Reed diffusers are an easy way to add natural scent to a room without burning candles or spraying artificial fragrances. But buying new diffusers -- the vial of oil, the container and reeds, in addition to all the packaging -- can be wasteful and expensive. Use this hack instead: Purchase a bottle of refill oil and use an old glass jar or small vase as the container. Then raid your junk drawer for Chinese food takeout chopsticks. They are made from bamboo and are porous enough to soak up the oil and gently dissipate the fragrance into the air.
ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION