Bottle & Packaging.)

Be sure to wash your hands frequently. When soap and water are not available, rub your alcohol based hand sanitizer on hands until dry to help protect against viruses, when a tested, commercial product is unavailable.

DIY hand sanitizer with alcohol and immune boosting essential oils. Make an effective, 2-ingredient DIY hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol for use as a protective measure against the flu virus with two essential oil blends for immune support. Two ways to make a homemade hand sanitizer recipe using either isopropyl alcohol or 150 proof vodka for natural health and wellness when hand washing isn't an option to fight cold and flu viruses when other alternatives aren't available.

Adding Essential Oils to Hand Sanitizer

Essential oils aren’t necessary for an effective DIY hand sanitizer. The key is, as previously stated, ensuring the alcohol content of your homemade hand sanitizer is 60% or more. There is no indication that essentials oil can or will protect you from the coronavirus, or other cold and flu viruses. If you do decide, however, that you’d like to include essential oils in your formulation, you can add one of the following essential oils blends to my homemade hand sanitizer recipe when blending the alcohol with the aloe gel. You should also increase the alcohol in your DIY hand sanitizer by triple the amount of essential oils added.

Immunity Boost Essential Oil Blend:

Thieves Essential Oil Blend:

It’s important to note that both clove and cinnamon essential oils are known skin irritants. Therefore, this blend is used in a lower concentration, and should be used with caution.

Addendum: The correct way to figure the amount of alcohol needed for a DIY hand sanitizer is to use weight measurements. I used volume to simplify this recipe for those without access to a digital scale. Aloe gel by weight is not 2 oz. It’s 1.75 oz. While vodka seems to weigh less than water, around 1.5 oz. per 2 fluid oz.

I have a screenshot of a chart here that explains the math for figuring out the amounts you need to end up with the desired amount of alcohol in your final product. If you are using a product with 99% alcohol say, you can decrease the recipe to 2 parts alcohol to 1 part aloe gel.

For further reading on how alcohol based hand sanitizers are formulated, you can learn more here

Or check out my natural remedy for cold and flu relief for making fire cider vinegar. You can also learn how to make soap. Or buy some! It’s not sold out yet. 

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How to Decorate Easter Eggs Without Dye: Creative Easter Egg Designs

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Learn how to decorate Easter eggs without dye for beautiful eggs without the mess. Explore beautiful, dye-free Easter egg designs you can create for the holiday to decorate your home for spring.

Creative Easter Egg Designs: How to Decorate Easter Eggs Without Dye. Spring Decor Ideas for Easter Home Decor. Learn how to decorate Easter eggs without dye for beautiful eggs without the mess. Explore beautiful, dye-free Easter egg designs you can create for the holiday to decorate your home for spring.

When my son was little, we decorated eggs every year. Every year, I held my breath as he dipped the eggs and pulled them out of the little cups, hoping he didn’t spill the dye all over my table and floor.

While I’m glad we made those memories, I do not miss the cups of egg dye. Now that he’s grown and in college, I still want to decorate for the holiday, but I don’t want to use dye.

How to Decorate Easter Eggs Without Dye: Creative Easter Egg Designs & Ideas for Spring Home Decor. Learn how to decorate Easter eggs without dye for beautiful eggs without the mess. Explore beautiful, dye-free Easter egg designs you can create for the holiday to decorate your home for spring.

How to Decorate Easter Eggs Without Dye

Learning how to decorate Easter eggs without dye isn’t just for adults. Older kids will have just as much fun with these ideas as the adults will.

You can decorate real hard boiled eggs, but I recommend buying white plastic eggs. They will last year after year, so you won’t have to make more each year. If you do have little ones decorating, it will be fun to see how their art skills progress with each passing year.

Keep these eggs away from young children because they won’t be edible if you use paint, glue, glitter, or paper to decorate them with.

