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Fall Stovetop Potpourri: Simmer Pot Recipe

With this Fall Stovetop Potpourri you are 5 minutes away from your home smelling like the coziness of fall baking!

So what are your thoughts on home smells?  For me, having a home that smells good when you walk in is really important. That may sound weird, but I wouldn’t be able to stand it if someone came into my home and hated the smell.  I mean, our home is busy…I have 3 busy kids with friends who are here all the time, we have a puppy and a cat, so needless to say I worry that things could get a little stinky.

I like to have the windows and doors open (that’s the country girl in me), but there are times when I just want to get the whole house smelling a little fresher.  But I don’t like to use home sprays and things like that because I’m bothered by their intense smell, so I prefer to use more natural ways to add scent.  This is where homemade stovetop potpourris are really nice. Sometimes they’re also called simmer pots.

Stovetop Potpourris are a simple way to make your home smell amazing!

Homemade potpourris (or simmer pots) are SO easy to make, and most of the time the ingredients you need to make them are right there in your own home already.  Really, if you have some cinnamon and vanilla on hand, you have an instant home deodorizer.

Fall Potpourri simmering on the stovetop

Make a Fall Stovetop Potpourri

For fall, this simple potpourri is great…when it simmers it smells like you have an apple pie in the oven.  The only problem with that is you will suddenly crave a slice of apple pie, but you won’t actually have one.  Sad face.  But at least your home will smell delicious and cozy!  Place your potpourri pot on the back burner and let it simmer on the lowest setting.  Within minutes you will be enjoying the warm and comforting scents of vanilla and cinnamon. Potpourris are also great to make about a half hour before you have guests come over…your home will smell amazing.

Recipe Tips:

  • Simmer not boil! Simmering is heat just below boiling…so the mixture should lightly rumble (gently bubble), not boil
  • What kind of pot to use? I just use a medium sized saucepan.
  • Lid on or off? Keep the lid off…simmer pots need to release their lovely scent into the room.
  • Stovetop: Let this mixture simmer on the back burner of your stove on the LOWEST setting, for a couple of hours.
  • Slow Cooker: Feel free to let this mixture simmer in a slow cooker on low.
  • Spices: I like to use cinnamon sticks and cloves, but you can also add a pinch of nutmeg and ginger! A sprig of rosemary is nice too!
  • Food Waste Tip: You can also make this simmer pot with only the peels of the apples and lemons, making it a great way to repurpose food waste.
  • Water Level: When the water level gets low, just top it up with fresh water.
  • Make one before guest arrive! Start your simmer pot about 30 minutes before your guest arrive.
  • How long will the simmer pot last? I will use the same simmer pot for 1 or 2 days, just topping it up with fresh water when it gets low. But I like to make a brand new one after about 2 days.

Fall Stovetop Potpourri

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With this Fall Stovetop Potpourri you are 5 minutes away from your home smelling like the coziness of fall baking!


  • 1/2 lemon (sliced thin)
  • 1/2 an apple (sliced)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (or 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon)
  • 2 tbsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • water


  1. Put all of the ingredients into a medium sized saucepan and top up with water.
  2. Simmer on the lowest setting and enjoy!

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If you like this potpourri recipe, you might also like this recipe for a Christmas Stovetop Potpourri!

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Happy Fall Y’all!

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  1. Ok where was This recipe my whole life???? I’m OBSESSED. But a little sad because it smells like I’m baking a pie 🤣😅

  2. How long can I keep this for on my stovetop? I’ve read somewhere that stovetop potpourri can last up to two weeks, is that true?

    1. They don’t last that long…I have found that they’re best used in 1-3 days. You will notice when the smell changes and you need to replace the ingredients. Just make sure to keep topping it up with water for the longest effect.