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Preserve Pumpkins & Gourds | An Easy & Quick Method Using Natural Ingredients

How to preserve pumpkins using just three ingredients, for your fall decor. Keeps pumpkins and gourds from rotting and is so easy!


The thing that makes pumpkins & gourds rot in the first place is the dirt and mold that they pick up from the fields where they are grown. In order to preserve them and prevent the rotting, that dirt and mold must be removed. So if you’ve always wondered how to preserve pumpkins easily, here you go!


Some suggestions to prevent rot and mold include:

  • Pick a good pumpkin! Avoid any weak spots, broken handles, or blemished pumpkins.

  • Grow your own or buy locally. They are often cut right off the vine shortly before you purchase them, thus greatly extending their life.

  • Soak the pumpkin in cold water overnight to preserve moisture.

  • Don’t use candles or lights in your jack o’ lantern as it contributes to the heat.

  • Paint your pumpkin instead of carving! There are lots of glow in the dark paints available.

  • Bring your pumpkin inside for the night.

  • Keep your pumpkin out of direct sunlight.


Preserve Them Naturally


I’ve seen many other suggested “pumpkin washes” that encourage the use of bleach. Bleach can often be dangerous to children, pets, and outdoor animals. Plus, bleach really isn’t good for your skin.


So here are the natural solutions to preserve carved pumpkins. It uses natural ingredients that are safe for your whole family and for the environment. By following these tips and using this wash, your pumpkin will last longer than ever!


This recipe to preserve carved pumpkins includes borax and peppermint essential oil, which are two wonderful ingredients that will help prevent mold and rot.


Borax is a naturally occurring substance that can be used for anything from cleaning to cosmetics (like in this Homemade Laundry Detergent).


Borax helps kill mold and fungi while helping to prevent mold growth. (On the fence about whether borax is safe to use? Check out this article.)


Peppermint essential oil also works wonders on mold and fungus and it leaves a pleasant smell. Keep it out of the reach of pets as it can be harmful to cats.


Natural Carved Pumpkin Preserving Wash


Ingredients


2 cups borax (find it in the laundry aisle of your local supermarket or online here)40 drops peppermint essential oil (find pure peppermint EO here)4 gallons of waterlarge 5-gallon bucket


Instructions

In a large 5 gallon bucket combine 4 gallons of water (regular tap water is fine) and 2 cups of borax. Mix well.Stir in 40 drops of peppermint essential oil.After your pumpkin is carved and thoroughly cleaned out (leave no gunk behind!), place both the top and bottom in the borax solution. (You may want to wear gloves if you have sensitive skin.)Allow pumpkin to soak for 3-4 hours (overnight is best).Dry pumpkin with towels and enjoy! Discard any leftover wash and keep out of the reach of children.

ral Carved Pumpkin Preserving Spray

Ingredients

2 tablespoons borax8 ounces of water40 drops peppermint essential oil8-ounce spray bottle

Instructions

Combine borax and water in an 8-ounce spray bottle.Cap bottle and shake to mix.Add 40 drops of peppermint essential oil.Spray pumpkin each evening, inside and out.

While pumpkins can’t last forever, let’s try to make them last as long as possible! By following these steps, you are sure to enjoy your pumpkins for quite some time.


Natural Carved Pumpkin Preserving Spray

Ingredients

2 tablespoons borax8 ounces of water40 drops peppermint essential oil8-ounce spray bottle

Instructions

Combine borax and water in an 8-ounce spray bottle.Cap bottle and shake to mix.Add 40 drops of peppermint essential oil.Spray pumpkin each evening, inside and out.

While pumpkins can’t last forever, let’s try to make them last as long as possible! By following these steps, you are sure to enjoy your pumpkins for quite some time.


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