The scent of pumpkin spice, vanilla lattes and freshly fallen leaves has been filling every nook of cities this autumn, and it smells divine! Who wouldn’t want to capture the smell of fall in their own home?
Many people use air sprays that smell of freshly baked pies and cinnamon sticks. We have candles with their own seasonal lines like autumn glows, cinnamon spices, pumpkin ciders and more. We spray, we light and we may even use laundry detergents, bath soaps, hand soaps and more that all invigorate the senses. However, these items are not as safe as they smell.
Commercially produced fall scents (and flavors for that matter) tend to be made with potentially harmful chemical ingredients. In fact, there are Material Safety Data Sheets online for popular commercial air sprays that warn you of the potential health effects of the product.
Commercial candles are a little different, especially when containing paraffin that burns into carcinogenic soot. While we know small amounts of exposure to these toxins won’t kill us, we should be conscious that “frequently lighting many candles in an unventilated space could lead to problems, and may aggravate asthma, cause allergy-like symptoms, or irritate the respiratory tract.”
When we consider a common house cleaning routine that ends with a spray of chemicals, a lighting of toxin-releasing candles and more, we know there’s room for improvement. You don’t have to compromise a seasonal-smelling home for your conscious lifestyle, though. Here are several amazingly green ways to bring the magical scents of this season into your home today.
1. Use Your Stove
The easiest and quickest way to fill your home with the scents of fall is simply by placing a few cups of water into a pot on the stove. Bring this water to a boil, until the steam is really coming off the top. Next, shake 8-12 drops of fall inspiration essential oils into the pot. Turn the stove off and turn the fan on. The essential oils will quickly diffuse into the air, leaving behind a fresh aroma. Need the diffuser to work on more than the main level? Simply carry the steaming pot with you throughout the house to help diffuse the aroma.
Here are some essential oil options for fall:
- Pumpkin seed
2. Open the Windows
Fall air is crisp, fresh and aromatic, bringing in the season’s change just by opening a window or a door. Each morning, let some fresh air in, even if just for ten minutes. This helps to clear and circulate the air in your home.
3. Freshen Those Sinks
Many dank, earthy odors escape from drains and leave behind a less than desirable smell in your house. Freshen your whole kitchen with this simple step: shake a few drops (about five) into your sink and drain. In just a few minutes, the whole room will smell of fall!
You can use the same essential oils listed above, or go for woodsy scents like pine tree, tea tree and sandalwood for a clean, earthy fall aroma.
4. Infuse Your Potpourri
Many rooms all over America are still freshened by the look and aroma of potpourri. Try making your own fall blend to begin with, using dried mum’s flowers, dried apple chips, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and more. Then, add an extra infusing boost of cinnamon or clove oil to really bring autumn into the home.
5. Get Cooking and Baking
Cooking and baking are great, delicious ways to bring fall aromas into your home in a natural way. Try any of these amazing fall-inspired recipes.
6. Try Oil Diffusers
Oil diffusers are a great alternative to commercial candles. They not only cleanse and diffuse the air, but they also provide relaxation and comfort to any room. Simply purchase an oil diffuser, taking note of what you are looking for, and bring fall into your home today!
The best oils for your diffusers will depend on the make and model, but again, fall-inspired scents can range from woodsy like pine needle to spicy like cinnamon and ginger.
7. Crockpot Style
Making a large crockpot of fall-inspired brew not only helps to make your house smell amazing, but it helps with your homemade gift list, too! Simply simmer the following ingredients, let cool, bottle and gift. Recipients can either put reed diffusers into the bottle or simmer the contents for a quick refresher.
Ingredients can be any fall-inspired combinations like:
- Orange peels, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and water
- Cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, star anise, apple peels and water
8. Make your Own Spray
Still stuck on sprays? No problem! Check out this DIY tutorial for a great way to make your own. Make the scent uniquely fall by sticking to citrus fruits, spices, and woodsy scents.
Bringing fall scents into your home doesn’t have to come at a risk to you and your loved ones. Try these fun ideas today, take a picture and post in the comments below to keep the green ideas going!
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