One feel of the crisp autumn air in the morning and I am ready for all things fall; pumpkin spice lattes, wrap sweaters and all of the yummy scents of the season. From cinnamon sticks and gingerbread to vanilla and pumpkin pie the smells of fall are perfect to make your home feel cozy and warm. The only problem is that synthetic fragrances are toxic – not something you want to fill your home with. Instead, you will want to try these natural ways to make your home smell like fall.
Natural Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall
I know this is going to come as a surprise to many of you, but those popular products you use to make your house smell good are actually toxic chemicals.
It’s true, and here are the most common culprits:
- room sprays
- plug-in style air fresheners
Bummer right? These are all the things we use to make our homes smell yummy and fresh in the fall.
Unfortunately almost any product that includes “fragrance” is probably not good for you.
In fact, most ingredients listed as “fragrance” are actually endocrine disruptors that have been linked to everything from asthma and diabetes to Parkinsons.
You definitely don’t want to be filling your home with chemicals, especially if you have young children.
So, How Can I Make my House Smell Like Fall?
The good news is that once you know better you can do better.
The simple household swap you need to make is natural fragrance in place of synthetic fragrance.
All those yummy aromas of autumn can easily be recreated with simple ingredients that you can find in your grocery store.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Fall Ingredients for Simmer Pots
Simmer pots are a natural way to add delicious smells and humidify dry air at the same time.
Just like it sounds, it’s a small pot of heated (simmering) water to which you add fragrant ingredients like extracts, oils, herbs and peels.
Growing up, our home did not have central heat and our only warmth in the winter came from our wood burning stove. My mom always kept a cast iron pot on the stove filled with water to which she would add kitchen scraps and spices to make the house smell delicious.
In my own home, I simply use my Le Creuset mini cocettes to warm the ingredients on the stove.
Fall Simmer Pot Recipes (add ingredients to 4 cups of water)
- 1 lemon peel, 1 orange peel, 3 cinnamon sticks, 2 tablespoons cloves
- 3 apple slices, 3 orange slices, 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 sliced apple apple, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 cinnamon sticks
You can also double the amount of each recipe and place the ingredients in your crockpot on low.
Phthalate Free Fall Scented Candles
It was shocking to me when I learned that candles can make the air in our homes toxic.
When choosing candles you have to be careful about everything including lead in the wick, petroleum based paraffin and chemically created fragrances.
After quite a bit of searching I was able to find two brands of candles that are phthalate free and soy based.
Natural Soy Wax Candles for Fall from Sweet Water Decor
LOVE NATURE NYC 3 Candle Tin Gift Set
Cinnamon Scented Pinecones
These scented pinecones are perfect for fall decor and are made with my favorite brand of essential oils.
Fall Essential Oil Blends for your Diffuser
Because essential oils obtain their pleasant aroma directly from plants and herbs, they do not contain synthetic fragrance. This means they are safe to use to make your home smell delicious.
Here are a few blends for you to try in your home:
- 5 drops cinnamon, 1 drop clove, 1 drop nutmeg
- 3 drops cassia, 3 drops clove, 3 drops ginger
Fresh Fall Home
- 2 drops lemon, 4 drops wild orange, 3 drops cinnamon, 3 drops clove
Fall Scented Carpet Refresher
This makes for a great Thanksgiving hostess gift as well.
- 1/2 cup Borax
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves and cinnamon (or 30 drops of essential oils)
Cozy Up Your Home with the Fragrances of Fall
There you have it mama! Non-toxic fall fragrance ideas that are safe for your home and family.