This Fresh Lemon and Rosemary Stovetop Potpourri Recipe is a natural air freshener that will make your home smell wonderful! It’s a perfect finishing touch after spring cleaning your home, plus we’re sharing favorite products for a kitchen refresh.
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When I was a kid, I remember deep cleaning frenzies with my mom and siblings. They weren’t your usual day-to-day cleaning, but rather a time when the entire house was cleaned like there was no tomorrow. Of course, I didn’t enjoy the cleaning process at all. But even as a kid, I absolutely loved the finished result. It was always comforting and satisfying to walk around the house with everything clean and fresh.
One thing that my mom did on occasion — after a good house cleaning — was to throw together a simmering stovetop potpourri. It made the house smell amazing! It wasn’t complicated – it consisted of just boiling water with some cinnamon sticks, simmered on the stove. As a teenager, my main chore was cleaning the kitchen and I continued to make stovetop potpourris on occasion after cleaning the kitchen. It was the finishing touch on a job well done.
With springtime well underway and summer right around the corner, I’ve been doing a lot of my own deep cleaning frenzies around the house. The kitchen has been getting a lot of my attention especially. Without a doubt, it’s the most used room in our home and it has been in clear need of a pick-me-up! I’ve been decluttering, doing deep cleanings on the refrigerator and oven, cleaning up the pantry, and refreshing my kitchen sink area — both on top and underneath.
My friends at OXO sent me a bunch of goodies for giving the kitchen a spring refresh. You all know that I’m a huge fan of OXO products, so with spring cleaning underway, this was perfect timing.
One of the favorite items they sent was this OXO Small Sink Mat. We have a small sink so this smaller size fits ours well, but there is an OXO Large Sink Mat if you have a bigger sink. I’ve always liked the idea of having a sink mat but haven’t found a style I love. This one is a perfect fit for our kitchen! Just having it makes me want to keep the sink empty and clean. And I like how it helps to prevent our glasses and plates from getting broken or chipped.
Replacing our sponges and cleaning cloths were a must during the kitchen refresh. We started using the OXO Palm Brush right away and have found it to be a great little scrubber for our dishes and bakeware. Comfortable in your hand too.
I’m so excited about the next item we added to our kitchen: the OXO Sink Organizer with Flip-Down Sponge Holder. I really like having a designated place for our sponges. It also has enough room for a pump soap, sink stopper, or we can even place the Palm Scrubber on it.
We also received several of Method’s 2018 Spring Collection cleaning products. Love the gorgeous metallic look they have and the way they add instant style to the kitchen.
One of the biggest jobs in our kitchen was cleaning out the pantry. There was some very expired food that needed to be tossed, plus some spills that were never fully cleaned up. This was also a great chance to check for non-expired foods that we aren’t going to use and that we can donate to a local food pantry.
Once a full decluttering and cleaning was done in the pantry, there was space to add an OXO 16″ Turntable. LOVE. THIS. THING. We’re now using this to keep key items that we use daily in easy reach. It turns smoothly making it quick to grab peanut butter, honey, cooking spray.
We did a deep clean on our stove/oven and our refrigerator too. The refrigerator was easy since we have been doing a good job of cleaning up messes as we go. There’s something to be said about getting a new fridge that you’re completely in love with — it inspires you to keep it clean!
Be sure to check out our post: 10 Tips for Keeping a Refrigerator Clean & Organized.
Fresh Lemon and Rosemary Stovetop Potpourri Recipe
An inexpensive and natural way to freshen the air in your home is with a stovetop potpourri. There are many different ways to make one, but our favorite is a Fresh Lemon and Rosemary Stovetop Potpourri. You will only need a few things: sliced lemons, rosemary sprigs, vanilla extract, and water (plus cinnamon sticks if you’re using them).
All of this is placed in a saucepan and simmered on your stove, which releases the fragrant scent into your home. It’s my favorite thing to do after (or during) a deep clean on our house. It’s also great to do before guests arrive for a party or get-together.
Here is the full “recipe” and instructions for making your own Lemon and Rosemary Stovetop Potpourri. If you like this post, we’ve love for you to share it on Facebook with your family and friends or pin on Pinterest.Print
Lemon and Rosemary Stovetop Potpourri Recipe
2 quarts of water
1 lemon, sliced
2 fresh rosemary sprigs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Optional: 2 cinnamon sticks
1. Add all of the ingredients to a large saucepan.
2. Place the pan under medium/high heat on the stovetop until it begins to boil. Reduce heat to low and allow it to simmer. (Be sure to replenish the water as it evaporates).
–Cinnamon sticks are great to use when making this stovetop potpourri in the fall or winter.