Stovetop Potpourri, Slow Cooker Potpourri, Stovetop Simmer, or Stovetop air freshener… Whatever you call it, it’s a great way to get your house smelling lovely with natural ingredients.
Stovetop potpourri is herbs, spices, fruit, vegetables, and other items used to make your house smell nice without using candles, wax melts, or scent plugins. The items are all-natural and safe to use in your home. I love placing all of my items in a mini slow cooker and letting it run all day to naturally scent my home.
Scroll to the bottom of this post for step by steps instructions, FAQs, and tips for making sure you use your stovetop air freshener safely.
Make sure to check your slow cooker or pot regularly to see if more water needs to be added. The stovetop version evaporates water a lot faster and will need to be refilled every couple of hours.
Spring Summer Stovetop Potpourri Scents
Lemon and Rosemary Scent
Who doesn’t love the famous Williams Sonoma store’s scent? It’s a favorite spring smell and you just need three ingredients; one tablespoon of vanilla extract, two sliced lemons, and a fresh rosemary bunch. Put to a pot, fill with water, simmer, add water as needed, and enjoy! The same pot of ingredients can be used for a few days.
Lime, Ginger, and Herb Scent
Try this Potpourri for a refreshing Spring scent. Only four ingredients are needed; two sliced limes, some finely sliced ginger, a fresh thyme bunch, and a fresh mint bunch. Put to a pot, fill with water, simmer, add water as needed, and get ready for Spring! The same pot of ingredients can be used for a few days.
Lemon, Cinnamon, and Herb Scent
For a spicy, warm, and fresh homemade scent- enjoy the aromas aiding the transition from Winter to Spring. Only four ingredients are needed; fresh thyme bunch, fresh mint bunch, two sliced lemons, and two cinnamon sticks. Put to a pot, fill with water, simmer, add water as needed, and smell Winter saying goodbye and Spring hello! The same pot of ingredients can be used for a few days.
Summer Stovetop Potpourri Scents
Feel Summer’s scent in your home with the freshness of this Tropical Potpourri. Only three ingredients are needed; two sliced lemons, four sliced strawberries, and one teaspoon of coconut extract. Add the ingredients to a pot with water, simmer and it will start feeling like Summer! The same ingredients can be used for a few more days.
Forest Pine Scent
This Forest Pine Potpourri has the scent of a forest after the rain has fallen. The three ingredients needed are; a fresh pine bunch, three bay leaves, and one tablespoon of nutmeg. Alternatively, use four whole nutmegs and grate off the surface and add the shavings with the whole nutmegs. Add the ingredients to a pot with water, simmer and transport yourself to a dewy forest. Reuse the ingredients again for a few more days.
Grapefruit, Lavender and Almond Scent
Try this fresh and fruity Potpourri scent which is perfect for Summer. The three ingredients needed are; two sliced grapefruits, a fresh lavender bunch, and one tablespoon of almond extract. Simmer in a pot of water and feel the scent of Summer in your room. Reuse the ingredients for a few more days.
Fall Summer Stovetop Potpourri Scents
Citrus Spice Scent
Here’s an easy way to achieve the perfect Fall day smell, that will make you want to start baking pies and get cozy under your blanket in bed. You need four ingredients for this one; one tablespoon of whole cloves, one tablespoon of vanilla, two sliced oranges, and two cinnamon sticks. Add water to the pot, simmer, and voilà, Fall is here! You can use the same ingredients for a few days.
Apple Cinnamon Scent
What better way to feel Fall’s arrival than to smell the scent of apple pie across the room? You just need six ingredients for this one; one sliced apple, one teaspoon of vanilla, two tablespoons of ground nutmeg, two tablespoons of whole cloves, and two cinnamon sticks. Add all the ingredients to a pot, add water, simmer and begin craving apple pie!
Crabapples, Cinnamon and Rosemary scent
Fill your home with natural scents of Fall. And all you need are these three ingredients; two and a half cups of crabapples, three cinnamon sticks, and a fresh rosemary bunch. Add them to a pot, bring to a boil, add water as needed and you’re ready to go! The ingredients can be used again. This scent is also great to use for Christmas and Thanksgiving. So, have you fallen for Fall yet?
Winter or Christmas Stovetop Potpourri Scents
Cranberry, Citrus, Cinnamon, and Herb Scent
Enjoy this Potpourri that will make your home smell like a mix of the season’s favorite aromatics. Five ingredients are needed; one cup of fresh cranberries, four cinnamon sticks, two sliced oranges, and one tablespoon of whole cloves. Bring the ingredients to a pot, add water, and simmer. The same ingredients may be used a few more days.
This scent reminds me of Christmas morning. You’ll need Juniper berries, rosemary, pine needles, and 2 cinnamon sticks.
Juniper Berries and Herb Scent
Not only is this a wonderful seasonal scent, but it also makes for the perfect festive holiday scent as well! This Potpourri creates a cozy and festive atmosphere. The three ingredients that you would need are; a cup of Juniper Berries, a fresh thyme bunch, and a fresh rosemary bunch. Leave to simmer in a pot of water and you’re ready to go! You can use the same ingredients a few more times.
Spiced Coffee Scent
Feel your house come to life and fill with warmth with this Potpourri scent- and end up craving coffee too! The five ingredients you would need are; a quarter cup of whole roasted coffee beans, four cinnamon sticks, one teaspoon of allspice berries, one tablespoon of whole cardamom pods, and four star anise. Add them all to a pot with water, leave to simmer, and feel the scent of a coffeehouse at home! You can use the same ingredients a few more times.
Stovetop Potpourri FAQ’s
What is Stovetop Potpourri
Stovetop Potpourri has been made viral on TikTok. It’s herbs, spices, fruits, and more that you simmer on a stovetop or in a slow cooker. They make your house smell absolutely divine and the best part is you can use leftover scraps for your potpourri. If you’re using oranges or apples in a recipe you can add the peels, core, and any leftover pieces to the pot so you aren’t using brand new fruit (if you want).
How to Store Stovetop Potpourri
You can store stovetop potpourri in the refrigerator at night or when not in use, let it cool down first. Make sure to cover your pot.
How Long Does Stovetop Potpourri Last
Stovetop potpourri can be used for 2-3 days. I wouldn’t recommend too much longer than that as items start to go bad.
Can Stovetop Potpourri be used in a Slow Cooker?
YES! This is my favorite way to do it so that my stove isn’t on all day long. Place all your items in the slow cooker, cover with a lid, and put your slow cooker on high. Once it starts to simmer you can turn it down to low if you want.
Can I Drink Stovetop Potpourri
No, I would not recommend that. While most of the items are safe to eat normally, they will become bitter and not edible.
- 1 cup of fresh cranberries
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 2 sliced oranges
- 1 tablespoon of whole cloves
- 4-5 cups of water
- Place all your items into a pot.
- Add water.
- Bring to a boil.
- Once at a boil turn to simmer and let simmer for a few hours.
- Place all items in a slow cooker
- Fill the slow cooker with water. Don't overfill it.
- Turn slow cooker to high.
- Once at a simmer turn the slow cooker to low.
- Let run all day.
- Make sure to turn off the slow cooker before going to bed or leaving the house.
Do not drink your stovetop potpourri mix.
Make sure to watch your slow cooker or pot and add more water when needed, usually every couple hours for the stovetop.