saucepan with fall ingredients for diy home fragrance

Is there anything better than walking through the front door with the sweet scent of cinnamon wafting through the air? This easy DIY home fragrance is a natural way of adding an inviting aroma to your home without the use of potentially toxic candles or plugins.

Many people suffer from allergies in their home and may not realize that scented candles or commercial fragrances are possible culprits. Studies on the topic have alleged that many of the scented candles, plugins, gels, and incense sticks sold in stores contain harmful chemicals that can lead to allergies, lung damage, and even cancer down the road.

While these studies need more substantial evidence to back up the theory that commercial fragrance sources indeed cause harmful effects on the health, many people do find relief from using natural alternatives to store-bought fragrances.

If you think you may be better off using a natural fragrance for your home, then this DIY idea could be a convenient solution. To keep the air in your home fresh and clean while also adding a pleasant aroma, it’s best to make your own fragrance with simple ingredients.

Making a natural fragrance is as easy as gathering a couple of kitchen ingredients and a saucepan. The key is to choose ingredients that have a strong natural fragrance and are appropriate for the season.

For this DIY project, we decided to use oranges and cinnamon sticks. The combination not only smells like fall, but the fragrance is warm and inviting for the home.

To make your home smell like fall, you will need:

  • A couple of orange peels
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • A saucepan
  • Water


  1. Fill a small saucepan with water.
  2. Add the orange peels and cinnamon sticks and bring the water to a boil over high heat.
  3. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to medium so that the water is just simmering.
  4. Let the water simmer for 20 minutes, then add more water and continue to let it simmer for another 20 minutes. You can keep the water simmering for hours if you like, but make sure you’re adding more water to the pan as needed.

Notes: You can add other additions like apple peels, whole cloves, or even some vanilla extract. Try out different ingredients to create your own perfect fragrance.


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Martin, R. S., Myles, F., J., P., Williams, M. A., M., . . . Creative Healthy Family. (2018, September 24). Easy DIY Trick To Make Your Home Smell Like Fall. Retrieved from