Four Homemade Air Freshening Products for Autumn

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Fall Scents

Enjoy these 4 recipes for fall scents! From apple cider and chilly evenings to pumpkins and falling leaves, I love Autumn and love celebrating its smells!

Now that it’s September, it is finally acceptable to start celebrating fall!

The thing I always notice the most about the fall is how the season smells. There’s just something about the fall scents that are absolutely irresistible. I guess that’s why candle and fragrance companies seem to advertise so heavily in the fall. Everywhere I go I see advertisements for fall air fresheners and candles. However, many of these products contain harsh chemicals (also known as VOCs) that are dangerous for you to breathe.

VOCs can cause a number of problems from respiratory irritation to allergies and even headaches.

So I say, why not bring fall into your home the NATURAL way? These recipes are quick, easy, and will save you a lot of money. But above all, they are safe and natural, so you can breathe easy, literally!

4 Recipes For Fall Scents

DIY Fall Potpourri

This one is really easy! Once you have all the ingredients, it will take you a total of 5 minutes to mix up. You can find most of the ingredients for this recipe in your local craft shop or even in the spice isles of your grocery store.

Bonus: the ingredients of this potpourri make a gorgeous centerpiece or decoration!



  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
  2. Place in potpourri jar or in a simmering pot
  3. Enjoy!

Like this recipe? Check out this Homemade Orange Spice Air Freshener Recipe.

Fall Scents: Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

I love, love, love to use my diffuser. It’s like using a plugin air freshener, but even better. My small diffuser spreads the lovely aroma of essential oils throughout my entire first floor easily.

This recipe is no exception. It is spicy, sweet, and just perfect for any fall day.



  1. Blend all oils together in a 5 mL amber bottle (find them here).
  2. Add 3-4 drops to your diffuser.
  3. Enjoy!

Looking for more diffuser recipes? Check out this list of 50 Awesome Diffuser Recipes.

Simple Cinnamon Simmering Pot

Simmering pots are a simple way to fill your home with fall scents. Plus, they help to add moisture into the air which will help if you are experiencing a fall cold. This recipe is extra simple.


  1. Fill a saucepan with water and bring it to a boil on your stove.
  2. Add 2-3 cinnamon sticks to the boiling water and turn the heat down (until the pot is simmering).
  3. Let the pot simmer as long as you would like (but be careful to add more water as needed so your pan doesn’t scorch!).

Fall Scents: Orange/Clove Multipurpose Cleaner

I love using essential oils to scent my cleaners. Not only do they add different cleaning properties, but they also smell amazing!

The base of this recipe is white vinegar, which is absolutely amazing for cleaning. Want to know why? Learn more here: White Vinegar for Cleaning and so Much More.

In this recipe, I’ve added clove essential oil and sweet orange essential oil. Clove essential oil is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial while sweet orange essential oil is anti-viral and antibacterial.


  • 8 ounces white vinegar
  • 30 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 30 drops clove essential oil


  1. Combine all ingredients in an 8-ounce spray bottle.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Spray on countertops, in bathrooms, and anywhere that needs cleaning.

These are four of my favorite fall scents, but I’d love to hear yours. Share your favorite fall recipe in the comments below!


About Katie Vance

Katie is a wife, mother, aromatherapist, and lover of all things DIY. She offers consultations and gives simple aromatherapy advice at Katie Vance, Aromatherapy Simplified. You can also find Katie on Facebook.

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  1. Debbie says

    I love the recipes you have for Autumn. Do you know of any essential oils that would give a similar scent of apples? I know I can put apples in place of the oranges for simmering but I often forget about it on the stove.

    • Katie Vance says

      Hi Debbie! The only essential oil that smells somewhat fruity that I can think of is black currant essential oil. I doesn’t compare that much to apples, but it is hard to come by and often expensive.

  2. Angela says

    Thanks for the fun ideas! Where/how did you become an aromatherapist? That is something I would love to venture into!

  3. Joan Stolar Smith says

    These are wonderful, Katie! I love filling our home with the wonderful scents of fall, my favorite time of year. As a pet blogger, I would just add one word of caution for anyone who owns birds: potpourri and essential oil fumes can make your bird sick. Sad but true. (Of course, a lot of other fumes can harm, even kill, our feathered friends, like overheated Teflon and cleaning products). Honestly, it’s best for our entire family to ditch anything with “fragrance” on the label, as that covers literally hundreds of potentially toxic chemicals. Look for “fragrance-free” not just “unscented.” Hope that’s helpful. And thanks again for the lovely “recipes!!”