Stovetop Fall Potpourri

No messy waxes, chemical sprays, or expensive diffusers here. With just a few easy ingredients, you'll soon have a house filled with the crisp fragrance of fall.
Stovetop potpourri is one of the prevailing smells of my childhood. I have vivid memories of walking in the door from school and being greeted by the divine scent of simmering cinnamon and fragrant apples.
With this potpourri, you don't have to change wax cubes or make sure you have obscure ingredients on hand. All you need is two minutes and a few pantry staples, and you're on your way to having a home that smells unmistakably like fall.
1 apple, sliced
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. maple extract (vanilla would work, too)
2 c. water
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer on the stovetop. My range cooks hot, so I have to add water after a couple hours, but yours may last much longer depending on the heat level. Just make sure you don't cook the water out; that is not a pleasant smell.
My house always smells wonderful for the next couple of days after I simmer this potpourri on the stove. It's a great way to bring your fall scents into your house with natural ingredients.

Abby Winstead
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  • Pepper Pepper on Sep 06, 2020

    Can you leave this mixture out or do you have to refrigerate it everyday and how long does it usually last before you have to change it out or it loses smell


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