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  • Writer's pictureAlex Rathbun

4 natural ways to make your home smell like Fall (that aren't candles)

Candles are great - they're very cozy. But scented candles often give me headaches. Instead, I like to make my home smell cozy and fresh by using alternative scenting methods. Here are a few natural ways you can fall-ify your home.

1. Make a simmer pot

To be honest, I thought this idea originated with my parents. I didn't know there was even a name for it! But I guess quite a lot of people do this? If you're not in the simmer pot club, now you can be!

Gather any spices, herbs, or fruit that remind you of fall. Some examples: cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, allspice, bay leaves, rosemary, orange slices, apple slices, vanilla, ginger. Stick them in a boiling pot of water, turn the heat down to a simmer and ta-da! You've got yourself a simmer pot. Keep an eye on it, but you can let it go until the water is almost gone.

2. DIY essential oil room spray

Gather some pinecones from outside. Stick them in a sealable plastic bag, then spray a few spritzes of the above spray in the bag. I also added a few extra drops of oils into the bag to strengthen the scent. Leave the bag sitting overnight to soak up the scent, then lay them out in a pretty container for a nicely-scented centerpiece. This method produces a much lighter scent than options 1 and 2.

4. Buy fresh eucalyptus

This isn't a traditional fall scent, but Trader Joe's sells fresh eucalyptus for ~$4/bunch. It's so cheap! You don't even need to put it in water, just arrange it in your favorite vase and it will last usually for over a month (though the scent lessens with time).

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