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How to Make Potpourri on the Stove Top

Once the weather becomes chilly, I tend to enjoy spending more time at home, indoors. When the sun goes down and temperatures drop, I’d rather stay cozy indoors. One of my favorite things to do in fall is make potpourri on the stove top. It’s so simple, but makes your home smell amazing for days.

easy way to make your home smell good - stove top potpourri

A great playlist, a little potpourri and a cozy throw are all you really need to get through a chilly day. It helps pass the time and make days feel a little brighter. It seems to inspire me to organize, cook and maybe even clean!

fall potpourri recipe

Any time someone walks through the door and I have potpourri simmering in the kitchen, they always comment on how amazing our home smells. It gets you in the mood for the season.

how to make potpourri on the stove top | fall potpourri recipe

How to make your house smell good, actually, really amazing.

You could of course bake cookies, I will never fault you for that, but baking every day isn’t easy on the hips. So, I throw together a quick stove top potpourri and warm it off and on for days. Yes, it lasts for days! Sometimes I’ll even add a little more water to it to keep it going.

how to make potpourri on the stove top | fall potpourri recipe

Fall Spice Potpourri

Prep Time 3 mins Total Time 3 mins


  • cinnamon sticks
  • cloves
  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 4 c water


Fill pot with water.

Add cinnamon sticks, cloves, apple and pear slices.

Simmer over low heat.

Recipe Notes

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6 comments on “How to Make Potpourri on the Stove Top”

  1. This sounds heavenly! Do you refrigerate it between uses?

  2. Julie the aroma is floating all the way over here to my house!

  3. Do you just dump it in the trash when you are done? It seems like having a burner on for no reason would be a waste of energy… Not that that would be a deal breaker for me! With a dog and two litter boxes, we need all the help we can get, smell-wise.

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