A simmering potpourri is an excellent way to make your home smell amazing. With just a little amount of warm, spices, fruits, and herbs on low heat bring ongoing and lasting fragrance to your kitchen, and the best is that you only need a few ingredients to create this natural air freshener. Here I list my favorite crock pot potpourri recipes covering every season, select your favorite and enjoy the wonderful scent filling in your house!
How to make potpourri in crock pot or slow cooker?
You can create a wonderful smell in your kitchen and other parts of your home by making your own potpourri in an electric potpourri warmer, slow cooker, crock pot or simple on your stovetop. Creating recipes for every season is easy with a crock pot or slow cooker as you only need a few basic ingredients. Think of it as natural aromatherapy for your home.
You’ll need a base recipe to go by to make your own potpourri. Simply fill a small crock pot or slow cooker almost full of water (about 4 cups) and add the other ingredients you decide to use. Bring the mixture to a boil for a few minutes and then lower the heat to simmer. Add additional water when the level gets low.
You can save the mixture in a glass container and put it in the refrigerator. It should last for a few days. You can reheat it the following day to spread the scent around. It’s a simple process.
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You can easily stop cooking odors naturally with any of these recipes here, plus at the same time, you can create a crockpot air freshener of your very own. To get the best results with a stovetop potpourri, remove the lid once the mixture is warmed. Doing this will immediately open up any room of your home to a burst of scent that fills in the area indefinitely.
Crock pot potpourri recipes
Use the base recipe given above and include ingredients as listed in the following recipes, or just simply add your favorite seasonal fruits, spices herbs, or good smelling herbs from your kitchen garden. For example, with spring or summer recipes, simply add lemon slices, lavender, and vanilla extract to the water, or use orange slices and coconut oil.
For fall air fresheners, use almond extract, coffee grounds, grapefruit with rind, anise, and allspice. During holidays, you can make mixes with pinecones, pine needles, evergreen tree pieces, peppermint, apples, crushed cardamom, and candied ginger.
Simmering potpourri for spring
1 green apple slices
2 limes sliced
3-4 sprigs of thyme
1/2 teaspoon mint extract or a handful of fresh mint
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
Spring has sprung with this recipe. The green apples, limes, mint, and pure vanilla extract are not only reminders of fresh and clean smells, but they bring a spirit of renewal which is what spring is all about.
Plus, thyme has antimicrobial properties too so it will also help to get rid of bacteria too (you can even make a homemade disinfectant with thyme). If you like the gentle reminder of the sweeter smells of spring, add rose petals or other flowers to your potpourri mixes.
Summer Crock Pot Potpourri
Lemon, lime, and orange slices (2 of each)
1 can (6 oz.) pineapple juice
1 tablespoon coconut extract
Ingredients for this recipe are simple and great for summer. They are subtle reminders of the tropics and the sunny aroma of pineapple, coconut, and citrus fruit blended together bring remembrances of summer’s past. This summer potpourri is one of the best smelling slow cooker potpourri recipes that starts the summer off with a bang.
Crock Pot Fall air freshener
4-6 Cinnamon Sticks
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons whole cloves
3-5 bay leaves
Other suggestions for ingredients include nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, or apples.
Fall brings a bite to the air, falling leaves, and other changes that signal it’s time to bring out crock pot potpourri recipes with ingredients that represent the season. Cinnamon sticks, orange rind, cloves, and bay leaves along with apples and related spices bring to mind the earthiness of fall as well as the coziness of the season.
Holiday stovetop potpourri
3-5 cinnamon sticks
1 sliced orange
1-2 sprigs rosemary
1 tablespoon cloves
1 cup fresh cranberries
2 teaspoons nutmeg
Perfect ingredients for the holidays include a mixture of aromas. The smell of cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and orange infused with cloves creates a blended effect that is reminiscent of traditional Christmas food, fare, and holiday fun.
Be sure and try any of the crock pot potpourri recipes detailed here. They’re easy to make, chemical-free, and less expensive than keeping endless candles going to freshen the air in your home. You can make the house smell good year-round for pennies as opposed to dollars with other air fresheners. There’s a stovetop potpourri recipe to jumpstart any season!
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