It’s time to make your house smell amazing! Using a simmer pot to boil spices, orange peels, sliced apples, and more is an easy and natural way to fill your home with festive fall and holiday fragrances.

Many of those amazing-smelling fall-scented candles you can find on almost every store aisle this time of year have petroleum-based ingredients. As good as those candles may make my house smell, I try to steer clear of petroleum-based products in my home, as much as possible.

When I want my house to smell like fall, I turn to simmer pot recipes and essential oils to get the job done, in a healthier, more inexpensive way!

collage of fruits and spices to put in simmer pot

“A change of season calls for a change of scent that is both energizing and refreshing.” — Hannah Bronfman

Confession time: I have this fear that a guest will walk into our home and say, “What is that horrible smell?”.

Read this amazing post on DIY Fall Scents, to make your home smell like fall. It turns out that nature has some pretty fabulous-smelling spices, herbs, and foods that will make your home smell just the way you want it to for fall and the holidays.

What Are Simmer Pot Recipes?

lemon and orange slices and berries in pot

If you are wondering “what is a simmer pot?”, I completely understand!

Basically, it’s a bubbling stovetop potpourri. You can use a traditional simmer pot that you buy at the store, a crockpot, or if you are home, then make it on the stove (on low heat).

What to Put in Your Simmer Pot

Toss orange peels, spices, and more into a pot of water on the stove, then turn the pot on, and let it simmer. Before you know it, your pot of simmering fruits, spices, etc add fragrance to every single room in your home.

This  is a natural and fun way to dress up the scent of your home. They are addictive, trust me!

Also, check out these orange peel hacks, they will blow your mind!

I am always up for trying new simmering pot recipes that will make our home smell amazing. With so many possible simmer pot combinations, the fragrance options are nearly endless.

Simply toss the ingredients into a pot, add water, turn on your stove, and rich, warm, spice-filled scents make your home very inviting!

Once you have exhausted the obvious things to use as homemade potpourri, then you can try one of these sweet smelling ideas…

Best & Easy Simmer Pot Recipes for Autumn

These simmer potpourri recipes will fill your home with delicious smells and a few other benefits, as well. Find your new favorite sweet smelling recipe down below.

This vast variety of simmering pot recipes will truly transform your home. There’s something for everyone on this list, so you will easily find a mix the entire family will love.

1. Cold and Flu Fighting Stovetop Potpourri

lemon slices, cinnamon sticks

This simmer pot recipe is great to simmer on the stovetop when someone in your home is sick. It’s comforting, soothing, and healing to the body as you breathe it in.

Citrus, rosemary, clove, cinnamon, and eucalyptus are an unbeatable germ-fighting combination and are often found together in essential oil blends. This stovetop recipe is a great way to stay healthy over the winter months!


2. Fall Crock Pot Recipe for Potpourri 

pears, oranges, cinnamon sticks

Simmer pots aren’t just for the simmer pots. Check out this easy, chemical-free autumn slow cooker simmer pot recipe. Instead of the stove, they created their simmer pot in the slow cooker. Using the slow cooker means you don’t have to replenish the water supply quite as often.

I love this idea and the ingredients—apples, oranges, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon sticks. This combination will surely dress up the scent of your home this year. 

And if you store it in an airtight container when you’re not actively simmering it, it will last for as long as four days! 


3. Citrus Scented Simmer Pot

orange slices in pot

Get a burst of energy with this citrus simmering pot recipe. The orange and ginger together add an invigorating fragrance that is so fresh and clean. Pop the mixture into a pretty mason jar, and you have a beautiful gift you can share!

This recipe is not only perfect for the fall, it’s great for any time of the year.


4. Stovetop Potpourri with Pears

apples slices, cinnamon sticks

This pear apple simmer pot recipe is really good! You get that sweet, fruity aroma, paired with the warm and comforting scent of clove and cinnamon. As an alternative to simmering it in a pot, you can also use it as a dry potpourri.

