Easy Simmer Pot Recipes for a Delicious Smelling Home

3 easy simmer pot recipes to fill your home with delicious aromas. From citrus and spice to scents of the tropic, these recipes are guaranteed to make your home feel cozy and smell amazing too.

3 simmer pot recipe ideas to infuse your home with delicious aromas.

There is nothing better than coming home to a deliciously inviting scent to warm the soul, even during the hottest months of the year!

A cozy home is engaging each of the five senses and that includes our sense of smell. These easy simmer pot recipes will do just that. Citrus, herbs, and spices are the perfect natural ingredients to make your whole house smell delicious & inviting all through the year. 

During the fall and winter months I always have a pot of stovetop potpourri simmering on the stove with apple slices, whole cloves, and other natural ingredients to make our home feel extra cozy.

You can find my fall crock pot potpourri recipe here and my Christmas simmer pot recipe here.

But, why not do the same for spring and summer but with fresher, lighter scents like citrus and herbs? Simmer pots are a simple, inexpensive, and a natural way to add seasonal scents (that are completely customizable) to your home. 

Preparing ingredients for simmer pot with fresh fruits and herbs.

Why You’ll Love Simmer Pots

One of my favorite things about stovetop potpourri is that it’s a great way to use up edible ingredients (typically fruit, herbs, spices) that may be old or expiring.

Maybe you made homemade lemonade with fresh lemons. Take the squeezed lemons, that you normally would have thrown away, and add them to a simmer pot. Those squeezed lemons along with other fragrant ingredients will smell delicious for days simmering on your stove!

Or maybe you made my DIY Lemon & Herb Citronella Candles. Take the lemons and the herbs once your candle has burned out, and use them in a simmer pot. 

Stovetop potpourri with fresh herbs and fruit for a fresh fragrance.

Simmer Pots are a great alternative to lighting candles, air fresheners, room sprays, or diffusers. Once you start simmering your own homemade potpourri, you will love the pleasant aroma that will permeate your home.

Here are 3 simple simmer pot recipes that will instantly make your home smell deliciously inviting!

3 of the Best Simmer Pot Recipes

Simmer pot ingredients include fresh rosemary, lemon, vanilla, and black peppercorns.

Williams-Sonoma Simmer Pot Recipe

Walk through one of my favorite stores, Williams-Sonoma and you are met with the soothing aromas of a bright citrusy scent. You can recreate that amazing simmer pot blend with this signature Williams-Sonoma simmer pot recipe that includes lemons, fresh sprigs of rosemary, vanilla, and peppercorns. 

Williams Sonoma simmer pot recipe with fresh ingredients.

Simmer Pot Ingredients

  • 3 Sprigs of Rosemary
  • Lemon Slices
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Black Peppercorns
  • 8 cups Water
Summer stovetop potpourri recipe for a fragrant home.

The Easy Recipe

In a large pot or Dutch oven, combine the rosemary, lemon, vanilla extract, and peppercorns.

Cover with water and bring to a low boil over low heat on the stove top. Continue to simmer, uncovered for up to 2 hours.

Replenish water as needed. Can be used for multiple days (keep pot covered when not simmering), as long as water level is replenished. 

Farmhouse kitchen in summer with citrus fruit and herbs.

Tropical Simmer Pot Recipe

Bring the scent of the tropics into your home with this stovetop potpourri filled with citrus fruits, pineapple, and coconut extract. The delicious aroma of this homemade potpourri will transport you to the Bahamas or the Caribbean without the cost of a plane ticket.

Tropical simmer pot ingredients with citrus and coconut extract.

Simmer Pot Ingredients

  • Lemon Slices
  • Lime Slices
  • Orange Slices
  • 1 can Pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp Coconut extract
  • 8 cups Water
Simmering pot of citrus fruit on the stove will make your home smell like the tropics.

The Easy Recipe

In a Dutch oven, combine lemon, lime, orange, pineapple juice, and coconut extract.

Cover with water and bring to a simmer over low heat. Continue to simmer, uncovered for up to 2 hours.

Replenish water as needed. Can be used for multiple days (keep pot covered when not simmering), as long as water is replenished.

Sliced limes for a stovetop potpourri for summer.

All Green Stovetop Potpourri

This all green potpourri recipe is my favorite to have simmering on the stove during the summer months. This potpourri will make your home smell fresh and clean with fresh mint, thyme, limes, and vanilla extract. 

All green simmer pot with limes, thyme, mint, and vanilla extract.

All Green Simmer Pot Ingredients

  • Lime Slices
  • 4 Sprigs Thyme
  • 2 Sprigs Mint
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 8 cups Water
All green simmer pot recipe with limes, mint, thyme, and vanilla extract.

The Easy Recipe

In a large pot or Dutch oven, combine limes, mint, thyme, and vanilla extract.

Cover with water and bring to a simmer over low heat. Continue to simmer, uncovered for up to 2 hours.

Replenish water as needed. Can be used for multiple days (keep pot covered when not simmering), as long as water level is replenished. 

Heidi of Eleanor Rose Home in the kitchen making a simmer pot recipe.

Customize Your Simmer Pot Recipe

Stovetop potpourri is completely customizable!

Use these recipes as a base or a template to create your own personalized potpourri for your home. The options of the type of fruit, herbs, and spices you use are endless.

No matter what you use, I guarantee your home will smell amazing!

3 simmer pot recipe ideas to infuse your home with delicious aromas.

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15 Comments

  1. I can hardly wait to try this. I’ve tried it in the fall and winter but never summer! Thank you for sharing it on Farmhouse Friday. Featuring it at the end of this week. Thanks for linking up! pinned

  2. Heidi, these look wonderful! I’m sure your home smells heavenly! I would love to include you in my Saturday roundup!

  3. I love this idea Heidi, and I can almost smell them through the screen. Yum! I am goingt to share your idea with my readers this weekend for my week in rewind post. I know they will love it too.

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