12 Stovetop Potpourri Recipes for Spring and Summer

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Around the winter holidays, you may gift or be gifted a stovetop potpourri that’s filled with cinnamon sticks, cranberries, oranges, and cloves. But what happens when the snow melts and the holidays are over? The good news is that you can still enjoy stovetop potpourri all year long. We’ve collected twelve potpourri recipes that fit right in with the spring and summer months.

Why stovetop potpourri?

Trying to get your home to smell just the way you like it can be a never-ending endeavor. Candles, plug-ins, and aerosol room fresheners are not only expensive, but they are packed with unknown ingredients, synthetic dyes, and hazardous chemicals. Homemade stovetop potpourri enables you to come up with your own custom scents with natural ingredients that can be found at your local grocery store.

So how does it work?

Although there are endless stovetop potpourri recipes, the general principle is the same: toss the ingredients into a pot or pan and simmer them on medium-low heat, replenishing water as needed. Keep a careful eye on the water levels of the potpourri to make sure the contents don’t burn. You can also pour the potpourri into a slow cooker for a long-lasting scent. Use the timer or delayed start feature on your slow cooker so that you can come home to a heavenly-smelling abode after a long day of work.

To reuse the potpourri, pour the contents into a mason jar or other airtight container and store in the refrigerator. When stored properly, fresh potpourri can be reused two or three additional times.

Scent-sational Recipes for Spring

A Transition of Thyme

This concoction of cozy cinnamon and springtime citrus is perfect for that transitional time from winter to spring.

  • 2 sliced lemons
  • 2 sprigs of mint
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups of water

Clean and Pristine

Simmer this recipe while you perform your annual spring cleaning for an invigorating refresh.

  • 2 sliced lemons
  • 2 stalks of rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 4 cups of water

Ginger Solstice

This recipe wakes up your senses and revitalizes your home for sunny new beginnings.

  • ¼ cup of sliced ginger root
  • 2 sliced oranges
  • 4 cups of water

Lime Sunshine

A bright and clean scent that shoos away the winter blues.

  • 3 sliced limes
  • 3 sprigs of mint
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • ¼ cup of sliced ginger root
  • 4 cups of water

Mint to be Grapefruit

This recipe gives off a crisp and awakening aroma, the perfect salute to clear spring mornings.

  • 2 sliced grapefruits
  • 2 sprigs of mint
  • ¼ cup of sliced ginger root
  • 4 cups of water

Berry Bliss

  • A warm, cozy, yet fresh fragrance for those whose nose prefers a deeper-scented palette.
  • 4 sliced strawberries
  • 4-6 raspberries or black berries
  • 4 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • 4 cups of water

Summertime Potpourri that Just Makes Scents

Orange Dreamsicle

This classic combination only requires three ingredients and will have you feeling nostalgic of popsicles and running through the sprinklers.

  • 2 sliced oranges
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla
  • 4 cups of water

Strawberry Releaf

It's fruity, it’s refreshing, it’s a scent that reminds you of sitting poolside on a warm day.

  • 2 sliced limes
  • 4 sliced strawberries
  • 2 stalks of basil
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 4 cups of water

Mint Mojito

Bring the beach home with a scent that embodies a classic summertime drink.

  • 3 sliced limes
  • 3 sprigs of mint
  • 3 tablespoons of vanilla
  • 4 cups of water

Pampered in Paradise

A generous amount of coconut extract will give your home instant tropical vacation vibes.

  • 2 sliced lemons
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut extract
  • 3-4 sliced strawberries
  • 4 cups of water

Pineapple Delight

Are you in Hawaii or at home? This potpourri recipe will have you second guessing.

  • 1 can of pineapple juice
  • ½ of a lime, sliced
  • ½ of a lemon, sliced
  • ½ of an orange, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut extract
  • 4 cups of water

Pink Lemonade

A perfect balance of tangy and sweet, this recipe is ready to be your summertime favorite.

  • 4 sliced strawberries
  • 4-6 red raspberries
  • 2 sliced lemons
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 4 cups of water

 

Which DIY stovetop potpourri recipe are you going to try this spring and summer? Show us how you create your homemade aroma by tagging us on Instagram at @walkeredisonco.


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