I’m almost obsessed with how my home smells. I have a very very good nose. I can pick up all kinds of aromas that most people can’t. So keeping my home not only smelling clean but smelling scrumptious is important to me. The best way, without a doubt, to have a wonderful smelling home is with homemade simmering potpourri! I’ve make lots and lots of them but my favorite is the one’s that I make with things like orange peels and apple cores and used lemons. Today is PRACTICALLY SPEAKING and we are talking about the easiest, most cost effective and practical way to a delicious smelling home!
Don’t you love when you can do something that is great for your home and makes all who are in it happy! This potpourri uses no chemicals, has nothing artificial and smells like no spray or even oil (and I love oils) can!
I keep a pot on my stove and when I use a lemon or eat an orange or an apple I throw the peels, cores, and seeds in the pot. It does not have to look pretty, it just has to smell that way! The parts we discard have the natural oils in it and that is where the lovely aromas are!
Added to the fruit in the pot, I throw in a few cinnamon sticks and star anise, all spice, and cloves. If I am feeling generous I add a nutmeg. The contents of the pot is covered with water and I let it gently simmer!
Right now I am ravenous for clementines so my simmering potpourri smells of orange citrus and warm spices. Over the summer I was whipping up oodles of batches of Caesar salad dressing to keep up with the lettuce in the garden so I had quite a lot of spent lemons. My summer simmering potpourri was lemony with rosemary from the herb garden.
The idea is to use what you have on hand and throw it in a pot of simmering water!
I make sure to set my timer and check the water level every 30 minutes. Be careful our pot does not simmer away all the water.
The result of this simmering pot of peels and cores and seeds is an amazing, soft, real-smelling, mixture of fruit and spices wafting through your home! And there is nothing quite like it.
Inexpensive, easy, practical, useful and beautiful! Get out a pot and start filling your home with luscious fragrances today!
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