Why Can’t I Smell My Diffuser Anymore? 3 Easy Fixes

Reed diffuser on bench next to plants

If you’re worried that you can’t smell your reed diffuser, but don’t know why, this article will help you to understand a number of reasons why you might not be able to smell your reed diffuser, and how you can fix it. Keep reading to learn more.

Why can’t I smell my reed diffuser?

There are a number of reasons why you might not be able to smell your diffuser. It could be as simple as going noseblind to your chosen scent, the essential oils running out, or saturated reeds.

3 easy fixes to make your reed diffuser smell stronger

Flip the reeds regularly

It might make your reed diffuser run out quicker, but flipping the reeds regularly encourages the fragrance to be released, therefore making it smell stronger. We recommend flipping the reeds weekly to make the most of the scent.

Change the scent

Not being able to smell your diffuser could be as simple as you being noseblind. After a while you can get used to the same scent over and over again, and you may stop smelling it. But, there’s an easy fix for this. Simply use a different scent next time you purchase a diffuser or refill, and see if it makes a difference.

Replace the reeds

If you still have a lot of oil left and you flip the reeds regularly but can’t smell it, the reeds may have become too saturated or clogged with dust. In this situation, simply replace the reeds and continue using it as normal.

How long does the scent last in a reed diffuser?

A 100ml reed diffuser will usually last for around 3-4 months. However, they can last longer, or run out quicker, depending on how you care for it. Here’s a few tips:

  • Don’t flip the reeds more than weekly – this makes it run out quicker
  • Don’t place reed diffusers in direct sunlight, or near a heat source as the oil will evaporate
  • Get more out of the fragrance without using it up quicker by placing the diffuser in a high-traffic area of your home – body movement will spread the scent for you

How many reeds should be used in a reed diffuser?

It is recommended to use between 5-10 reeds for a 100ml diffuser.  The more reeds you use, the stronger the scent will be, but the oil will also run out quicker this way. If you can’t smell your diffuser any more, try adding an extra stick or two and see if that helps.

How long does it take to start smelling a new reed diffuser?

If your reed diffuser is new, and you’re worried that you can’t yet smell it, know that it can take up to 24 hours before you begin detecting the scent. The reeds need time to soak up the oil and to begin releasing the fragrance into the air.

Can I reuse a reed diffuser?

Another reason why you can’t smell your reed diffuser could be related to reuse of existing products. Whilst refills can be purchased, it’s best not to use a different essential oil in your old diffuser as you won’t receive the pure scent of the new fragrance. Similarly, you shouldn’t reuse the reeds in your diffuser in a new fragrance as not only can the scents clash, but your old reeds could be saturated and not release the fragrance as well.

British made reed diffusers at Buy Britain

Buy Britain offers a range of high-quality British made reed diffusers, candles, and essential oil mists to keep your home smelling fresh. Take a look at our range of reed diffusers and home fragrances.

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