Spiced Orange Potpourri (Non-Food)

"Instead of throwing out your orange peels, put them to good use in your crock pot! I love how this mixture of orange peels and spices fills my home with a warm, inviting aroma. Making your own potpourri can't get any easier than this! Even better--it's non-toxic!"
photo by MarthaStewartWanabe photo by MarthaStewartWanabe
photo by MarthaStewartWanabe
Ready In:
8hrs 5mins
1 crock pot


  • 3 oranges, peels of
  • 6 cloves, whole
  • 12 teaspoon cinnamon, ground (or 1/2 cinnamon stick)
  • 14 teaspoon ginger, ground (or 1/2-inch nub, grated)
  • 14 teaspoon nutmeg, ground (or freshly ground)
  • 1 cup water


  • Into a small crock pot, place orange peels, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
  • Pour water over all.
  • Set on low heat for the entire day, checking the water level periodically to prevent burning.
  • You can even enjoy it for one more day if you like. Just place the cooled mixture into a container, refrigerate and reheat another day (which is what I do often).

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