How To Mix Essential Oils With Water For Diffusers

Jane Pak


We all know how difficult it is to overcome the natural scent of our living spaces. Only when you leave for a long period of time and return can you smell what your living space is actually like.

With essential oil diffusers, you can be sure to always take care and arrange the scent of your living space. Essential oil diffusers offer a great way to customize the roomโ€™s fragrance for any occasion, always leaving the door open for change. However, this brings the added difficulty: how exactly do you mix essential oils for diffusers?

What kind of diffuser?

Before you begin mixing, you should know what kind of diffuser you are using, as this will determine what kind of mixture works best.

While there are passive diffusers (reeds, wax, porous lava rock) and nebulizers, the most common is an ultrasonic diffuser. These diffusers require a mixture of water and will create a fine mist that also acts as a humidifier. Because these are the most common, we will be using this as our assumed diffuser for the rest of this article.

How to create a mixture

  1. Choose your essential oils: There are numerous articles out there, describing recipes, blends, and interactions between essential oils that are well worth a read, but ultimately, it is up to you to determine which scents you like best and which oils have the desired effects. To all pet lovers, you should take special care when choosing your essential oils, as there can be certain negative effects on animals, such as cats. Luckily, there are several pet-friendly options out there.
  2. Carefully prepare your mixture: While ultrasonic diffusers require more essential oil than nebulizers, you can easily do too much. Generally, it is recommended that you use 3-5 drops per 100ml of your diffuserโ€™s capacity. Additionally, it is best to measure out the drops of essential oils with an oil pipette dropper, as this will allow you to easily repeat recipes you like. We stock both 5ml & 10ml Oil Dispensing Glass Pipette Droppers in our Soul Senses store.
  3. Add water: Most diffusers will come with their own instructions on how much water is necessary, but there is still some choice on what kind of water you want. Tap water can provide natural minerals that can benefit the mixture but while also risking build-up these minerals in the diffuser, requiring frequent cleaning.
  4. Begin diffusing! Remember to check your diffuser throughout the day, as it may require more water or cleaning.

Now you are on your way to taking back control of your roomโ€™s fragrance!

Be sure to check out some of our other articles on the must-knows of essential oils here!