7 DIY Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

These natural fragrances using ingredients from around the house will warm up your home with cozy autumn scents like pumpkin, cinnamon, and apple.

As temperatures begin to drop, stores are gearing up for autumn with their seasonal scented collections. Unfortunately, the artificial scents of candles and store-bought air fresheners can trigger asthma and headaches for some. But don’t worry—you can still enjoy classic fall scents like pumpkin spice and warm cinnamon with the help of essential oils, real fruits, and whole spices. Mix up one of these DIY air fresheners for fall and fill your home with a cozy aroma in no time.

Pumpkin-Spice Room Spray

Ah, yes. It wouldn’t be fall without its most ubiquitous flavor: pumpkin spice. Skip the latte and opt for a fragrant air freshener instead. This pumpkin-spice fall air freshener is made with a blend of cinnamon, clove, ginger, orange, and cardamom oils mixed with water.

Fall Simmer Pot

For a simple scented blend that you can reuse, try stovetop potpourri. This one has apples, oranges, and cinnamon sticks, but you can also add other spices like cloves, vanilla extract, or star anise. If you’d rather eat the fruits, using strips of the peels works just as well as whole cut slices. Bring ingredients to a boil in a pot or slow cooker, then simmer or set to low. You may need to add extra water periodically as it evaporates. Potpourri makes an easy holiday present, too—just combine the ingredients in an airtight jar with water and refrigerate until you’re ready to gift.

DIY Reed Diffuser

Reed diffusers are stylish and smell nice, but the store-bought versions are pricey. Instead, make your own with any small glass bottle and the essential oil combination of your choice. This blogger went with a citrusy blend, but you could opt for any number of soothing scents.

Cinnamon-Scented Pinecones

Pinecones are a hallmark of seasonal decor, but there’s no need to buy them if you’re lucky enough to have evergreens in your area. Bake pinecones in the oven to clean and dry them out before infusing them with cinnamon—this blogger offers two ways to do it. When you’re done, display them in a bowl or glass vase, or string them on a garland across your mantel for a warm, subtle scent.

Autumn-Scented Linen Spray

Use a fall-friendly DIY linen spray to freshen up folded towels and bedding. Just mix 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup inexpensive vodka (yes, vodka!) in a clean spray bottle and swirl with essential oils. Choose 3-4 oils and add 10 drops of each. Have fun experimenting with different combinations to find your favorite! Here are some ideas:

  • Clove
  • Sweet orange (or wild orange)
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon bark
  • Cedarwood
  • Ginger
  • Sandalwood
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon
  • Fir
  • Bergamot

Fall Diffuser Recipes

If you own an aromatherapy diffuser, a fall-themed recipe is a must. We’re loving these blogger blends that incorporate classic autumnal scents. They’ll fill your home with the relaxing smells of the season for hours on end, no candles required.

  • Pumpkin Pie: Cinnamon + Clove + Nutmeg
  • Chai Tea: Cassia + Clove + Ginger
  • Fall Forest: Cypress + White Fir + Sandalwood
  • Apple Cider: Wild Orange + Cinnamon + Ginger

Homemade Fall Wax Melts

Make a batch of spicy fall wax melts for your warmer without unknown chemicals. These easy melts are made with coconut oil, beeswax, and spices from your pantry poured into an ice cube tray—you don’t even need to have essential oils on hand. We think these would look adorable poured into a leaf-shape mold!