How to Make Your House Smell Like Fall Without the Toxic Chemicals

I can say with 98% confidence that Fall is my favorite season–carving pumpkins and turkey, baking enough treats to open a bakery, dressing up in homemade costumes–I love it all!


But the thing that makes me feel the most warm and fuzzy is the smell. I love the smells associated with Fall! Just the other day, walking into the grocery store, my olfactory receptors were greeted with the rejuvenating aromas of cinnamon and ginger. Every cell in my body gave itself a little hug and warmed me from the inside out.


Do I sound ridiculous? Probably, and I’m okay with that. But you know exactly what I’m talking about. And it gives you the feels. If it doesn’t, then you’re probably more of a Summer-person, and I totally understand.


Apart from the obvious ways of making your house smell like Fall–actually baking something, using a plug-in air freshener (which can be toxic…but that’s a topic for another article), or burning a candle–you can get the same smells with natural, organic ways you can feel confident using around you and your family.


Something as simple as simmering your chosen ingredients in water in a saucepan or slow cooker will produce the desired smell you want. Here are a few variations you can start with!

  • Orange rinds, apple peels, whole cloves, and cinnamon sticks
  • Cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and bay leaves
  • Orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and ginger root
  • Lemon and orange peels, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves
  • Apple cider, pumpkin spice seasoning, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, whole cloves, and vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon sticks, almond extract, ginger, and whole cloves
  • Pumpkin spice seasoning, nutmeg, vanilla extract, apple cider, whole cloves


This is a great opportunity to recycle your citrus peels if you aren’t already composting them!



  1. Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add your chosen ingredients and boil for a few minutes. Then reduce to simmer.
  3. Keep refilling the water as long as you want the aroma to last.


Essential oils and diffusers are another way to get that Fall smell without chemicals! Simply mix and match to find the blending of your dreams. Some amazing essential oils to start with are listed below.

  • Ginger
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon
  • Orange
  • Sage
  • Frankincense
  • Cedarwood
  • Rosemary
  • Coffee
  • Nutmeg
  • Juniper Berry
  • Vanilla
  • Anise seed


You can also make an air freshener with 3/4 cup water, 4 tablespoons of witch hazel, and 15-20 drops of whatever oils you want to use.


Check out this website for more in-depth information about doing the right mixing and matching for you!


If you are a busy bee and need to buy something to help you get that toasty feeling, you can try these 100% pure beeswax candles scented with 100% pure essential oils, or check out these eco-friendly, clean candles using locally sourced wax and high-grade aromatherapy oils. Both of them are perfect for getting that fall smell without chemicals!


Getting the smells of Fall doesn’t have to cost a lot and it definitely doesn’t have come at the expense of our health. Fortunately these are some clean and easy ways to get get all the feels and warm your body from the inside out.





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