Painted Easter egg designs. How to decorate Easter eggs for the holiday using paint. Sponge Painted Easter Egg designs & ideas. Use acrylic paint to paint eggs a solid color. Then use a sponge to add a complementary color on top for some depth and contrast. Metallic or pearlized paints make really pretty eggs.

Decorate Easter Eggs with Painted Easter Egg Designs

Paint is a fun and easy way to decorate Easter eggs. Here are some of my favorite painted Easter egg designs.

Colorful sponge painted Easter eggs designs. Painted Easter egg designs. How to decorate Easter eggs for the holiday using paint. Sponge Painted Easter Egg designs & ideas. Use acrylic paint to paint eggs a solid color. Then use a sponge to add a complementary color on top for some depth and contrast. Metallic or pearlized paints make really pretty eggs.

Sponge Painted Easter Eggs

Use acrylic paint to paint eggs a solid color. Then use a sponge to add a complementary color on top for some depth and contrast. Metallic or pearlized paints make really pretty eggs.

Easter egg designs using paint. How to make Paint Splatter Easter Egg Designs to decorate Easter eggs for the holiday. Put a small amount of acrylic paint on a tray or plate. Dip a toothbrush into the paint. Then hold the paintbrush over the egg at a downward angle with the bristles over the egg. Run the fingers of your other hand over the bristles, pulling them back so they throw paint on the egg. Let dry and repeat on the other side of the egg. You can mix two or more colors for a fun design.

Paint Splatter Easter Egg Designs

Paint splatter eggs are very easy to make, but they are a mess. Make sure you cover the area with newspaper to catch the overspray.

Put a small amount of acrylic paint on a tray or plate. Dip a toothbrush into the paint. Then hold the paintbrush over the egg at a downward angle with the bristles over the egg. Run the fingers of your other hand over the bristles, pulling them back so they throw paint on the egg.

Let dry and repeat on the other side of the egg. You can mix two or more colors for a fun design.

How to make galaxy Easter eggs. Ways to decorate Easter eggs using paint. Fun Easter egg designs to try for the holiday. Make DIY Galaxy Easter Eggs using paints instead of Easter egg dye. Paint your egg with acrylic paint. Use black for the background, then spong on blue and purple. Finally, splatter on white to make starts.

Galaxy Easter Eggs

Paint your egg with acrylic paint. Use black for the background, then spong on blue and purple. Finally, splatter on white to make starts.

Creative Easter egg designs for decorating Easter eggs without dye. Use paint to make easy DIY Polka Dot Eggs for Easter baskets. Use a marker or paint to add polka dots all over the eggs. To make different sized dots with paint, dip the handle end of a paint brush into the paint and use that to dab a dot of paint on the egg.

Polka Dot Eggs

This is another easy way to decorate Easter eggs without dye. Use a marker or paint to add polka dots all over the eggs. To make different sized dots with paint, dip the handle end of a paint brush into the paint and use that to dab a dot of paint on the egg.

Graphic Easter egg designs for decorating Easter eggs without dye. Get creative this spring with these easy DIY ideas for hand painted Easter eggs for the holiday. If you’ve got a steady hand and some artistic ability, use markers or acrylic paint to make designs on your eggs. You can make simple flowers, stripes, or polka dots. Be creative!

Graphic Easter Egg Designs

If you’ve got a steady hand and some artistic ability, use markers or acrylic paint to make designs on your eggs.

Graphic Easter egg designs for decorating Easter eggs without dye. Get creative this spring with these easy DIY ideas for hand painted Easter eggs for the holiday. If you’ve got a steady hand and some artistic ability, use markers or acrylic paint to make designs on your eggs. You can make simple flowers, stripes, or polka dots. Be creative!

You can make simple flowers, stripes, or polka dots. Be creative!

Easter Egg Design Ideas with Alternative Mediums when you want to decorate Easter eggs without using dye. You don't have to paint your eggs to create fun Easter eggs designs. You can use any number of various mediums to add a decorative design to your eggs for spring. Things like temporary tattoos, ribbons, gold leaf, glitter and even paper are the perfect craft supplies for creating fun and unique Easter egg designs.

