Stove-top Simmer, A Quick And Easy Way To Scent Your Home

Need to add a pleasant scent to your home?  Is the winter heat drying out the air inside?  Today’s tiny tip on Thursday might be the answer you need.

Not only is it quick and easy, it can also make frugal use of the fruit which has been hanging around too long.  It only requires a few items which you hopefully have in your kitchen:

  1. A saucepan of some sort
  2. Water
  3. Spices and/or fruits about to expire

    stove-top simmer

    the local grocery store has added an extremely cheap “ugly produce” section

Some of you probably do this all the time already.  Basically, to make a stove-top simmer, just fill a saucepan with some sliced fruits and a generous sprinkle (or two) of your favorite spices, add water, and bring to a boil.

stove-top simmer

Note: cranberries do pop open when boiled so you may not want to fill the pot this full to start if using them

Then, turn down the heat to simmer.  Wait a short time and the scent should fill your home.

stove-top simmer

Don’t forget to check the water level once you turn it down to simmer

Interestingly, I’ve found the scent to be stronger further away from the simmering pot than right next to it.  Also, when finished, I simply pour my mixture down the drain and run the garbage disposal to freshen it up as an added bonus.

My current favorite “recipe” for a stove-top simmer:

enough cranberries to cover the bottom of a pan (note: these have been cheap at the store as in less than $1)

a sliced lemon or orange or both (I always seem to have a few clementines on the table that aren’t quite edible any more)

a generous sprinkling of cinnamon

Fill pot with water and bring to boil, then turn down to simmer.  Don’t forget to check the water level occasionally.

Other Add Ins I sometimes use:

  • vanilla or almond extracts, sometimes peppermint extract
  • apples past their prime for eating
  • pumpkin pie or apple pie spices
  • a few drops of essential oils
  • a Chai tea bag (after I’ve made my tea, cut the bag open and add the tea leaves)
  • grapes (I didn’t care for this selection though)


While I do love candles, this seems to be working just as well at scenting our home and gives us the added benefit of adding a bit of moisture back into the air which is usually so dry at this time of the year.  I also like the idea that I’m using produce that would otherwise likely have wound up thrown away and it’s a bit cheaper.

What tricks and tips do you have for keeping your home smelling nice?




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