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Spring Simmer Pot Recipe

Spring Simmer Pot Recipe

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Make this Spring Simmer Pot recipe with some common kitchen ingredients to help make your home smell amazing…

Hi, friends! 

I’m excited to publish this post, although my Instagram followers have already seen this one.

This stovetop potpourri is the perfect aromatic recipe to try for spring, and it can even be repurposed for an elbow-grease-free cleaning hack when you’re done!

I love recipes that can be repurposed like this one.

What’s great about this simmer pot recipe, too, is that you don’t have to use the freshest fruit.

If you have some old lemons and limes that are on their last leg, going bad, or even getting brown spots – don’t toss them in your composter just yet…

Use them in this easy recipe!

That’s right – you can absolutely use them in this DIY stovetop potpourri recipe as long as they aren’t molding or very mushy.

You want the citrus smell still present, so a couple of brown spots and a lack of super-firm skin is just fine for this purpose!

I can almost guarantee you have the ingredients on hand…

*This post contains affiliate links, however, all opinions are my own.

Spring Stovetop Potpourri Ingredients

Here’s what you need for this spring stovetop potpourri recipe:

  • 1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • lemons (2-3)
  • limes (1-3)
  • fresh rosemary (3-5 sprigs of fresh rosemary or 2 about tbsp. dried)
  • cutting board
  • large pot

For this recipe, I’m using what I have on hand that is on its last leg and about to go bad, which is 2 medium-sized lemons and 3 limes. 

lemons limes reosemary and vanilla extract on a cutting board

If you’re wondering if you can use dried rosemary, yes you can!

You can also use a combination of citrus fruit you have on hand, like oranges, lemons, and limes.

How To Make A Spring Simmer Pot

First, cut your lemons and limes into thick slices.

They don’t have to be pretty or polished, just sliced!

You certainly won’t get the same aromatic effects using whole fruit… 😉

sliced lemons and limes on cutting board to make stovetop potpourri

If you’re using dried rosemary instead of fresh, measure out 2 tbsp.

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Look how pretty these lemon slices are – right? You don’t have to lay your slices out like this, I’m just being fancy, ha!

sliced lemons and limes on cutting board to make stovetop potpourri

Add your sliced fruit, rosemary, and vanilla extract to a large pot filled about halfway with water.

top view of pot filled with stovetop potpourri ingredients

You can give it a quick stir to combine the ingredients, although the simmering process will help combine them for you.

Allow your stovetop potpourri to simmer for about 3-4 hours.

Be sure to do this on a day you will not be leaving the house, for safety reasons. 

In the same way you wouldn’t leave a candle burning and leave the house to run errands, please be mindful of your stove running.

It’s best to pick a weekend day or evening when you know you’ll be home. 

side view of stovetop potpourri on cooktop

Once you are done smelling up your home with this natural fragrance, you can repurpose your stovetop potpourri by carefully scooping up some of the lemon slices in a measuring cup, dipping a cloth into it, and wiping away any built-up grease and grime in your microwave.

used lemons in measuring cup in front of microwave

This is a twist on my normal microwave cleaning hack, which you can read here, but it works great, too!

stovetop potpourri recipe for spring

Spring Lemon & Rosemary Stovetop Potpourri

Yield: 1 pot
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 2 minutes

A spring Stovetop Potpourri recipe with lemon and rosemary to help make your home smell amazing!


  • 2 lemons
  • 3 limes
  • 3-5 sprigs of fresh rosemary (or 2 tbsp. dried rosemary)
  • 1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract


  1. Fill a large pot halfway with water.
  2. Slice your citrus fruit into thick slices.
  3. Add your lemon and lime slices, rosemary, and vanilla extract to your pot of water.
  4. Cover with a lid and allow to simmer for 3-4 hours.
  5. After use, repurpose your stovetop potpourri by scooping some up in a measuring cup, dip a washcloth or rag (carefully) into the lemon water and wipe away grease and grime in your microwave.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 11gSugar: 8gProtein: 3g

I would not recommend consuming this as it is meant for aromatic purposes only.

Have you tried this recipe, or making your own Spring Simmer Pot? Let me know your experience in the comments below!

*Post originally published April 2022, last updated February 2023.

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