Easter Egg Design Ideas with Alternative Mediums (Other Than Paint)

You don’t have to paint your eggs to create fun Easter eggs designs. You can use any number of various mediums to add a decorative design to your eggs for spring. Things like temporary tattoos, ribbons, gold leaf, glitter and even paper napkins are the perfect craft supplies for creating fun and unique Easter egg designs.

Decorate Easter Eggs with Stickers, Decals or Temporary Tattoos

For a very simple way to decorate Easter eggs without dye, just use stickers. (I love these fun glasses and mustache stickers!) These are simple yet they look adorable sitting on a table. Set these on top of an egg cup to make a cute centerpiece for your table.

Decorate for spring with DIY ribbon Easter eggs for fun Easter decor. To create ribbon eggs, tie ribbon around the eggs and add a bow on the top. Set these simple yet cute eggs in a dish to make a centerpiece for the table or on a dish on a coffee table. You can easily match the decor in your room by changing the ribbon color.

Ribbon Eggs

To decorate Easter eggs with ribbons, tie ribbon around the eggs and add a bow on the top. Set these simple yet cute eggs in a dish to make a centerpiece for the table or on a dish on a coffee table. You can easily match the decor in your room by changing the ribbon color.

If you want to dress it up a little bit, cut some burlap or fabric to wrap around the egg. Then tie a ribbon on top.

Marbled Easter Eggs DIY. Fun Easter crafts for spring. Have you seen marbled nails? You can do the same thing to decorate Easter eggs. Fill a disposable cup with water and let it sit until it’s room temperature. Then drop nail polish on top of the water to create a film of polish on top. Use a toothpick to swirl the colors if you want. Hold the ends of the eggs with two fingers then dunk the eggs into the cup. Let it sit for a few seconds then pull back out. Set the egg in an egg carton to dry.

Marbled Eggs

Have you seen marbled nails? You can do the same thing to decorate Easter eggs. Fill a disposable cup with water and let it sit until it’s room temperature. Then drop nail polish on top of the water to create a film of polish on top. Use a toothpick to swirl the colors if you want.

Hold the ends of the eggs with two fingers then dunk the eggs into the cup. Let it sit for a few seconds then pull back out. Set the egg in an egg carton to dry.

Decoupage Easter Eggs for spring. Create unique Easter egg designs by decoupaging a napkin onto an egg. You can use the entire napkin or cut out a design and just glue that on the egg. You can also use paper or fabric, but it won’t lay as flat as the napkin will. Paint a thin layer of white glue or Mod Podge on the egg. Press the napkin, paper, or fabric down on the egg and use your fingers to smooth it down. Then seal with another layer of glue or Mod Podge on top.

Decoupage Eggs

If you don’t have a steady hand or don’t want to paint, try decoupaging a napkin onto the egg. You can use the entire napkin or cut out a design and just glue that on the egg. You can also use paper or fabric, but it won’t lay as flat as the napkin will.

Decoupage Easter Eggs for spring. Create unique Easter egg designs by decoupaging a napkin onto an egg. You can use the entire napkin or cut out a design and just glue that on the egg. You can also use paper or fabric, but it won’t lay as flat as the napkin will. Paint a thin layer of white glue or Mod Podge on the egg. Press the napkin, paper, or fabric down on the egg and use your fingers to smooth it down. Then seal with another layer of glue or Mod Podge on top.

Paint a thin layer of white glue or Mod Podge on the egg. Press the napkin, paper, or fabric down on the egg and use your fingers to smooth it down. Then seal with another layer of glue or Mod Podge on top.

DIY Gold Leaf Easter Eggs. For an elegant Easter decor look for Spring, use gold leaf sheets to decorate Easter eggs. You can cover the entire egg or cut or tear small pieces to attach to the egg as shown in the photo. Cut the gold leaf sheet to size. Then run your fingers through your hair to get some static on your hands. Static helps keep the gold leaf on the egg so it doesn’t shift. Then use a cotton ball to smooth the foil and remove air bubbles.

