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30 Amazing Simmer Pot Recipes for Every Season

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Keep your home smelling amazing all year round using these 30 simmer pot recipes! These simmering potpourri ideas are a fabulous way to freshen up your home!

Making your home smell amazing is just as important as decorating it and simmer pots are one of the most frugal ways to do it!

In terms of quality, you won’t be trading anything compared to store-bought potpourri, scented candles, and other types of air fresheners.

Those are usually full of artificial perfume and other chemicals so making a simmer pot is the better option for your health as well, not just your budget!


What Are Simmer Pots Or Stove-Top Potpourri?

Simmer pots are regular pots filled with water and various ingredients that need to bubble gently on the stove-top to release amazing scents into your home and freshen up the air.

What can I boil to make my house smell good?

Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, and limes are very popular ingredients in simmering potpourri recipes but so are herbs such as rosemary and lavender, as well as spices.

Safe to say, you can easily customize a simmer pot to your liking and you can even prepare the combination of dry ingredients in advance and store them in jars or bags until they’re ready to use or even give them as gifts and party favors!

Tips & Tricks For Using Simmer Pots

An slow-cooker or Crock-Pot can be very convenient especially if you are already cooking on the stove-top and there is no space available for your simmer pot.

Keep in mind that regardless if you use the stove top or a small Crock-Pot you will still need to regularly check the simmering potpourri and add more water if necessary.

Once they cool down and you drain the excess water you can refrigerate your simmer pot ingredients and reuse them several times. Simply add a few more fresh spices every time you heat them up to keep the scents strong enough to fill your home.

How can I make my house smell good with orange peels?

Stove-top potpourri is quite frugal, and even more if you think ahead and store the peels from oranges, lemons, apples, and pears instead of discarding them.

You can keep them in the freezer and use them as needed. Also, keep an eye out for outdated spices on sale at your local grocery stores. You might not be able to eat them but they will be perfect for your simmer pots!

What can I boil to freshen the air?

There are so many possible combinations of stove-top potpourri you can create and just as many types of scents from fruity to spicy or herbal.

To get you started on your homemade simmer pot adventures, here are some of my favorite stove top potpourri recipes that will hopefully convince you to make your own.


Recipes for Simmering Potpourri

Fresh Simmer Pot Recipes

This simmer pot recipe smells fruity and herbal at the same time. It will give your home a fresh and clean scent everyone will love!

Orange Juniper Rosemary Pot Simmer from

Making your own stove-top potpourri is super easy and this post will teach you everything you need to know and more.

How To Make Potpourri from

Lavender is known for its calming and stress-relieving properties so don’t hesitate to use it in your simmer pots when you want to relax.

Lemon Lavender Herb Simmer Pot from

What can you do with a bouquet of roses that are starting to fade? Use the petals in a simmer pot along with other herbs to make your own all-natural air freshener.

Rose Eucalyptus Simmering Potpourri from

The smell of lilac is subtle and very popular in potpourri recipes. Click the link to learn how to dry and preserve lilac flowers without destroying their scent so you can have them on hand for your simmer pots!

How To Make Lilac Potpourri from

Fall Simmer Pot Recipes

Welcome the fall season with one of these fabulous fall simmer pot recipes!


Make your home smell like fall without breaking a sweat with this easy 3 ingredient simmering potpourri recipe.

DIY Simmering Potpourri from

Here’s a more complex autumn simmering potpourri recipe that turns fruits and spices into a wonderfully smelling concoction that will fill up your home.

Autumn-Scented Stove Top Air Freshener from

This simmer pot seems like a professionally-made mix as it contains a richness of ingredients including apple, lemon, & orange slices, but also plenty of spices such as cinnamon sticks, cloves, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. Herbs are not forgotten either as your pot will slowly release mild scents of rosemary, thyme, and bay leaves.

Fall Simmering Potpourri from

You can easily use your Crock-Pot for your simmering potpourri and this recipe has been created with that in mind. The smell of oranges, apples, rosemary, and cinnamon is absolutely delightful!

Apple Cinnamon Potpourri Crock Pot Recipe from

The delicious scent of fall is enriched in this stove-top recipe for simmering potpourri by the pumpkin pie spice.

Autumn Slow Cooker Simmer Pot from

This fall homemade potpourri recipe has the option of using apple cider instead of water, which is definitely worth trying.

