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How to Make Your House Smell Amazing – Simmering Potpourri

In this post: Here’s how to make your house smell amazing this holiday season! This stovetop or slow cooker simmering potpourri is super easy to make and all ingredients can be kept on hand throughout the holiday season to whip up the potpourri whenever needed. 


This all-natural stovetop simmering potpourri is super easy to make! And all ingredients can be kept on hand throughout the holiday season to whip up the potpourri to make your house smell amazing whenever you want to!

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Make Your House Smell Amazing – How to Make Simmering Potpourri

A simmering potpourri is a perfectly lovely way to make your house smell amazing during the holiday season, or any time! And it’s literally so easy to make. The hardest part is making sure to keep the sauce pan topped up with water all day…but that isn’t an issue if you decide to make the slow cooker version!

Homemade Simmering Potpourri

Each of the ingredients for this homemade simmering blend smell really good and home-y on their own. But the combination of citrus, apples, cinnamon, cranberries, and cloves is what really makes this simmering potpourri smell so delicious. If you choose to add in vanilla – I know it’s expensive right now – it adds this other layer of warm and natural fragrance that makes home smell extra welcoming. 

Homemade Simmering Potpourri

Ingredients:

  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3-5 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • Water

Prep time: 5 minutes

Instructions:

  1. Slice the orange and apple into rounds.
  2. Place the sliced orange and apple to a medium pot or saucepan or slow cooker.
  3. Add the cranberries, cinnamon sticks, and cloves.
  4. Pour enough water into the pot to just almost cover the ingredients in the pot or slow cooker.
  5. Heat the potpourri over low heat on a back burner. Simmer on low heat for up to 3 hours, adding more water as the water gets low. OR turn the slow cooker on low for the day!

Important tip: If you make the stovetop version, check the simmering potpourri often to keep the water level up. If all of the water evaporates and is not replaced, the potpourri will burn.

Homemade Simmering Potpourri

Homemade Simmering Potpourri

How to Make Your House Smell Amazing - Simmering Potpourri

Yield: 1 pot
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10 or less
Here's how to make your house smell amazing this holiday season! This simmering potpourri is super easy to make and all ingredients can be kept on hand throughout the holiday season to whip up the potpourri whenever needed. 

Materials

  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3-5 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • Water

Tools

  • knife
  • sauce pan or slow cooker

Instructions

  1. Slice the orange and apple into rounds. Homemade Simmering Potpourri
  2. Place the sliced orange and apple to a medium pot or sauce pan or slow cooker.
  3. Add the cranberries, cinnamon sticks, and cloves. Homemade Simmering Potpourri
  4. Pour enough water into the pot to just almost cover the ingredients in the pot or slow cooker.
  5. Heat the potpourri over low heat on a back burner. Simmer on low heat for up to 3 hours, adding more water as the water gets low. OR simmer in the slow cooker on low for the day! Homemade Simmering Potpourri

Notes

Important tip: If you make the stovetop version, check the simmering potpourri often to keep the water level up. If all of the water evaporates and is not replaced, the potpourri will burn.

If you like this simmering potpourri, you will also love our Winter Diffuser Blends made with essential oils!

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Have you ever made stovetop simmering potpourri? Doesn’t it just make your house smell amazing?!

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Comments

  1. Cheryl says

    I often use whatever citrus I have on hand…generally it’s lemons…I do the cup of lemon water in the morning before breakfast thing. I look forward to this every year….beats some of the candles out by a long shot.

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