Homemade Natural Autumn Room Spray (No Essential Oils Needed!)

This homemade natural autumn room spray smells so heavenly! You won't need any special ingredients for this room spray either, no essential oils necessary!
I think the smells of autumn are my favorite scents on earth! Warm spicy scents, hints of pumpkin, and fallen leaves are perfect! Fall candles are definitely my favorite scents to burn all season, but I also really love having autumn room sprays to keep the house smelling like the perfect autumn day!
Readers really loved the orange rose air freshener I made a few months ago.
Many sent in emails asking me what if they didn't have essential oils or didn't want to use them? After getting many requests about a non- essential oil spray, I started working on one for you!
The thing is, essential oils are impossible to recreate completely at home. There are special tools they use in labs to get that highly concentrated oil from plants, flowers, or herbs that give a very strong scent. At home methods are more of an infusion of scent, but they can smell just as good if you get the right combination.

This homemade autumn room spray has two methods. You can leave it concentrated and spray throughout, or you can turn it into an odor remover with the addition of a few household chemicals. Either way, it smells wonderful.

The best part is how AMAZING it smells while you are making it and letting it simmer on the stove. My house smelled like fall for days after making this!

For the Autumn Scented Concentrate:

+ 2 cups of water

+ Cinnamon Broom (or cinnamon sticks)

+ One small pumpkin (the tiny sugar pumpkins)

+ Favorite Apple

+ Your favorite fallen leaves outside (that smell wonderful)

Additional Items to Complete Room Spray:

+ 1/2 cup vodka (see this chemist note on why using vodka is the best bet )

+ 1/2 tsp baking soda


1. In a medium sauce pan, combine the water with some pieces of pumpkin rind (only the rind) that are cut into smaller pieces. Add in some chunks of apple, cut up some of the cinnamon broom and add that in. I like the cinnamon broom better than the sticks, it is a little stronger. But cinnamon sticks work good too!

If you have leaves outside that are starting to fall, add in some of those cut up.

2. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 3 or so hours. Turn off the heat, and let is sit overnight to room temperature. The longer it gets, the strong it is!

3. To make an air freshener, odor eliminator, combine 1 cup of strained autumn mixture with the 1/2 cup of vodka and 1/2 tsp baking soda. Shake it up and use around the house.

4. You can strain this mixture and leave it as a room spray that is concentrated. Since it is mainly water, make sure to not spray directly on items since it will leave water droplets, but it can still work great for spraying the air. Making the air freshener above will eliminate water drops and perfect for all around.

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Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet
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  • Crumly Crumly on Sep 22, 2018

    I love this, but one question, I’ve never heard of cinnamon broom. Where do I find it? Or what is it? Thank you.

  • Tammy Tammy on Oct 24, 2019

    Just a few questions! :)

    How long does the mix without the vodka and baking soda keep for?

    Do you keep it refrigerated?

    Can the non-vodka/baking soda concentrate be used in essential oil diffusers? (With or without adding water?)

    I really want to try this because I'm afraid the essential oils I use aren't good for some of my house plants.


  • Phyllis Phyllis on Sep 22, 2022

    This sounds so good I can’t wait to try it out! Thanks!

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  • OmaK OmaK on Oct 09, 2019

    I’m not sure I’d use vodka in a warmer, I suppose mixes with water wouldn’t hurt any. I do use a few drops in the defuser to help purify during allergy, cold and flu seasons

  • Patty Patty on Oct 13, 2021

    Thanks for the info. Bet it smells great