With the temperatures dropping, it’s finally beginning to feel like fall. That’s right, it’s time to get out your favorite sweaters and scarves, enjoy the crisp air and changing leaves, and indulge yourself in the sweet scents that fall brings. The fall smells are my favorite! Three that I love, alone and combined, are apple, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Since my nose longs for these yummy fall scents each year, bringing them into my home is a no-brainer. Here is how to make your house smell like fall. I’ve included several ways to bring the fall scents inside and make your home smell great. Try them out and let us know your favorite!
How To Make Your House Smell Great: Use Natural Scents
Ah, the smell of fall. So fresh and crisp. So cozy! If you want to bring the autumn scents into your house, you have to know which ones are your favorite.
What are the scents of fall?
Here are a few fall smells that I love:
Orange peels, apple, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, pine trees. Rich scents of spices like Chai and the sweet undertones of brown sugar.
1. Apple Cinnamon Pot Simmer
Apple cinnamon pot simmers are my favorite. Simply cut one apple into fourths, add water to your pan, and toss in a cinnamon stick (I usually toss in a few). Bring the ingredients to a boil and then simmer on low. Add more water if the liquid gets too low. A great alternative to a pot simmer is a slow cooker potpourri because it can go for longer unsupervised.
For a fuller pot simmer masterpiece, add orange slices, whole cloves, and nutmeg, like this stovetop potpourri recipe. Try simmering your other favorite scents too!
2. Candle Wraps
Lighting a candle is one of the simplest ways to freshen the air in your home! But, have you ever tried wrapping your candle in something or placing your candle in something that intensifies the aroma? If you haven’t, you should! I always get an apple pie candle for fall because I can’t cook a decent apple pie, but I LOVE the smell. A friend of mine showed me this little trick that sent my senses flying. Simply, try wrapping your apple pie candle in cinnamon sticks! Or you could core an apple (not all the way) and place a tall cinnamon taper candle inside. Both create an irresistible apple-cinnamon smell and serve as decoration! Similarly, try placing a pumpkin or pumpkin spice candle in coffee beans. You’ll have your home smelling like a scrumptious pumpkin spice latte!
3. Fall Baked Goods
This may seem obvious, but baking fall treats will definitely leave your house smelling like fall. Two of my favorite fall treats are apple cider muffins and pumpkin bread. Here is an easy pumpkin bread recipe that my mom passed along to me:
1 c. of pumpkin (cooked fresh or canned)
2 c. sugar
1 c. cooking oil
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
After mixing those ingredients, divide them into 3 greased loaf pans. Sprinkle them with sliced almonds! Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until the middle of the loaf springs back when touched.
4. Pine Cones
In the fall, I often set out a bowl of pine cones mixed with cinnamon sticks as decor on my coffee table. It is a lovely way to welcome the natural scents of fall. You can also allow slices of fresh oranges to dehydrate on a drying rack and add those to your bowl for decoration and scent.
5. How To Make Your House Smell Like Fall With Essential Oils
Essential oils are also a great way to make your house smell like fall. After all they are basically the concentrated essence and scent of things. Just choose the essential oils that remind you of fall, and it couldn’t be much easier! Some of my favorite fall scent essential oils are orange, sandalwood, cedarwood, bergamot, cinnamon bark, and cypress. You can diffuse them individually or try this Autumn Air Room Mist Recipe.
Use your favorite one of these simple tricks to make your house smell great! There are plenty of other ways to make your home smell like fall, but these are my favorite! Do you crave the fall smells inside your home like I do? Share your ideas @familyfocusblog!