Make Your Home Smell Amazing with These 3 DIY Stovetop Potpourri Scents!

DIY Stovetop Scents


Williams-Sonoma Scent:

  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • few sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns

Pumpkin Spice Simmer Pot:

  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves



Fill a pot with water and place the ingredients inside. Simmer on low and enjoy the aroma. Refill the water as needed.

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Use fresh herbs and extracts to make simple homemade stovetop potpourri. It’ll scent your house naturally! 

Does your home ever smell like yesterday’s dinner mixed with teen gym socks?

Freshen things up with these three DIY natural stove-top simmer pot scents! They’ll make your space smell super clean and wonderful! It’s a brilliant way to utilize herbs and extracts you may already even have at home. This is also a smart way to save and reuse lemon and orange peels as a way to utilize scraps of herbs and apple peels.

Just simmer and enjoy!

The idea is to bring to a boil a few cups of water along with fresh fruit, fresh herbs, and extracts.  Then simmer on low and your home will start to smell amazing. If keeping the stove on doesn’t sound preferable, consider placing ingredients in a slow cooker instead!

Here are the top 3 homemade stovetop potpourri scents that I personally enjoy using in my home!


DIY Stovetop Scents


Williams-Sonoma Scent:

  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • few sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns

Pumpkin Spice Simmer Pot:

  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves



Fill a pot with water and place the ingredients inside. Simmer on low and enjoy the aroma. Refill the water as needed.

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1.) DIY Williams Sonoma Scent

 scent stovetop potpourri

This popular DIY Williams-Sonoma Scent smells just like that glorious store! I happen to have a rosemary plant in my backyard so I’ll be making this one a lot.

sliced lemons and rosemary on a cutting board


2.) Pumpkin Spice Stovetop Potpourri

3.) Merry Christmas Stovetop Potpourri

pot with stove top potpourri

Get your home holiday-ready with this glorious smell. My favorite simmer pot is this holiday scent. The clove and cinnamon smell so great together and it really does smell like Christmas! Plus, this one is so pretty and festive looking.

woman holding stove top potpourri jar and pot


Have fun and create scents using things that naturally grow around where you are. The best part is you can improvise and come up with your own variations too.

I’ve kept these for a couple of days at a time in a pot on the stove and turned it on when I’m home.

What’s your favorite stovetop potpourri scent that you use? Be sure to share in the comments to inspire us all! 

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 54

  1. Julie

    I have used cinnamon sticks, cloves, vanilla and apples and it smells wonderful for fall! I’m really excited to get some rosemary and try the Williams-Sonoma one. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Jenna

      Thanks for this!! I’ve got tons of apples but not any citrus fruits on hand. 🙂

      • shanti windee

        So you need to boil it everytime you wanna have the smell from this mix?and how will you store it?in a glass jar and in the refrigerator?
        Thank you😄

        • Sara

          One use and done sorry. Throw ur mix in a boiling pot. KEEP ADDING WATER. Discard when ir finished smelling good. Can not reuse the muck left in the lot

  2. Valerie

    Want to try the William Sonoma but don’t have fresh rosemary. Does it work with dried rosemary?

    • jenn

      definitely try it, and make sure to rub the dried rosemary in your hands before adding it to the water. the warmth will help “wake up” the essential oils. 🙂

  3. Ashlee

    I think my son and I will make bags of these with instructions for his teachers as Christmas gifts. Thanks!

    • mel

      I was thinking that too, but now I am not sure b/c of the fresh fruit slices & vanilla extract?

      • Betty

        My sister was broke last year and made this for me for Christmas. She dehydrated slices of oranges and apples in the oven to use in the mixture. It turned out wonderful and pretty! Also, you can get whole cinnamon sticks at the dollar store, along with whole allspice…which smells great too.

        • bea

          could you mix the oranges, limes with vanilla extract before dehydrating them so this way you get the vanilla smell in the mix, making it easier to give as presents or do you think it will be too sloppy? I will try it this weekend and let everyone know if this works!

      • Bobbi

        You could use whole oranges to make the “Christmas scent” bag. There is no vanilla to add for that one.

        • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

          Great idea! 🙂

      • Ashlee

        I am planning on doing the Christmas scent one with whole oranges and instructions to slice orange before dumping in pot.

  4. picchu

    Thanks a lot for sharing!! Great tips!!

  5. Megan

    How funny…..I was just looking these up on pinterest earlier today! Thanks for posting this Collin!!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)


  6. Pharmchick

    Can you share how this works in a slow cooker? Just dump it all and plug it in? Low or high? Sorry for the qs! It’s just that it’s prob less electricity for me to use it vs the stove plus I usually always have something on all my stove burners. Tia!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I would try it on high until you can smell it and then switch to low. Just add more water if it evaporates 🙂 Thanks!

      • Pharmchick

        Great, I will! Thanks!!

  7. Jen

    LOVE IT!!!

