Carving a pumpkin is a lot of work! Preserve your masterpiece and enjoy it longer with just an extra step.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Slather Vaseline on the carved parts of your pumpkin to keep it from drying out and to help prevent mold from growing. Wear a rubber glove for this project!
  • Give your pumpkin a bath in 1 tsp of bleach per gallon of water. Let it soak for a few hours and spin it every now and then. The water helps hydrate the pumpkin and the bleach kills bacteria that promotes mold.
  • There's a preservative that you can buy called "Pumpkin Fresh".
  • Cooking oils like coconut or vegetable oil work, reapply as needed.
  • The best kept secret in your garage for keeping your pumpkin fresh is WD-40! The  mineral oil will prevent your pumpkins from drying out.


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