Scent your whole home with an easy holiday stovetop simmer!
I’m a huge fan of holiday scented candles. I just love the warm and cozy scents during this time of year! But let’s face it, candles are expensive.
Even when I buy them, I hesitate to burn them because I don’t want to replace them.
So when I’m not burning one of my many candles, I’m scenting my home with a stovetop simmer!
What is a pot simmer?
Simply put, a pot simmer is a combination of kitchen ingredients, typically fruit, herbs, and spices, thrown together in a large pot of water to scent your home naturally.
I started doing this in the Fall to make our home smell nice and cozy, and I’ve been obsessed ever since.
The scent lasts all day and still lingers a bit even after you turn the stove off.
Why you’ll love stovetop simmers:
- It’ll get you into a cleaning mood. The aroma gives you the boost you need to power through household chores.
- It’s a stovetop air-freshener. It helps to get rid of unwanted odors, making your house smell amazing!
- It’s cheap and easy. Most of the ingredients you’ll use you probably already have on hand making it a lot cheaper than buying candles, and perfect for every season.
Holiday Simmer Ingredients
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1-2 rosemary sprigs
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 3-5 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tbsp whole cloves
- 1 tsp nutmeg
How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas
First, fill a large pot with water and add all of your ingredients.
Then, turn the stove on medium heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce to low heat and refill with water as needed.
I start every pot simmer in the morning and let it simmer all day long. I’ll eventually turn it off once I start cooking dinner because the cooking smells will just overpower the pot scent anyway.
Can you reuse a pot simmer?
Absolutely! Put a lid on your pot at night and add fresh water in the morning!
I can usually use my pot simmers for about three consecutive days before I have to toss the ingredients and make a new one. Happy Holiday Homemaking!
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Brittany Martin11/23 at 7:40 AM
When you say whole cloves, whole cloves of what? This looks heavenly!
Danielle Skeaton11/26 at 9:49 AM
You can find cloves in the spice aisle at any grocery store! They come in ground or whole. Grab the whole cloves because they’re better for fragrance.