Autumn is that crisp time of the year where we love to get cosy, watch spooky films and watch the leaves fall – but best of all, it means pumpkin picking! Whether you have Halloween-obsessed kids or you’re just really into these giant orange vegetables, we all have the same issue when it comes to Halloween. How do you stop a pumpkin from rotting? For most of us, it isn’t enough just to plonk it outside for a day after we have spent hours picking out the perfect design and then carefully carving the face. So, if you want to keep your pumpkins out for a little longer this year then follow our guide below on how to protect pumpkins from rotting. If you do try any of these methods with a pumpkin that you want to put a candle in, always be careful to read the label to ensure that the solution you use is not flammable.
Bleach can stop pumpkins from rotting as it can kill fungi and bacteria before they can turn into mould or rot. To use bleach to stop an uncarved pumpkin from rotting, simply add a tablespoon of bleach into a large bucket and dilute it with 4 cups of water. Then dunk your pumpkin in the solution and leave it to soak for 20 minutes. Once soaked, remove it and dry it. If you want to prevent a carved pumpkin from rotting, you can simply spray it with bleach and allow it to dry.
Floor wax is also a useful solution to prevent your pumpkin from rotting. Simply add a tablespoon of floor wax to a damp rag and then rub the solution all over the pumpkin. This will leave a thin layer of wax over your pumpkin and will protect your pumpkin from mould and give it a nice sheen. Floor wax can be flammable so be sure not to leave your pumpkin near any open flames.
What can’t rubbing alcohol do? Rubbing alcohol can be used in lots of scenarios such as de-icing your car and to get sticker residue off but it can also be used to stop your pumpkin from rotting. Simply put it into a spray bottle and spray the outside of your pumpkin. If you decide to use this method to prevent rotting, do not put a candle inside your pumpkin as alcohol is flammable.
If you don’t have the ingredients above, then you can always use hairspray. If this is your go-to method, remember it’s flammable, so don’t use this on your pumpkin if you plan to add a candle to your finished creation. Hairspray or an acrylic finish spray can act as a sealant to prevent mould and keep your pumpkin looking fresh. If you use an acrylic finish spray, you can get creative with different shades. Gold pumpkin anyone?
Shelter your pumpkin
Although we are not used to it, sometimes Autumn days can get pretty warm and sunny. If your pumpkin is un-sheltered, then this can cause them to rot prematurely. To give your pumpkin the best chance of survival, put it in a shady place such as a porch.
. Vegetable Oil
Applying a layer of vegetable oil can prevent a pumpkin from rotting. All you need to do for this method is to dry your pumpkin thoroughly and massage the oil all over it. Oil is very flammable so we don’t recommend using this method on pumpkins that will have candles in or will even sit near an open flame.
You may think of WD-40 as a lubricating spray or a rust remover but did you know WD-40 can be used to repel insects from your pumpkins and keep your pumpkins fresher for longer? Simply engage the wide spray nozzle and apply a thin layer of the formula all over the pumpkin. The WD-40 formula is flammable so we don’t recommend using it on pumpkins that will be placed near a flame. Click here to buy WD-40 Multi-Use Smart Straw.
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