Heavenly DIY Fall Air Freshener for Cheap!

The leaves outside are changing and piled on the ground, the indoor fly trap is (hopefully) down, Halloween is coming, and fall is in full swing! I am always on the hunt to find ways to make my house smell amazing, and this time of year… gimme all the fall smells!

Now sure, you could go to the store and buy a candle for $20, OR you can think of a more frugal efficient way to fill your home with an autumn scent! Don’t worry, today I have the perfect DIY air freshener that will leave your entire house smelling amazing!

DIY fall air freshener

How to Make the Best DIY Fall Air Freshener

Here’s an amazing trick to permeate your home with a festive fall smell, and the best thing about it is it’s completely SIMPLE and CHEAP. I made this entire DIY with things I already had in my cupboards.

I’m all about providing you with DIYs that are simple, useful, and affordable and this one just might be on the top of the list!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 mug
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract (imitation vanilla extract works fine too)
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2-4 cloves (It is better to use whole cloves, but I only had ground)

Step 1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees F. 

Step 2. Add 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract to your mug.

I like to add this first just so that when I add the powders, it can be quickly absorbed by the liquids.

NOTE: I realize that the price of vanilla has skyrocketed over the last year or so you can totally do this with a nice imitation vanilla!

Step 3. Add 1/2 teaspoon of Nutmeg and Cinnamon to the mixture!

I like to give it a little stir after I add the nutmeg and cinnamon just so that the vanilla and the powders can mix nicely.

Step 4. Add 2-4 Cloves and Mix!

Adding whole cloves is ideal! But, as I said earlier I only had ground cloves on hand and it worked just fine. I just added a 1/2 teaspoon and my house still filled with the scent.

Adding whole cloves would be better, but just use what you have on hand. Once everything is added, be sure to stir it all up and mix it nicely.

Step 5. Place the mug in the oven

I left mine in the oven for about an hour. I was worried that the mixture could burn, but it didn’t! It just hardened!

You will begin to notice the smell filling your home about 20 minutes into the process. My husband actually came home and saw the oven on and said, “what are you baking?” and I had to break the news that it was just some spices in a mug! haha

DIY home freshener

Enjoy This DIY Air Freshener Trick!

This is such a simple and fun DIY! If you do not have all the above ingredients, it will work if you leave things out. The vanilla is essential, but you can mix and match the other spices!

Be sure to try this one out! It is wonderful and is the best way to fill your home with that Fall fragrance without spending loads of money on expensive candles that release chemicals into the air!

Other Cheap Air Freshener Methods

If you don’t have an oven or you don’t want to leave your oven on for an hour, there are some other tricks you can use to make your home smell great! Here are a few hacks we saw in the comments:

  • Nannangel79 says she added some water to the mixture and microwaved it, then just left it on a table in the house!
  • Kristin said she made a stovetop air freshener with this mixture for the same effect!
  • Kelse says this DIY air freshener works great in a mini crockpot!

Thanks for the wonderful tips and tricks ladies!

DIY fall aroma

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Heavenly DIY Fall Air Freshener for Cheap!

Ingredients

  • 1 mug
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract (imitation vanilla extract works fine too)
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2-4 cloves (It is better to use whole cloves, but I only had ground)

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Add 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract to your mug
  3. Add 1/2 teaspoon of Nutmeg and Cinnamon and stir
  4. Add 2-4 Cloves and mix
  5. Place the mug in the oven for about an hour and enjoy a fresh seasonal scent!

Notes

As long as vanilla is your key ingredient, you can mix and match your favorite spices to create your own favorite concoction! Since vanilla is so expensive right now, this will work OK with imitation vanilla (to keep it frugal!).

Types: Cleaning, Adult
Categories: Inside The House, Fall, Thanksgiving

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