Love the Fall? Time to Get Cozy with Homemade Fall-Inspired Simmering Room Scents

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Want to make your home smell like Fall naturally? 🍂🍎

If you’re a fan of delicious smells like cinnamon, apple, and pumpkin spice, here’s an easy way to fill your home with those scents on the stove or in a slow cooker. Simmering scents are a natural way to get your home smelling fresh.

All you have to do is combine ingredients in a small saucepan or slow cooker and simmer! I usually use the stove top method, bring contents to a slight boil, then reduce heat and let simmer. I like that this idea can definitely be improvised to include additional ingredients you may have on hand such as fresh ginger, orange peels etc.

Cinnamon Apple Simmering Scent

Pumpkin Spice Simmering Scent


  • I found whole spices in the grocery store section with the Hispanic spices to be less expensive then the options in the packaged jars on the spice isle.
  • You can easily make your own pumpkin pie spice by combining 1/4 cup ground cinnamon, 4 teaspoons ground ginger, 4 teaspoons ground nutmeg, and 1 tablespoon ground allspice. 
  • I found the stove top method to be a little stronger scent than using the slow cooker – it’s my preferred method. Just make sure to check the water or liquid level and add more if it gets low.


Want more Simmering Scent recipes? Visit this previous post for more ideas!


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Comments 10

  1. Bologna

    Where in the store do you find whole cloves & anise?

    • Lina D

      In my store they are in cellophane packets with the Hispanic foods like dried chiles ect

  2. Imsofrugal

    My hubby does this all of the time after cooking fried foods (fish & chicken). I swear it smells better and lingers longer than any candle.

  3. Amy

    How much water did you add?

    • Lina D

      Just depends on the pot but maybe 1/2 way full. You do have to keep an eye on it every 30 min or so to see if you need more water – hope that helps 👍

  4. ds

    Thank you soo much can’t wait to try this

  5. Sue

    Great idea I will have to try this. Best of all it’s natural and not those chemical smelling ones from the store which of course I would never use cause they are so toxic.

  6. Danelle

    My Dollar Tree had cinnamon sticks today.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s awesome!

  7. Teah

    Winco had 12oz of cinnamon sticks ( a BIG OL BAG) for 5 bucks. I new I bought it for a reason LOL!

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