Citrus & Spice Stovetop Potpourri

A fresh smelling home doesn’t have to mean a spray can full of chemicals and additives. With simple kitchen ingredients like citrus fruits and spice, you can freshen up your home all day for special occasions.

Stovetop Potpourri

Peel from 8 fruits
2 quarts of water

  • Leave the peels in larger strips. The size won’t matter.
  • Add the peels and chosen spices to a large pot.
  • Pour in the water – it should fill the pot to at least 2/3.
  • Bring to a boil, and then reduce to simmer.
  • You can let it simmer for up to 3 hours at a time, adding water if needed.


  • Oranges with whole cloves and star anise;
  • Lemons with rosemary;
  • Oranges or grapefruits with cinnamon sticks and nutmeg;
  • Blood oranges with fresh thyme.

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