Fall Stove-top Potpourri Recipe from

Here’s a clever idea. Dry your potpourri ingredients first and store them in jars for later use or simply to give them as gifts.

DIY Fall Stove-top Potpourri from

Crabapples make an excellent ingredient for fall simmering potpourri and you can use the ones that are past their prime. It doesn’t matter for simmering anyway.

Scents Of Fall Simmer Pot Recipe from

This post contains two different fall recipes: pumpkin spice and apple pie. I’m sure both smell amazing.

Fall Simmering Potpourri Recipes from

If you enjoy stronger scents this recipe contains cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and cloves so your potpourri will have a spicy kick that might trick your family into thinking that you’re baking!

Make An Intoxicating Fall Stove Top Potpourri from

Christmas Simmer Pot Recipes

If you’ve ever wondered, “what can I boil to make my house smell like Christmas?” then these recipes are for you!


Christmas is the perfect time to heat up a simmer pot on the stove. The warm holiday scent will bring the Christmas spirit into your home thanks to the seasonal spices used such as star anise, cloves, and fresh pine along with cranberries, and oranges.

Simmering Christmas Potpourri from

Keep in mind you can always prepare a potpourri mix as a gift and this post will teach you how to make it perfect for Christmas.

Christmas Simmering Spices from

Cranberries, oranges, lemons, as well as spices, will release a lovely scent perfect for Christmas eve and family gatherings during the holidays.

Homemade Potpourri For The Holidays from

I love the idea of adding fir tree branches to a winter simmer pot, this ingredient is perfect for the cold season!

Winter Simmer Pot from

This Christmas Crock-Pot potpourri looks so good you could eat it, and you probably can. A complex mix of winter fruit, herbs, and spices including mint that will give your simmer pot a refreshing smell perfect if someone in your family has a cold or the flu.

DIY Holiday Crock-Pot Potpourri from

Pine needles are another excellent ingredient for a Christmas potpourri especially if you live in an area where they are readily available.

Christmas Stove-top Potpourri from

It looks like stove-top potpourri makes a wonderful gift idea and you can learn how to make your own by visiting the link below. I think you can also use them as Christmas party favors!

Stove Top Potpourri Gift Idea & Free Printable from

Dry potpourri can last a long time when stored properly and the guide blow has all the information you need on how to dry the ingredients as well as three different potpourri mixes. When the time comes, just dump the ingredients in a small pot, add water, and simmer!

Homemade Dry Holiday Potpourri from

Spiced coffee pot simmer, cran-apple spice pot simmer, and citrus juniper pot simmer sound like amazing simmer pot recipes for the cold season. I particularly like the coffee-scented one, it sounds unique and perfect for Christmas morning.

3 Holiday Pot Simmer Recipes from

Spring Simmer Pot Recipes

Looking for a fresh scent to spread throughout your house this spring? Check out these recipes!

The smell of spring can be quite invigorating, especially after a long winter. This easy lemon & rosemary stove-top recipe will make your home smell great and get rid of any unpleasant odors.

Fresh Lemon And Rosemary Stove-top Potpourri from

Sometimes keeping things simple is best and this spring simmer pot made with fresh lemons, oranges, and rosemary proves my point!

Easy Citrus & Rosemary Simmer Pot from

Limes have their unique scent that combined with rosemary will make your home smell amazing during the spring season.

Lime & Rosemary Fresh Simmer Pot from

If you’re running out of inspiration for your spring simmering potpourri, check out this post. It offers three different recipes and you will have a difficult time choosing between them. My favorite is definitely the lime, mint, ginger and thyme simmer pot recipe. What’s yours?

3 Spring Stove Top Potpourri Recipes from

This simmer pot recipe uses dry ingredients (with instructions on how to dehydrate them) but also essential oils to give the mixture a stronger and longer-lasting scent.

Uplifting Rosemary Citrus Pot Simmer from

Oranges and ginger are the perfect simmer pot combination for spring but I think this scent is great for all year round, so this recipe is truly a simmer pot staple assuming that’s a thing!

Citrus Simmering Pot from

So, what do you think? Find any that sound like the scent you’re craving? I know I did! I can’t wait to try some of these in our home this year.

Let me know which one’s your favorite in the comments below! 🙂



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