Stovetop Recipe to Make your Home Smell Fresh for Spring

With the weather warming up a bit, I find myself doing a bit of spring cleaning, purging, and organizing. And usually when on a cleaning mission, I love opening up our windows and doors to let the fresh air in.stovetop_smell

Unfortunately it’s still a bit too chilly to open up the windows, so I came up with a creative way to add some fresh smells to our home…stovetop potpourri.

diy_stovetop_spring_smells-5Have you ever tried it? Essentially it’s just throwing a bunch of fragrant ingredients in a pot and letting it simmer on the stove all day long. It’s love how incredible aromatic it is and it makes the entire house smell divine.

I’ve done this during the Christmas season with cinnamon sticks, cranberries, nutmeg and other seasonal flavors. But I decided to try a fresh one with some spring-like fragrances.


Here’s my recipe for a lemony fresh scent for your home this spring.

  • 2 T. vanilla extract
  • Pot with water (fill up about ¾ of the way)
  • 2 lemons sliced
  • Bunch of mint
  • Bunch of rosemary

diy_stovetop_spring_smells-4That’s it! We often have some of these ingredients stocked in our fridge and pantry already, so it’s not too difficult to throw together.



Just fill a pot up with ¾ water and then add all of the ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil and then let it simmer on low for as long as you want.diy_stovetop_spring_smells-8

diy_stovetop_spring_smells-9It may get a little mushy after a bit, but it should stay pretty fragrant all weekend long. I’ll sometimes make this on a Saturday morning and then turn it on whenever we’re doing things around the house on both Saturday and Sunday. Then Sunday night I’ll dump the mixture.

diy_stovetop_spring_smells-12While I love lighting candles, this is a fresh alternative and it really permeates the entire home. I hope you’ll give it a try.

diy_stovetop_spring_smells-11If you have any other stovetop recipes I’d love to hear them! It’s fun to try different concoctions to see what smells might come along with it. Plus this is a way to get me in the kitchen without having to actually produce anything edible for me & Finn. Baby steps, right?!

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girl- great idea! So cool!

    • Thanks Shawnna! You should definitely try it!

  • I’ve seen simmers for winter (cloves, cinnamon, etc.) but this sounds so fresh and perfect for spring!

    • Love the winter ones, Elise! Especially with Christmas tunes blaring. haha!

      We were excited to try a springy one too. Definitely a nice change!

  • I’ve never thought of doing this for the spring! Love this idea and I have most of those things already!

    • Give it a try Diana and let us know what you think!

  • Love this idea and can’t wait to give it a try! I wonder if you could throw in some essential oils?

    • That’s a great point! We’re not very familiar with essential oils (not at all actually) but we don’t see why not?! Sounds like a great way to add more aroma!!

    • Sandy Russell

      I would try putting all the ingredients in a juice or tomato can, add some pebbles to stand them on in a pot with water. < If you are going to add essential oils. No hazard to your health that way.

  • You could also take any aromatic fruits that you were going to throw out and put them to good use this way. Adding spices you have on hand would work, too. To me the idea is to use what you have and experiment with that.

    Would the essential oils affect your pot for later use, i.e., hang around?

    • Great idea! I doubt essential oils would affect your pot…just like most oils and foods don’t affect it when you cook! Should be fine!

  • Jewell Martin

    I have lemons, one apple, and one orange. I have no fresh herbs, but I have several dried herbs and spices. I have some imitation flavorings including vanilla, plus some real vanilla extract. All I have to do is mix and match to find the combination I think we might enjoy. And get to the grocery store for some more fresh food. Best wishes on your own stovetop potpourri.