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Simmering Stovetop Potpourri To Make Your House Smell Like Christmas…Naturally With 5 Ingredients

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Want your house to smell like Christmas? This easy stovetop potpourri recipe will make your house smell like Christmas!

You want to search your Kitchen for these ingredients right now. It’s that good.

make your house smell like Christmas

You want to search your Kitchen for these ingredients right now.

It’s that good.

Yes, it will make your house smell like Christmas.

No, you don’t only have to use this recipe around the Holidays.

Have guests come to your house in March? Selling your home but want to make it feel warm and cozy?

No problem!

Whip this up and they will be so cozy in your home they will never want to leave.


I’ve been using versions of this recipe for YEARS.

People walk in the down and they start “MMMmmmm”-ing and “What’s that delightful smell?” and “It smells like Christmas!”

Try it.

It’s SO EASY!!

Make Your House Smell Like Christmas

Smells like Christmas Ingredients-2

To Make Your House Smell Like Christmas, You Need:

orange slices

whole cranberries

cinnamon sticks

whole cloves


You can also add– ground nutmeg, star anise, sliced lemons

Christmas Ingredients-2

Stovetop Potpourri To Make Your House Smell Like Christmas

This is my favorite simmering potpourri recipe! It’s so easy.

Just throw all the ingredients in the pot!

I usually fill the pot halfway with water. I don’t measure this recipe. Sorry. I know. I know. Some of you are giving me the stink eye. It will smell amazing regardless. Promise!

stovetop potpourri with oranges cranberries cloves

Simmer on the stove.

I usually start it on medium and turn it down once it starts to boil.

You could also (this is an affiliate link) consider purchasing a small crockpot to simmer this yummy-smelling deliciousness.


It does smell amazing simmering on the stove.

It does not smell amazing BURNING on your stove.

I hope you love this simmering potpourri recipe as much as we do!


Can I Drink This?

It’s basically apple cider without the cider, so while you can, I never have. If you try it, let me know!

How long can I simmer potpourri?

Your simmering stovetop potpourri should last 24 hours on the stovetop. If you use peels and spices, it can last up to four days though.

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Tuesday 12th of November 2019

How long can you keep the same pot before making a new pot?


Wednesday 13th of November 2019

I empty the pot each night.


Friday 11th of December 2015

This is a great idea! I'm going to get it going today. And I really love your blog design! So cute.

Whitney at Beauty in the Mess

Saturday 12th of December 2015

It smells so yummy! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!

And thank you for your sweet words about my blog design.