So many of you know I recently remodeled my cosplay storage closet.
Since my closet smelled like butt before I got started on the remodel (no, really… it want rank), once all my touch ups were done and I had fully painted, aired out, and sanitized the small closet, I was feeling pretty hardcore about KEEPING it fresh smelling.
So I decided a 24/7 smell pretty element would be a good start. Without thinking, I ran out to buy this cheapo *linen scented* storage deodorizer thingy from Walmart – the kind you pop up and stick in the corner of a room – and thought my foul smelling closet days were over.
WRONG!!! Even though my closet was pristine clean and smelling fresh, there was SOMETHING about this *linen* scented chemically based deodorizer that smelled like a cheap disinfectant mixed with a motel room that has lingering cigarette smoke. I am not even joking. My husband thinks I am crazy, but that is exactly what it smelled like to me. Like a smoking room in a cheap motel that got waaaaay too much heavy duty cleaning spray. I would get revolted just walking into the office where the cosplay closet is.
This cheap $2 pop up deodorizer made my sparkling clean closet smell old and gross and unclean. NOT COOL.
So I decided it was time to buy a reed essential oil diffuser and keep things fresh, natural, and quality, like I should have from the very beginning. Except, those things cost like $20-30 for good quality ones and, well, I am cheap.
So I thought, hmmm. I have a horde of essential oils in my little home apothecary. I have tons of tiny bottles. All I am missing are the diffuser reeds. Now, I read that bamboo kitchen skewers actually do a pretty decent job, but a quick glance at amazon.com shows, that lo and behold, the short porous oil wicking reeds only cost like $5 for 100 reeds on Amazon Prime!
So a quick Amazon Prime impulse purchase later, and my closet now smells fresh and fantastic. Check it out!
You Will Need:
- A glass container with a narrow opening
- 4-5 reed diffuser sticks (these are the ones I bought)
- 1/4 cup carrier water
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
- 20-30 drops of essential oil
Mix the alcohol and oils together in the glass container.
Place the diffuser sticks in the container. It will take a while for the oil to travel up the sticks, buy you can speed up the process by flipping the sticks after several hours.
Continue to flip the sticks every few days to refresh the scent.
The Carrier: Oil or Alcohol and Water?
Now, when I researched this little DIY project I noticed that some recipes were using oil as a base and some were using water and alcohol. The main difference between the two is that using a carrier oil base means that the mixture will last longer without you having to replace the mixture frequently. However, the scent will not be as strong, and if it spills (especially is a closet!) oil messes can be hard to clean, if not downright disastrous on fabric.
A water and alcohol base makes for a stronger smelling diffuser and an easy clean up in cases of spills. The mixture will evaporate faster than the oil, but even half a cup of a heavier alcohol mix will stick around for about a month or so. (Note that if you use alcohol for the mixture, the alcohol smell fades fast, and you will only get the lovely essential oil scent!)
But whichever you ending up using – oil or water and alcohol – just make sure you use a bottle with a small opening. This keeps the liquid from evaporating away too quickly. If you don’t have any lying around, you can always check thrift stores or the dollar store!
For my cosplay closet I use cedarwood essential oil with lemongrass oil since I think it lends a wonderful CLEAN storage smell to my closet. For my office I use a lavender and orange mixture since it is relaxing, yet invigorating. Really, the sky is the limit with the options you have for your scents. (This is why people get straight up ADDICTED to essential oils!!)