How to Make Oil Lamp Fuel

Make oil lamp fuel at home using alcohol and water.
Make oil lamp fuel at home using alcohol and water. (Image: oil lamp image by Pierrette Guertin from

Oil lamp fuel is made from isopropyl alcohol and distilled water. Essential oil may be added to give the lamp oil a pleasant aroma. The isopropyl alcohol is available in most stores that carry rubbing alcohol. The isopropyl alcohol has an alcohol content of 91 or 99 percent. Rubbing alcohol does not work well to make oil lamp fuel. Mark the container the mixture is stored in, so it does not get confused with rubbing alcohol.

Things You'll Need

  • 16 oz. bottle isopropyl alcohol, 91 or 99 percent alcohol
  • Distilled water
  • Essential oil (optional)
  • Mixing container
  • Storage container
  • Measuring spoons

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Pour 1 tsp. of distilled water into the bottle of isopropyl alcohol.

Pour 1/2 tsp. of essential oil into the bottle of isopropyl alcohol.

Replace the lid on the bottle. Shake vigorously to mix the contents.

Label the bottle. The homemade oil lamp fuel is ready to use.

Tips & Warnings

  • An alternative to the isopropyl alcohol mix is using straight olive oil or coconut oil. Olive oil or coconut oil burns clean and does not have a smell. No additives are necessary.


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