This is my second Pinterest fail! I have tried 4 times to use essential oils to refill my Air Wick plug ins. According to guides I found on Pinterest, you use a metal butter knife to CAREFULLY remove the rubber top that connects the wick to the jar. You have to do it carefully, as you don’t want to injure yourself or the wick. It took a little practice, but once you pop them off a time or two, you get the hang of it. That was not the problem…
The problem was once you refill it–which consists of adding anywhere from a few drops to about a quarter of the jar full of essential oil and filling the rest with lukewarm water (not sure if the temp matters or not). Then you close the stopper, make sure it’s completely dry and plug it in.
EVERY SINGLE TIME I tried, the wick expanded, causing the air wick to empty within days and even be a tad burnt. See how the wick takes up almost half of the jar? Well it’s supposed to just be a skinny tube. It seems to be wrapped in something like parchment paper. I have tried with varying amounts of water and oil, but the end result is always the same. This technique is supposed to work with any scented oil diffuser with a rubber stopper and wick (ie Air Wick, Glade, etc). I have only tried this on Air Wicks.
Have you tried this? What is your experience?
Check out my other Pinterest experiment, the baked “hard boiled” eggs.