Gold Leaf Easter Eggs

For a more elegant look, use gold leaf sheets to decorate Easter eggs. You can cover the entire egg or cut or tear small pieces to attach to the egg as shown in the photo.

Cut the gold leaf sheet to size. Then run your fingers through your hair to get some static on your hands. Static helps keep the gold leaf on the egg so it doesn’t shift. Then use a cotton ball to smooth the foil and remove air bubbles.

DIY Glitter Easter Eggs. Glitter Easter eggs are messy, but they are really pretty. Spread white glue or Mod Podge over half of the egg. Sprinkle glitter on top and gently tap off excess glitter. Let dry and repeat on the other half of the egg. You can seal them with another layer of Mod Podge or glue to help contain the glitter. If you don’t want them completely covered in glitter, you can use glitter Mod Podge on the egg.

Glitter Eggs

Glitter Easter eggs are messy, but they are really pretty. To decorate Easter eggs with glitter, spread white glue or Mod Podge over half of the egg. Sprinkle glitter on top and gently tap off excess glitter. Let dry and repeat on the other half of the egg.

You can seal them with another layer of Mod Podge or glue to help contain the glitter. If you don’t want them completely covered in glitter, you can use glitter Mod Podge on the egg.

Creative Easter Egg Designs: How to Decorate Easter Eggs Without Dye. Spring Decor Ideas for Easter Home Decor. Learn how to decorate Easter eggs without dye for beautiful eggs without the mess. Explore beautiful, dye-free Easter egg designs you can create for the holiday to decorate your home for spring.

I hope you found some inspiration here to decorate Easter eggs without dye for your home spring decor! If these Easter egg designs aren’t quite what you had in mind, give one of these Easter crafts a try instead.

Alternately, should you decide you’d like to dye your Easter eggs, consider using a natural, plant-based Easter egg dye. You can learn how to dye Easter eggs naturally here.

This fizzy Easter egg bath bomb DIY adds a bit of fun to bathtime. The finished fizzing DIY Easter egg bath bombs fizz and bubble and sparkle AND nourish with cocoa butter, babassu oil and yogurt powder! And, clean up is so easy! There's NO staining!

Also be sure to check out these fun DIY ideas for Easter basket fillers. Or make something fun for Easter like my Easter egg bath bombs, these painted Easter egg soaps from Everything Pretty, or my moldable chick and bunny Easter sugar scrubs.

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DIY Reed Diffuser with Essential Oils for Natural, Non-Toxic Home Fragrances

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Wondering, how do I make DIY reed diffusers? It’s actually easier than you might think! Learn how to make a DIY reed diffuser with essential oils to naturally scent your home with your favorite, non-toxic fragrance. You can use any essential oil or essential oil blend of your choice with your homemade reed diffuser. It’s so easy!

DIY reed diffuser with essential oils. Learn how to make a DIY reed diffuser with essential oils to naturally scent your home with your favorite, non-toxic fragrance. You can use any essential oil or essential oil blend of your choice with your homemade reed diffuser. Or try one of 6 DIY reed diffuser essential oil recipes to lighten and brighten your mood. Plus learn how to make reed diffuser refills with essential oils. Get started making reed diffusers for your healthy home today!

Simply Earth offers so many great essential oil recipes for health, home and beauty. This month, Simply Earth has made it incredibly easy to use essential oils to create natural home fragrances. Their March essential oil recipe box contains the know how you need to make your own DIY reed diffuser along with the information needed for making reed diffuser essential oil refills.

There are even lava stone beads for making an essential oil lava rock diffuser bracelet or to use in decorative bowl or dish! I’m so excited to share what’s inside this month’s box with you. Plus, I’ll also give you the full instructions for making your own DIY reed diffuser and the recipe for making reed diffuser oil refills using essential oils, vodka and water.