  8. justme

    I was just at Williams-Sonoma on Saturday and thinking how I would love for my house to have that smell! I’m so glad you posted this because I’m doing this tonight! Thanks!

  9. Julie

    I make my own all purpose cleaner. I added cinnamon bark essential oils to it for “holiday” cleaning; it smells good!!

    • Julie

      What do you use for your all purpose cleaner?
      I use vinegar that had orange peels, and sometimes dilute with water to a max ratio of 1:1.

      • Julie

        I use 2 cups water, 1 cup vinegar, and ? drops of essential oil (I drop until it smells good lol); I add in a drop of dawn if I am doing heavy cleaning. I also make my own dusting cloths using: 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups water, 2 teaspoons olive oil and citrus rinds. I soak the rags in the solution anywhere from a few minutes to a few days….wring them out and then layer them in a container with citrus rinds.

        • Julie


        • paula hamlin

          julie i make my cleaning supplies exactly the same way! found that i could get all sorts of essential oils from walmart at a way better price than the pricey vitamin shops. peppermint, cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemon and orange are favorites!

    • Cortnee

      Would you mind sharing your all purpose recipe?!

  10. jenn

    i love the natural scents! so much better than the fake smells. 😀

  11. erin

    If you want to do it several days in a row, do you have to dump it out and start over… or just add more of the ingredients to the pot?

  12. maflies1

    We heat with a wood stove in our living room, which I have a decorative tea kettle on. I leave the lid off so as to get more moisture in the air. Can’t wait to try some of these ideas. Have two mint plants that I brought in for the winter, one spearmint, other ? LOL Love these ideas!

  13. Joan

    I made these last year as presents. You can freeze them until you want to use even if in glass jars.

  14. Esti

    This sounds great. Do you think that this could be reused once made (within a short time span)?

  15. T Smith

    I wonder how long it would last if you prepared this then vacuum sealed it in a mason jar to give as a gift. Has anyone tried that?

  16. J Scully

    I once had a lemon basil candle that I loved but can’t find anymore. Does anyone have a recipe for this?

  17. Jane M. Hamilton

    Does anyone know how to make a cinnamon broom or how to refresh an older one?

    • Charity Miller

      Jane, Cracker barrel sells oil to add to the cinnamon broom. It is usually hanging on the barrel nex too the broom.

  18. Diane Gauthier, Québec city

    Nov 11,I just tried your recipe for lemon scent and rosemary,vanilla and my home smells lovely even if I cooked brocoli last evening.Can I reuse it several times and to do this, can I bottle it in a container for a few days and keep it in the fridge?

  19. Nina

    If using the crockpot, is the recipe simply putting all the ingredients (lemons/limes, cinnamon sticks, cranberries, vanilla, etc) in a crockpot full of water and simmer for a few hours with the top on or off?

    • carrie

      I simmer with lid on until everything warms up (about 30min). Then remove the lid and enjoy as it simmers and releases the scent.

      • Nina

        Thank you Carrie!

  20. Loree

    I have always done this in my home. They smell wonderful. When my children were little they would come home front school and ask, “is it for smelling or eating?”. Makes the whole house smell lovely!!!

  21. Rita

    These all sound GREAT!! Can’t wait to smell them… what a wonderful way to introduce natural scents in the home.

  22. Tsehaye

    I love fall season for what it is. A season of Thanksgiving with all the Holiday fragrances. I am going to try your suggestions. Thank you so much!!!

  23. Laurence

    Oh my god! I have an abundance of herbs & citrus fruit & I cannot wait to try. I can smell it already. It seems to be the most beautiful way to freshened a room or home. Thank you

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I agree! Enjoy 🙂

  24. Sara

    How do you store it? Or do you make a fresh batch each day?

  25. Barbara

    i was browsing the other night and saw where you (or someone) had gift tags and instructions that you could print out. Of course now I can’t find it again. Can anyone direct me to the right place? Thanks!

  26. Kate

    So perfect for me! I’m decorating for Christmas (–had a hard time getting into the spirit until today), and wanted to use up an old orange and freezer-burnt cranberries. Carols on Pandora, the wonderful Christmas scent in my crockpot… I’m ready to wrap that pile of presents!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh wonderful! Enjoy Kate!

  27. Debby

    I have been doing this in a mini crockpot made for potpourri. I just pour it into a mason jar at the end of each use and store in refrigerator. I have re-used it up to a week or as long as the scent lasts. The citrus goes brown first, so I just replace that and re-use the whole spices.

  28. Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

    Sure! Sounds like a good idea 👍

  29. Curtis

    Hi Lina.

    I just wrote an article about using stove top potpourri as an air freshener and I featured one of your recipes in it.

    I listed your Citrus Mint recipe as my #4 recipe. You can see the list here:

    I credited the recipe to your blog post. Let me know if that’s okay.


  30. Britney

    I’m so excited that I came across your scent recipes! If you have anymore, I would love to try them.
    I love the idea of using my crockpot for it.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Britney for being here! Enjoy! 🙂

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