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Homemade Stove Top Potpourri Recipes! How to make your home smell good.

Stove top potpourri is an easy, inexpensive way to make your home smell cozy with all-natural ingredients. Follow these simple steps and fill your home with the aroma of nature.

I hope you are enjoying all that this wonderful season of Autumn has to offer. The beautiful colors of the changing leaves, the apples, pumpkins galore, and the wonderful scents of the season. Why not bring some of those comforting scents into your home?

In today's post, I'm sharing an old-school way to spread fragrance through your home, and it’s all-natural. Stovetop potpourri spreads fragrance better than a candle and can be made easily. As you're baking with all of those apples from the orchard save the peels and simmer them on your stovetop. If you have oranges add some peels along with spices such as cinnamon ( sticks or ground ) allspice, cloves, ginger, and my favorite Anise Stars.

Anise Stars can be a little pricey especially if you're not going to use them for other things, but they sure are pretty and last a long time. The scent is lovely, it reminds me of my Grandma's house. She always had Anise cookies and would put a star in her coffee.

What Is Anise? Anise is a spice known for its sweet licorice flavor. Anise is used in coffees, candies, cookies, tea, liquor, and even perfumes.

Stovetop Potpourri is a simple and effective way to make your home smell good. Below are my favorite stovetop potpourri mixes. I hope you give them a try, you will love them! To make stovetop potpourri your going to simmer ( a very low simmer ) whatever you have that smells nice with spices, herbs, and water. If the water gets low simply add more. If you are using a crockpot heat the mixture with the lid on until the mixture is hot, remove the lid, and continue on low. You certainly don't have to follow a certain mix. I enjoy stovetop potpourri so much that I love coming up with new mixes.

Getting Started

All of these potpourri mixes can be done on the stovetop or a mini crockpot, if you are worried about leaving a pan simmering on the stove try a mini crockpot. A helpful hint: have Alexa or Google home set a reminder or set the timer on the stove

You can get a couple of simmers from each of these. When you are done simmering for the day let your ingredients cool and put them in a container. Store the stovetop potpourri in the refrigerator and use it again the next day.

Stove top potpourri will spread a non-toxic, cozy, and inviting aroma throughout the house.

Fall scented potpourri (pictured above)


Peels from one apple

Peels from one orange

One teaspoon of ground cloves

4 cinnamon sticks

6 Anise Stars


How to make your house smell like Christmas


One sliced orange

3-4 cinnamon sticks or 2 tsp of ground cinnamon

1cup of fresh cranberries

2 tsp of nutmeg

1tsp of cloves

5-6 Anise Stars (optional)


Cranberry Orange


Leftover cranberries fresh or dried I used about a cup

One orange sliced

A few cloves and/or an anise star or two


For a light clean scent


Two lemons

2 tbsp vanilla

A sprig or two of fresh rosemary or basil

Cinnamon coffee ( I love this one )


1 cup of leftover coffee grounds

2-3 cinnamon sticks or 2 tsp of ground cinnamon

2 tsp of vanilla


Lavender and Lemon


4 cups of water

1 lemon sliced

A handful of fresh lavender

2 teaspoons vanilla

I hope you enjoy these simple natural ways to spread fragrance through your home! Let me know if you try any! Tag me on Instagram! Follow me on Pinterest!

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