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As much as I love summer, I’m currently craving everything that fall brings. Cooler temperatures, crunchy leaves in beautiful earthy colors, thick sweaters, pumpkin everything, wearing boots daily, and the warm, spicy scents of fall are some of the most exciting things about fall for me.
If you’re crazy about fall too, then you might get just as excited about this fall stovetop potpourri recipe as I am!
Creating that perfect fall smell that wafts through your home and makes you want to start baking apple pies and get cozy under a warm blanket is surprisingly easy to achieve.
All it takes is a few natural items, many of which you probably already have in your home, and a small saucepan. Your house will be smelling like the perfect fall day faster than you can say pumpkin spice!
Fall Stovetop Potpourri Recipe
- 1 apple
- 1 orange
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 Tbsp. cloves
- 2 whole nutmegs, cut in half (you could also substitute 1 tsp. powdered nutmeg or just leave it out altogether)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
STEP 1. Slice the apple and orange in thin slices, then place in the bottom of a medium-sized saucepan.
Add the other ingredients, then add enough water to cover them.
STEP 2. Place the pan over medium heat and bring to a boil. I like to use a wood spoon to gently push on the ingredients with a wood spoon to break them down a little and help release their oils.
Simmer the mixture, checking on it occasionally to make sure there is still water.
When the water gets low, you can either add more to keep your house smelling like fall, or turn it off and throw away the ingredients. Better yet, add them to your compost pile, since they’re all natural!
You’ll be amazed at how powerful this scent is and how your house is transformed into a crisp fall day. The bright citrus mixed with the earthy, spicy cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg make for the perfect scent of fall.
My daughter came home when I was simmering and testing my recipe, and before she even saw what I was doing she asked why it smelled like fall. Success!
Now that your house smells amazing, it’s time to make it look amazing too! With the kids going back to school, it’s the perfect time to tackle the cleaning and get to work on those messes that they made during the summer.
My absolute FAVORITE cleaners are Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® that I buy from Whole Foods Market. I’ve been using these products for years since I first discovered them, and I can’t say enough good things about them!
Not only do they smell heavenly, but they come in a variety of different amazing scents, like basil, honeysuckle, lemon verbena, and lavender.
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® products are made from plant-derived ingredients and essential oils and are powerful against dirt and grime. You already have to clean, so you might as well enjoy it, right?
I’ve noticed that cleaning isn’t as big of a deal when I clean with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® because the scent is so pleasant. Sometime I even (gulp) look forward to cleaning, which is definitely a first for me! There’s even more to love because these products are made in the USA and are free of artificial colors, ammonia, phthalates, chlorine bleach, parabens, and phosphates.
I love that Mrs. Meyers Clean Day® is a proud sponsor of Whole Kids Foundation. They are donating $1 to Whole Kids Foundation for each of the first 25,000 cleaning products purchased between 8/24/16- 9/13/16, who will then invest the $25,000 donation from Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® to support edible learning gardens and salad bars at schools. Such a great cause! You can learn all about it by watching the video above.
For lots of fun DIY projects and inspiration, be sure to check out Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® DIY website and blog. You can also find Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Happy fall cleaning!