Make It Monday - Recipes to Make your home smell like the seasons
6 Easy Stovetop Potpourri Recipes For Every Season
If you’re looking for an easy way to make your house smell amazing without blowing through a $25 candle every week, you have got to try making your own stovetop potpourri recipes.
You can literally make your home smell like a homemade baked apple pie, a coffee house or fresh spring day. Simply thrown in a few fruits, herbs and spices into a pot of boiling water to get the aromas kickin’.
Get creative with fruit, extracts, spices, plants & herbs.
How To Make Your Home Smell Amazing All Day
1. Fill a medium sized pot or small crockpot 3/4 full of water, and add the ingredients of your choice (recipes below).
2. Bring to a boil for a few minutes, and then lower the heat to simmer.
3. Let it simmer for as long as you'd like. Be sure to watch the water level, and refill if needed.
4. Save the mixture in a glass jar or bowl in the refrigerator when finished. It can last you several days! Simply reheat the next day to re-scent your home.
I like to boil it on the stove to get it hot quickly, and then pour it into a small crockpot on LOW to simmer all day.
How To Make Your Home Smell Like Fall
Because Autumn is my favorite season, this recipe is my favorite. Some other things you might consider throwing into your Fall Potpourri Pot are nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, or apples.
Try this simple recipe:
4 – 6 sticks of cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Orange rind from 1 or 2 oranges
slices of apple
How To Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas
Jingle all the way! Even if Christmas turns you into a scrooge, the aroma this potpourri recipe will fill your home with may just bring you some joy. Some other things you can throw into a winter stovetop potpourri are pinecones, pine needles, pieces of evergreen tree, apples, or vanilla extract.
Try this recipe:
3-5 cinnamon sticks
1 orange sliced
1-2 springs rosemary
1 Tablespoon whole cloves
1 cup fresh cranberries
2 teaspoons nutmeg
How To Make Your Home Smell Like The Famous Williams Sonoma Store
This stovetop potpourri recipe is one of the most popular because it smells so clean and nice, and only requires 3 simple ingredients. If you happen to have a rosemary bush in your yard, you are in luck!
2 lemons sliced
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
2 springs of rosemary
How To Make Your Home Smell Like Coffee Cake
Instead of tossing out your used coffee grounds, throw them in a simmering pot and let them fill your home with the wonderful smell of coffee. Almond extract is also divine thrown in the mix if you happen to have it.
2-4 cinnamon sticks
I cup leftover coffee grounds or beans
1-2 tsp vanilla extract
How To Make Your Home Smell Like Summer
If you’re anything like me, you like your home to smell incredible all year round! Don’t limit your stovetop recipes to just Fall and Winter. Break out your mini crockpot and fill it with the scent of the tropics.
Sliced citrus fruit – limes, oranges, lemons, grapefruit
1 6 oz can pineapple juice
1 Tablespoon coconut extract
How To Make Your Home Smell Like Spring
Include this stovetop potpourri recipe to your spring cleaning to make your home smell fresh and clean (even if it isn’t… our secret!). If you like florals, consider throwing in a few rose petals or flowers from the yard that look like they’re on their last limb.
2 limes sliced
3-4 springs of thyme
Handful of mint leaves or ½ tsp mint extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
Now get creative and discover some of your own favorite stovetop potpourri recipes! It’s best to use what you have on hand, and throw things in the pot that are about to go bad, like old lemons or oranges. This way you can scent your home without spending high prices.
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- Carole Zellers