Inside the Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box

What’s Inside the March Simply Earth Box

This month’s Simply Earth essential oil recipe box is all about mood and emotions! It’s filled with a number of essential oil diffuser blend recipes. Plus there are materials for making a lava rock diffuser, reeds for making a DIY reed diffuser, a persevere roll on (rollerball bottles are included in the bonus box) and an aromatherapy inhaler for grief relief. There are also four essential oils included in the box. They are:

The really exciting thing about this box is that, if it’s your first time ordering, you’ll score a big bonus box of ingredients and supplies you can use with future boxes. It’s a $40 value so it’s pretty sweet. You also get a $40 coupon off absolutely anything you want from Simply Earth to use on your next purchase. Just use coupon code: SOAPDELIFREE when you order, so you score all the freebies. 

DIY lava rock diffuser for lava stone jewelry or as a home diffuser in a decorative dish. Get started using essential oils today with the essential oils and essential oil recipes from Simply Earth.

If you love this month’s, just be sure to order it ASAP. Their monthly essential oil recipe boxes usually sell out by mid-month. Otherwise, if you miss out on the current month’s box, they’ll send you their super cool essential oil starter box in its place. That way you don’t have to wait for the next month to roll around before receiving your first box. Buy it now.

Ready to get crafty? Let’s get started making reed diffusers with essential oils!

DIY reed diffuser with essential oils. Learn how to make a DIY reed diffuser with essential oils to naturally scent your home with your favorite, non-toxic fragrance. You can use any essential oil or essential oil blend of your choice with your homemade reed diffuser. Or try one of 6 DIY reed diffuser essential oil recipes to lighten and brighten your mood. Plus learn how to make reed diffuser refills with essential oils. Get started making reed diffusers for your healthy home today!

Making Reed Diffusers with Essential Oils

Making DIY reed diffusers for essential oils to use at home is really simple. I used an upcycled, amber fragrance oil bottle from my DIY wax melts for this project. I then added a sticker I printed from clipart I had previously purchased.

However, you can use any glass container of your choice — and decorate your reed diffuser bottle or not. You just need to be sure it fits the size reeds you are using. I’m a huge fan of these amber glass, apothecary reed diffuser bottles. A nostalgic throwback to Victorian era chemist’s shops, they’re perfect if you’re looking for something to compliment your home decor.

Making reed diffusers with essential oils to naturally scent your home is fun and easy. Who can resist a non-toxic home fragrance? Learn how to make a DIY reed diffuser with essential oils in 5-minutes or less using your favorite essential oil blend or one of six essential oil diffuser blend recipes from the aromatherapist at Simply Earth. Plus how to make reed diffuser refills with essential oils to save money on store bought, chemical filled reed diffuser refills. An easy homemaking hack.

Now let’s get started and make your home smell amazing! Here’s how to make your own easy, DIY reed diffuser with essential oils to add a natural fragrance to your home. Plus discover essential oil reed diffuser recipes from recipe formulator and certified aromatherapist, Katie, of Simply Earth. You can use these essential oil diffuser blend recipes in your DIY reed diffuser. Or simply add a few drops to your essential oil diffuser for a natural scent in your home.

All of these essential oil reed diffuser recipes include the essential oils from the March Simply Earth essential oil recipe box. However, you don’t have to subscribe if it’s not yet in the cards for you. All of the essential oils from Simply Earth can be purchased individually

DIY reed diffuser with essential oils. Learn how to make a DIY reed diffuser with essential oils to naturally scent your home with your favorite, non-toxic fragrance. You can use any essential oil or essential oil blend of your choice with your homemade reed diffuser. Or try one of 6 DIY reed diffuser essential oil recipes to lighten and brighten your mood. Plus learn how to make reed diffuser refills with essential oils. Get started making reed diffusers for your healthy home today!

