Do you want to ditch candles and other air fresheners for a more natural way to make your house smell great? Simmer pots are an easy and affordable way to do that.
What Is a Simmer Pot?
A simmer pot is exactly what it's name implies. It is a pan (pot) of kitchen items that smell great when they are simmered. This isn't food and it isn't potpourri...it's somewhere in between.
Is a Simmer Pot Easy to Make
Yes. A simmer pot can be made with so many different items, that you likely have everything you need right in your kitchen. All you typically need is some fruit (even just the peels), some herbs or spices and water. Sometimes I add a splash of fruit juice to the water to add a little extra smell.
Spicy Orange Pine - Orange peel, some pine needles, cinnamon, allspice and clove. Smells like Christmas. Add cranberries if you want a little more fruitiness.
Lemon & Herb - I like lemon and bay leaf, but fresh thyme or rosemary are great too!
Apple Cinnamon - All you need is some apple peel and ground cinnamon (or a cinnamon stick). You can add pumpkin pie spice too if you want more warm spicy smells. If you have a little apple cider, add a splash of that too.
Orange and clove - This simple combination smells amazing.
All the Citrus - Add in as many citrus peels as you have. They all combine together for a wonderfully fresh smell.
Creamsicle - Orange peel and a good splash of vanilla extract (or a vanilla bean).
Lemon and Lavendar - Lemon peels/slices and fresh or dried lavender flowers.
Rose - It doesn't have to be fruit! If you have roses that are beginning to fade, throw the spent blooms into some water.
There are so many options that you can probably think of several ways to mix and match some of these ideas to come up with even more. Experiment and use what you have. Your house will smell wonderful.
Please do use caution. As the pot simmers on your stove, the water is evaporating. Keep an eye on them so the pot doesn't burn dry. Add more water as needed. I like to set a timer so I don't forget to check on it. Also, never leave them on the stove when you aren't home to keep watch. A pot on the stove should never be left unattended.