Make Your Home Smell Good : Fall Simmers

Make Your Home Smell Good - Fall Simmers via Clean Mama

I love the way a warm scent can conjure up memories or just make a smelly room smell better.  Want to invoke that fall feeling in your home? Try a little simmer – it will get your home smelling fallish in a hurry.  Gather any combination of the following ingredients – you only NEED one or two things, but you can combine to your heart’s content.

Make a Simmer via Clean Mama

Ingredient Ideas:

  • lemons
  • oranges
  • apples
  • cranberries
  • cinnamon sticks
  • whole cloves
  • fresh herbs
  • extracts – vanilla, and almond, etc.
  • essential oils (just a drop or two is all you need) – optional but a drop or two will up the scent-ification
  • 4 cups water

Here are 3 scent ideas to get you started:


Citrus and Clove Simmer via Clean Mama

  • lemons
  • oranges
  • cloves


Thanksgiving Simmer via Clean Mama

  • sage leaves
  • cranberries
  • oranges


Homey Goodness Simmer via Clean Mama

  • vanilla
  • cinnamon sticks
  • cloves

Combine ingredients with water in a saucepan and put on your stove.  Set heat to low and let the ingredients simmer away as long as you’d like.  (Keep an eye on the water so it doesn’t boil over or scorch.)

Simmer on the Stove via Clean Mama

TIP: If you have a small crockpot you can combine the ingredients and let your simmer bubble away on low all day.

Make Your Home Smell Good - 3 Fall Simmers via Clean Mama


  1. I’ve never tried this but it sounds like such an awesome idea, especially for this time of year. I am definitely going to give this a go 🙂

  2. Jennifer McLane says:

    Did this years ago and really kind of forgot about it. I think I’m going back to this instead of wax melts which smell great for a few days and then fade.

  3. September says:

    We have been simmering cinnamon sticks in our house for years. Even when our house is messy, It gives a sense of calmness.

  4. YES. I have a little baby (queso) crock that I use for this when the season hits……

  5. I love this idea. What do you do with the left overs when you’re done with them, though? Tea maybe?

  6. Eileen Yoder says:

    If you can imagine, I’m allergic to cinnamon, cloves, and eucalyptus. Can you think of something using vanilla and citrus and anything else? Thank you.

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