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How to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

Yellow leaves and delicious sweet pumpkins — yes, fall is here! The weather may be getting colder but this time of the year can make you feel warmer inside. And to make your home cozy and pleasant, 5-Minute Crafts will share 4 ways to make your lovely home smell like an autumn delight.

1. Gingerbread simmering pot

You will need:

  • 4 pieces of ginger
  • 2 apples sliced in half
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp of pure almond extract
  • 1 tbsp of whole cloves

Instructions:

  1. Gather all your ingredients.
  2. Add 6 cups of water to a medium size pan and bring it to a boil.
  3. Add the ingredients listed above.
  4. Lower the heat to simmer (around 180 to 190 degrees).

Simmering should last from 2 to 3 hours, just be sure to check there is enough water in the pot. Add a cup or 2 if the water level gets too low. A simmer pot can last up to 4 days and you can always add a small amount of water while reheating it.

2. DIY pumpkin-spice room spray

You will need:

  • A spray bottle
  • Clove essential oil
  • Ginger essential oil
  • Orange essential oil
  • Cardamom essential oil
  • Cinnamon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Prepare one cup (150 ml or 5 oz) of distilled water.
  2. Add 3-4 drops of each essential oil into the distilled water.
  3. Pour the mixture into a clean spray bottle.
  4. Spray the air freshener around your house.

3. Potpourri with dried fruit and nuts

You will need:

  • Dried apple slices
  • Dried orange slices
  • Whole nuts (with shells)
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Whole cloves
  • Dried rose hips
  • Laurel (Bay) leaves
  • Pinecones
  • Essential oils: cedarwood, clove, cinnamon, orange, and pine
  • A jar

Instructions:

  1. Clean the jar and make sure it is dry.
  2. Put the ingredients into the jar.
  3. Add 2-3 drops of the essential oils.
  4. Shake the jar gently so the ingredients can mix together.

4. DIY apple pie soap

You will need:

  • 1 pound soap base (about half a block)
  • 10 drops apple fragrance oil
  • 5 drops French vanilla fragrance oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Green soap colorant (optional)
  • Silicone soap mold

Instructions:

  1. Cut the soap into little cubes.
  2. Melt the soap in a pot while mixing.
  3. Add the apple fragrance oil, French vanilla fragrance oil, ground cinnamon, and soap colorant.
  4. Mix well for 30 seconds.
  5. Pour the mixture into the molds.
  6. Let the soap sit for 2 hours and then turn the mold over to pop out the soap.
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