Do you like to carve your pumpkins early? Use this DIY Pumpkin Preserving Wash to keep your jack o’ lanterns fresh all the way through Halloween!
You put so much work into carving your fall pumpkins, why not see that they last a long time as well? After all, you want to enjoy them as long as possible! The good news is there is a wonderful method for preserving your pumpkins, and we are going to tell you all about it below. Take a look at this easy to make and use pumpkin preserving wash, plus the extra steps you can take after to ensure your pumpkin lasts all season!
DIY Pumpkin Preserving Wash
2 gallons of warm water
3 cups of bleach
1 cup of white vinegar
Other Items Needed for Jack o’Lantern Preservation:
White craft glue
1. In a large bucket or bin, pour your warm water, vinegar, and bleach in. Stir well. Place your pumpkins prior to cutting them into the wash. Allow them to soak for one hour then remove. The water will hydrate the pumpkin, the vinegar cleans away dirt, while the bleach kills bacteria that would love to eat the pumpkin.
2. Carve the pumpkin as you normally would. When done, place the carved pumpkin back into the bleach and water wash. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes.
3. When you remove your pumpkin, dry it well. Apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly to the cuts of the pumpkins. For example, the eyes, nose, and mouth.
4. Last, pour some white glue into the pumpkin. Use your fingers or a paintbrush to spread a layer of the glue on the inside. This will help seal in moisture.
Once your glue is dry, your pumpkin can now be displayed. Add petroleum jelly to the carved areas each day to keep the pumpkin looking fresh and to avoid dryness.
As you can see, making your pumpkin last longer with this pumpkin preserving wash is a great way to make your hard work worth it! Give it a try and see results you can enjoy.