DIY Reed Diffuser with Essential Oils

Materials for Your DIY Reed Diffuser:

Ingredients for the Reed Diffuser Refill:

  • 2 Tablespoons vodka
  • 2 Tablespoons distilled water
  • 25 drops essential oil or essential oil blend (see recipes below)

Essential Oil Reed Diffuser Recipes:

Whimsey Diffuser Essential Oil Blend:

  • 15 drops Orange essential oil
  • 10 drops Patchouli essential oil

Joy Diffuser Essential Oil Blend:

  • 5 drops Energy blend essential oil
  • 5 drops Cypress essential oil
  • 5 drops Patchouli essential oil
  • 10 drops Orange essential oil

Creative Zone Essential Oil Blend:

  • 5 drops Cypress essential oil
  • 15 drops Orange essential oil
  • 10 drops Energy essential oil blend

Anxiety Relief Essential Oil Blend:

  • 18 drops Orange essential oil
  • 8 drops Energy essential oil blend

Persevere Essential Oil Blend:

  • 12 drops Energy essential oil blend
  • 12 drops Cypress essential oil

It’s Okay to Grieve Essential Oil Blend:

  • 10 drops Cypress essential oil
  • 10 drops Orange essential oil
  • 5 drops Patchouli essential oil

Making reed diffusers with essential oils to naturally scent your home is fun and easy. Who can resist a non-toxic home fragrance? Learn how to make a DIY reed diffuser with essential oils in 5-minutes or less using your favorite essential oil blend or one of six essential oil diffuser blend recipes from the aromatherapist at Simply Earth. Plus how to make reed diffuser refills with essential oils to save money on store bought, chemical filled reed diffuser refills. An easy homemaking hack.

Directions for Making Reed Diffusers with Essential Oils:

To make your DIY reed diffuser, add the vodka along with 25 drops of the essential oil reed diffuser blend of your choice to a glass bottle or jar.

Swirl the ingredients for your reed diffuser refill for at least 30 seconds to mix.

Once combined, add the water to the jar.

How to Use Your DIY Reed Diffuser:

Allow the reeds to soak in the container for two hours, then flip the reeds to the opposite end of the bottle.

Now place the DIY reed diffuser in a small space, such as your office or bathroom. Anywhere you want a fresh scent!

Flip the reeds every few days or so to reinvigorate the scent.

After two weeks, replace the mixture with a fresh reed diffuser refill.

Making reed diffusers with essential oils to naturally scent your home is fun and easy. Who can resist a non-toxic home fragrance? Learn how to make a DIY reed diffuser with essential oils in 5-minutes or less using your favorite essential oil blend or one of six essential oil diffuser blend recipes from the aromatherapist at Simply Earth. Plus how to make reed diffuser refills with essential oils to save money on store bought, chemical filled reed diffuser refills. An easy homemaking hack.

Discover More from Simply Earth

Interested to learn more about Simply Earth essential oils and their amazing essential oil recipe box? You can check out reviews and essential oil recipes for home, health and beauty from past boxes via my archives here.

Or simply sign up for the Simply Earth essential oil recipe box now! You’ll save big while growing your collection of quality essential oils. And, you’ll feel great about knowing that Simply Earth donates 13% to organizations that right to end human trafficking. Don’t forget to use coupon code: SOAPDELIFREE to score your free bonus box and $40 off coupon.

Easy DIY wax melts recipe to scent your home this spring. Learn how to craft DIY wax melts without soy wax in just 30-minutes or less. Plus discover more DIY ideas for scenting your home with your favorite designer fragrance oils or essential oil blends. These easy DIY wax melts are are made without soy wax and is the perfect DIY craft project idea for soap makers. You'll love the fresh scent of ruby cassis, ripe pineapple, sweet rose blossoms and dewy fresh air in this fragrance!

More Ideas for Naturally Scenting Your Home with Essential Oils

If you loved making reed diffusers with essential oils to naturally scent your home or office, then be sure to try these ideas for naturally scenting your home with essential oils.

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