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8 ways to use Essential Oils to make your house smell like fall

Bonfires, walks in the woods over freshly fallen leaves, warm apple pie, pumpkin carving– I love fall and all it’s wonderful scents! But I don’t like using artificial products to get those fall scents in my home. I used to use wax melts, potpourri, room sprays, wall plugins, and candles that I bought at the mall. But I gave those up this year when I discovered how bad those chemical-laden artificial fragrance products were for me and my family.

Now, I use essential oils to naturally make my home smell like fall, and I can’t (or don’t want to) imagine it any other way!

Which essential oils do you think of for fall scents?

Many people think of cinnamon, clove, and orange as fall essential oils.

Do you also think of ginger, cassia, nutmeg, and cardamom?

Here are some you may not have thought of, but combined with other essential oils, they evoke the feeling and scent of fall: tangerine, coriander, black pepper, cedarwood, cypress, arborvitae, sandalwood, frankincense, sage, rosemary, patchouli, and vetiver.

  1.  Fall Diffuser Blends:

Diffusing is one of my favorite ways to make my home smell like fall! Not only do you get the great fall scents, you also get all the therapeutic benefits of the essential oils. Here are a few fall diffuser blends to try

Spiced Chai Diffuser Blend

  • 3 drops cardamom essential oil
  • 1 drop clove essential oil
  • 1 drop cassia essential oil
  • drop ginger essential oil

Apple Pie Diffuser Blend

  • 2 drops clove essential oil
  • 2 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
  • 2 drops ginger essential oil
  • 1 drop nutmeg (optional) essential oil

Sweater Weather Diffuser Blend

  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 2 drops juniper berry essential oil
  • 1 drop sage essential oil

 

  1. Fall Room Sprays:

Rooms sprays (a.k.a. air fresheners) are one of the easiest and most versatile ways to use essential oils to make your home smell like fall. It just takes 3 ingredients and about 15 seconds, and you have your own all-natural, chemical-free air freshener. Here’s my basic recipe for room sprays: 1 cup distilled water, 1/4 cup witch hazel (to help the essential oils mix with the water), and 40-50 drops of essential oil. Here are a couple fall room spray recipes to try:

Pumpkin Spice Room Spray

  • Add the following to a 16 ounce spray bottle and shake to combine.
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 15 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 10 drops clove essential oil
  • 10 drops ginger essential oil
  • 10 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 5 drops cardamom essential oil

Flannel Room Spray

  • Add the following to a 16 ounce spray bottle and shake to combine.
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 20 drops cardamom essential oil
  • 10 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
  • 10 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 5 drops clove essential oil

 

  1. Fall Linen Sprays

Another great way to use essential oils to make your home smell like fall is to make a DIY fabric refresher (a.k.a. linen spray). Use this linen spray to scent your upholstered furniture, refresh blankets, revive curtains and drapes, apply to entry rugs to greet guests with a fresh welcoming scent as they entire your home, and more. My linen spray recipe is very simple: 2 cups vodka and 40-50 drops of essential oil. Unlike the room sprays above, you want to use vodka for a linen spray because (1) alcohol helps clean and (2) alcohol evaporates more quickly than water (so it won’t cause mold and mildew on fabrics).   Be sure to spot test linen sprays on small discrete place on fabric. Here are a few recipes for fall fabric refreshers:

Harvest Gathering Linen Spray

  • 2 cups vodka
  • 20 drops cassia essential oil
  • 15 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 10 drops wild orange essential oil

Snuggle Blend Linen Spray

  • 2 cups vodka
  • 15 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
  • 15 drops clove essential oil
  • 15 drops white fir essential oil

Wassail Linen Spray

  • 2 cups vodka
  • 25 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 5 drops ginger essential oil
  • 5 drops clove essential oil

 

  1. Freshen as you Vacuum

Love this one! Who doesn’t want their house to smell fresh & clean every time you vacuum?!! It’s simple– all you do is put a few drops of your favorite essential oil (or EO combination) on a small piece of a napkin or tissue and then vacuum it up. As you vacuum, your whole house will smell AMAZING!

