There’s not much better than walking into a clean home that smells amazing. It’s seriously one of my favorite things. I’m kind of crazy for great scents in my house, and, if I’m honest, it’s one area that I’m willing to splurge on from time to time because with candles, diffusers, or air fresheners, you kind of get what you pay for.
Unfortunately, a great candle can cost upwards of $50 or more, so unless you just love expensive candles… you might be looking for a way to get the “Look for Less” or, in this case, I guess it would be the “Smell for Less!”
One of my fave ways to get that “your house smells like Fall” feeling is to make stovetop potpourri! It’s super simple, the ingredients are very inexpensive (you probably already have most of it in your pantry!), and it smells just as good if not better than your favorite candle!
What You’ll Need
- 1 apple
- 1 orange
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 TSP Vanilla
- 1 TBS cloves
- 1 TSP Nutmeg
- Slice your orange and apple into rounds and place them into the bottom of a saucepan
- Cover the fruit with water and turn on the heat to low
- Add in Cinnamon sticks, vanilla, cloves, and nutmeg
- Simmer on low for as long as you like, adding water every hour or as the water evaporates. (It’s important to add water or the mixture will burn)
- Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon smashing down on the oranges and apples to release their oils.
- Discard mixture when done!
And that’s it! You can adjust the recipe to accommodate different seasons or occasions. For example, you can add peppermint sticks and a few sprigs of pine for a Christmas concoction or for a Spring Time scent try adding a few slices of lime, a few springs of thyme, and a handful of mint for a fresh clean scent!