Scents can be a great way to make your home more appealing for buyers. There is no better time to spice things up than Fall. Surrounded by the thoughts of football, family gatherings, cool days and cozy nights, the scents of the season bring all of the warm feelings associated with fall to life. Here are some easy and inexpensive ways to bring fall into your home.
It wouldn’t be fall without its most ubiquitous flavor: pumpkin spice. Skip the latte and opt for a fragrant fall air freshener instead. To make your own pumpkin-spice room spray, gather clove, ginger, orange, cardamom, and add a few drops of each to one cup of distilled water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spritz the air freshener around the room as needed for a burst of fall fragrance.
Reed diffusers double as decor and air fresheners, but the store-bought versions can be pricey. To make your own fall diffuser, add a blend of baby oil and essential oils to a glass bottle or jar. For a small container, you’ll need about 1 teaspoon of essential oils (you can use any combination that reminds you of fall). For a citrusy seasonal blend, try combining bergamot, lemon, and wintergreen. Place reeds into your DIY diffuser to disperse the fall fragrance.
For a simple scented blend that lasts for hours, try stovetop potpourri. A classic fall simmer pot includes apples, oranges, and cinnamon sticks, but you can also add other spices like cloves, vanilla extract, or star anise. If you’d rather eat the fruits, using strips of the peels works just as well as whole cut slices. Bring ingredients to a boil in a pot or slow cooker, then simmer or set to low for several hours to release the scent. You might need to add extra water periodically as it evaporates.
4. Homemade Fall Wax Melts
Make a batch of spiced fall wax melts for your warmer. Using a plastic liner to protect the appliance, melt soy wax pellets in your small slow cooker on low, and add essential oils for scent. Pour the wax mixture into an ice cube tray, let cool, then pop a few into your wax warmer to slowly fill the space with fall fragrance.
Pinecones are a popular fall decor, but there’s no need to buy them if you’re lucky enough to have evergreens in your area. To give them a warm cinnamon scent, bake pinecones in the oven to clean and dry them out. Infuse them with cinnamon by spritzing them with a mixture of cinnamon essential oil and water. When the pinecones are sufficiently scented, display them in a bowl or glass vase, or make a garland with rope and lay across your mantel for a subtle spicy scent.
Use an autumn-inspired DIY linen spray to freshen up folded towels and bedding. Just mix 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup inexpensive vodka (yes, vodka!) in a clean spray bottle and swirl with essential oils. Choose 3-4 oils and add 10 drops of each. Have fun experimenting with different combinations to find your favorite!