This is one of my favorite fall simmering potpourri recipes. And it would make a splendid gift for someone who loves the scents of fall and winter!

5. Fragrant Homemade Potpourri with Dried Fruit

fruit slices, cinnamon sticks

Give the gift of dried fruit and spices so that loved ones can put it in a pan with water to create their own simmer pots for their homes this season.

Homemade potpourri makes a great gift that is thoughtful, affordable, and unique. You can customize the potpourri in many different ways to match your loved one’s favorite scents.

6. Holiday Simmering Potpourri Recipe

orange slices on platter

Get ready for the holidays with a festive citrus simmer pot recipe. Cloves, anise, dried oranges, and more give this a citrus and spiced scent. And it’s so easy to make!

If you want to give this potpourri mix as a gift, there are printable gift tags that explain to the receiver how to use their gifted simmer pot ingredients!

7. DIY Christmas Potpourri for Your Simmer Pot

berries in pot

This homemade potpourri includes a free printable label to use to create your own gift of simmering potpourri. The red cranberries add a beautiful touch of holiday color. And the lovely, long-lasting fragrance is the perfect addition to your home this holiday season.

As a bonus, this potpourri simmer pot recipe is perfect for holiday get-togethers! You can leave it simmering in the background, adding a comforting element to your gathering.

8. Winter Pine Simmering Pot 

evergreen branches, orange slices in pot

Oh, I love this winter simmering pot recipe. It really feels like you bring the outdoors in, as the pine scent plays off of the spices and citrus. It’s a simple way to make your home smell amazing, and you’re doing so without the use of harmful chemicals.

If you have an artificial tree, this is a homemade potpourri recipe you definitely want to use to give your home the feeling of a real, live Christmas tree.

9. Stovetop Potpourri Idea

berries, lemon slices in stove top pan

This stovetop potpourri is not only super pretty, but it will make your home smell like Christmas in minutes. She even shares tips on how to give this as a gift to loved ones. They’ll love the scents of orange, cranberry, cloves, and cinnamon!

10. Homemade Orange Spice Potpourri

pine cones and orange slices

Orange spice potpourri is a very popular scent, as oranges work really well in a simmering pot, and they help bring out the fragrance of the spices you used to go with it. This potpourri is another simmer pot recipe that would make an excellent Christmas gift for a loved one.

11. Fall Simmer Pot Recipe

apple and orange slices, whole cloves

This fall simmer pot recipe gives you a hint of apple, cinnamon, clove, and more. Ahhhh, I can smell it right now!

It’s an amazing combination that helps to give your home a holiday season vibe in just a few minutes. You’ll want to mix up a batch this afternoon!

12. Simmering Christmas Potpourri

berries, lemon slices in pot of water

Can’t wait till Christmas? I get it! This simmering pot Christmas recipe uses a handful of citrus fruits, cranberries, and more to really capture the scents of the season.

If you put up an artificial tree, but miss the smell of a real live tree, this recipe will more than make up for it!

Simmer Pot Recipes to Make Your Home Smell Amazing This Fall & Winter

Aren’t these simmer pot recipes simply beautiful to look at? Not only do they look amazing, but they will make your house smell unbelievably fragrant and festive.

Simmer pot recipes are an easy way to sprinkle the fragrance of the season throughout every room in your home. I love that it takes minimal effort–beyond dumping a few household ingredients into a kitchen pot, and covering them with water. It’s a simple, cost-effective, and healthy way to enjoy the wonderful scents that make fall and winter so special.

Since there is such a wide variety of ingredients in each of these recipes, you are sure to find a favorite for every member of your family. You can use a citrus blend one day, and a pine blend the next. You can easily vary the scent based on your mood, the temperature outdoors, or the activities you have going on that day.

Which of these simmer pot blends are you most excited about trying first? 

collage of fruits and spices

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