With Halloween right around the corner, children all over are looking to pick the perfect pumpkin and decorate it. Unfortunately those pumpkins don’t stay fresh long once carved, and start to get soggy, mold, and get stinky. So how can you preserve the pumpkins so that children can enjoy them longer? Well, the best way is to find an alternative method of decorating the pumpkins. Paint, stickers, gauze wrap, there are a number of other ways to decorate those pumpkins, but for you that have a carving tradition here are 6 other ways to preserve your pumpkins!
Spray your carved pumpkin with a mix of bleach and water (use a 1 tsp:1 gal mix). The bleach will kill bacteria and help your pumpkin stay fresh longer. Let it dry upside down. Once completely dry, add 2 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to a quart of water. Brush this solution onto your pumpkin.
You can also pat the pumpkin dry and take Vaseline smearing it over the cuts on your pumpkin to limit exposure.
Coating the pumpkin with a wet floor cleaner.
Spray the pumpkin with WD-40.
Use silica beads-open the packet and slightly embed each bead so they are not concentrated in one spot (space them about an inch or so apart).
Purchase a pumpkin preserve.
Please let me know which pumpkin preserve hack you went with and how it worked for you!
I’m April, a wife and mother of two. Since the end of 2010 I have been battling autoimmune diseases: and facing those have left me with limited physical abilities, limited energy, and limited funds; so I created this blog to document my journey : to simplifying my life, hopefully finding tips and tricks and resources to help save me time, money, and energy. I am hoping not only to share my journey, but to inspire others with similar challenges. Personally I think everyone would welcome ways to save time, money, and energy, but to some it is imperative. The content you can expect to see includes life hacks, organizational and time management resources, tips and tricks to saving money, ideas and resources for making money doing simple tasks or passively, and simple inexpensive gift giving ideas. To those of you who may be concerned that this may just be one big pity party, I want to be clear. I have conditions that have altered my abilities, but this is about taking as much control over my life as I possibly can, and to make it a positive experience. I will not however, turn anyone away if they ask about my illnesses specifically. Perhaps they are newly diagnosed, and need some advice that I haven’t shared. I encourage those individuals to contact me any time. I want people to be able to positively bounce ideas off of one another to make it a blog that everyone can benefit from.