Fall is here and although the weather has cooled off a little down here in Texas, we don’t exactly a consistent chill. So I’m doing a few easy things to bring the autumn vibes into my home. This fall stovetop potpourri is a simple way to make the whole house smell wonderful with easy everyday ingredients that you probably have on hand already. Ready to make your own natural home scent and let the fall feels in? Keep reading, sis.

What is Stovetop Potpourri?

Stovetop potpourri, also known as simmering spices, is a combination of fresh and dried fruits, herbs, extracts, etc. that are fragrant. Add a little heat to the equation and the fragrance gets flung out into the air and can fill up the entire house. To make my fall stovetop potpourri, I basically add all the ingredients to a pot with water and turn the heat up just a little. A small saucepan fills up my 1400 square foot home for hours. This homemade simmering spices recipe can be dialed up or down depending on the size of your space and it’s completely customizable based on what’s in your fridge or spice rack. Speaking of spice racks, is your pantry organized?

What to Put in Stovetop Potpourri

  • Apple Slices
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Clove Buds
  • Lemon slices
  • Orange Slices

This is the stovetop potpourri recipe I use to make my house smell like fall and it’s basically a spiced citrus potpourri blend but you have a lot of other options to make your home smell great naturally. A few more DIY potpourri ideas to get you started: fresh or dried herbs, nutmeg, vanilla extract, dried flower petals.

Tips for Making Your Own Natural Home Scent

  • Be sure to fill the pot with enough water to cover all the stovetop potpourri ingredients.
  • Don’t leave the house or anything while this fall stovetop potpourri is bubbling away. Letting it go too long unattended can result in a scorched pot or even worse. Don’t get caught slipping.
  • It may be necessary to add water as your mixture evaporates. I recommend maintaining at least two inches of water in the pot.
  • Stovetop potpourri ingredients are super versatile. Don’t have cinnamon sticks? Use ground cinnamon. Same for cloves, nutmeg, ginger, etc. And you can use orange peels instead of full orange pieces or slices. That’s where most of the scent comes from any way.
  • When in doubt keep it simple. DIY stovetop potpourri doesn’t have to be complicated. Simmering a pot of lemon slices and water is enough to deodorize the air in your home. It’s a trick I use whenever I cook something pungent.

Are you more of a visual learner? Don’t worry, I’ve got you! Check out this video of how to make homemade stovetop potpourri for fall.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and put your own spin on it for every season and mood. And sharing is caring so be sure to pin this fall stovetop potpourri recipe to Pinterest. Thanks for reading!

P.S. more fresh home scent ideas

How to Make Fall Stovetop Potpourri

Easy Fall Stovetop Potpourri
Prep Time
5 mins

This DIY spiced citrus simmering spices combination will make your entire home smell like fall.

Servings: 1 pot
Author: Jazzmine from Dash of Jazz
  • 1 small orange cut into halves
  • 1 half lemon sliced
  • 1 half apple sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon clove buds
  • water
  1. Add orange, lemon, apple, cinnamon sticks, and clove buds to a saucepan and place on stovetop.

  2. Pour in enough water to cover all ingredients and turn heat to low to bring to a simmer.

  3. Let liquid simmer for as long as you can check on it. Add more water, as need, in order to maintain at least two inches of water in the pot.

decorative image for pinterest

decorative image for pinterest

decorative image for pinterest