A few other options to get the same result…

  • Use a cotton ball instead of the napkin/tissue
  • Add a few drops in each new bag you put in your vacuum
  • No bag? no problem. If your vacuum has a washable filter, put some essential oil on the filter. Works great!

Here are a few ideas of essential oils to use as you vacuum to make your home smell like fall: cinnamon, clove, orange, ginger, cassia, nutmeg, cardamom, tangerine.

Or try a fall blend of essential oils like eucalyptus/sage or orange/clove/rosemary or clove/cinnamon/ginger/nutmeg

  1. Make your Home Smell like Fall as you Clean {it’s a two-for-one!}
  • Disinfecting essential oils (that smell like fall): cinnamon, tea tree, clove, orange, pine, thyme, coriander, and rosemary
  • Deodorizing essential oils (that smell like fall): sage, tea tree, orange, cinnamon, patchouli, cypress, cedarwood, orange, white fir, juniper berry, eucalyptus and others

Here’s the basic recipe for my All-Purpose Cleaner (great for counters, sinks, appliances, faucets, and more)– To make: to a glass spray bottle add ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 ½ cups distilled water, and 25 drops essential oil. To use: shake to combine, spray on surface, and wipe clean.

Fall all-purpose cleaner #1

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups distilled water
  • 12 drops orange essential oil
  • 5 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 5 drops clove essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil

Fall all-purpose cleaner #2

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups distilled water
  • 10 drops orange essential oil
  • 2 drops ginger essential oil
  • 5 drops clove essential oil

 

  1. Dusting spray

Basic recipe for dusting spray: to a glass spray bottle add 1 cup distilled water, ¼ cup white vinegar, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, and 15 drops essential oil. To use: shake to combine, spray on surface to be cleaned, wipe clean with microfiber cloth

Fall dusting spray #1

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 10 drops orange essential oil
  • 3 drops patchouli essential oil
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil

Fall dusting spray #2

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 10 drops orange essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops clove essential oil

 

  1. Make a Reed Diffuser in Fall Scents

Reed diffusers are great for small spaces and rooms where you may not have easy access to a wall outlet. They’re perfect for bathrooms, foyers, and closets! It only takes a few ingredients, and you probably have most (if not everything) you need already in your kitchen. Here’s the basic recipe: 1/4 cup of a light oil like apricot kernel oil or safflower oil, 15-20 drops essential oil, and 2 Tbsp of alcohol to help oils travel up reeds (vodka works great).

“Orange Pomander” reed diffuser blend

  • 1/4 cup of a light oil like apricot kernel oil or safflower oil
  • 2 Tbsp of alcohol
  • 10 drops orange essential oil
  • 5 drops clove essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil

“Spiced Chai” reed diffuser blend

  • 1/4 cup of a light oil like apricot kernel oil or safflower oil
  • 2 Tbsp of alcohol
  • 9 drops cardamom essential oil
  • 3 drops clove essential oil
  • 3 drops ginger essential oil

“Sweater Weather” reed diffuser blend

  • 1/4 cup of a light oil like apricot kernel oil or safflower oil
  • 2 Tbsp of alcohol
  • 9 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3 drops sage essential oil

 

  1. Scented Pinecones

If you have collected pinecones from your yard or nature, then first start with baking the bugs out of your pinecones. Bake in 200 degree oven for 1 hour and then let completely cool.

If you bought your pinecones at a store or are reusing ones from your collection of decorations, then you can skip the baking step.

Place your pinecones in a large glass or stainless steel bowl. Sprinkle pinecones with 15-20 drops of cinnamon essential oil (or fall essential oil blend of your choice). Toss them to coat. Cover bowl tightly. Every couple of days shake pinecones to distribute essential oil and scent. After a few weeks the pinecones are ready to use.

Who else just loves this time of year?

Love & Sparkle,

Mackenzie

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