Citrus Summer Stove Top Potpourri


Citrus Summer Stove Top Potpourri Recipe

Simmering Citrus Summer Stove Top Potpourri 

Replace your typical air fresheners with a citrus summer stove top potpourri recipe. Simmering scents of lemon, lime, vanilla and more. No fancy wax melting or diffusing device needed!

In the cooler months of the year, I crave the spicy aromas such as cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. But, when things heat up its fresh citrus scents all around! (If you’re reading this and it’s cold outside – grab my recipe for a simmering winter spice potpourri.)

Are you wondering what is a stove top or simmering potpourri?

It’s basically a potpourri mix of dry and wet ingredients that you boil in water. Can you really boil potpourri? Absolutely, but you need to keep it an eye on and continue to add a half cup of water about every half hour.

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Ingredients for a Simmering Citrus Summer Stove Top Potpourri

Why boil a summer stove top potpourri?

Well, maybe you haven’t heard the Environmental Working Group rates the average room freshener at a D to F for significant hazards to health and the environment? This simple simmering potpourri recipe will fill your entire home with fresh summer scents without any health hazards! Unlike chemical fragrances that mimic the real deal the aroma with last throughout the day even after you’ve stopped simmering this summer stove top potpourri.

Citrus Summer Stove Top Potpourri Ingredients:

4 cups water

2 lemons

1 lime

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

3 rosemary sprigs

Citrus Summer Homemade Stove Top PotpourriHow to Make Summer Stove Top Potpourri:

Slice one lime and two lemons. Place citrus slices in a large stockpot. Add 3 fresh sprigs of rosemary and 2 tablespoons vanilla extract.

Then pour 4 cups of water over the ingredients and bring to a boil. Boil potpourri 2 to 3 minutes. Then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer up to 4 hours, adding an additional 1/2 cup of water every half hour as needed.

DIY Citrus Summer Stove Top PotpourriReplace your typical air fresheners with this citrus summer stovetop potpourri recipe. Bring the outdoors in with simmering scents of lemon, lime, vanilla, and more. No fancy wax melting or diffusing device needed!



  1. Reply

    Kyla @ A Life Adjacent

    Great post, Kristy! What a fantastic way to scent your home without sacrificing your health. We love citrus scents in the summer too, and the combination of citrus with rosemary and vanilla sounds so lovely. As always, your photos are gorgeous. 🙂

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      Thanks Kyla, citrus, especially lemon is my go to for spring and summer to freshen the home!

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    Joanna @DIY Project

    Turned out so gorgeous. Totally impressed by this DIY tutorial.

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      Isn’t it pretty, thanks Joanna!

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    Can this be put in crockpot instead?

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      I don’t see why not