Halloween will be here before we know it and they have those pumpkins at the store a little earlier every year. My kids see them and they are ready to celebrate fall. I cringe because I know that it won’t take long before that pumpkin starts to rot. There is nothing worse than a slimy squishy pumpkin. YUK!
Over the years we have found tried and true All Natural ways to Make Your Pumpkin last Longer! Check them out!
5 Natural Ways to Make Your Pumpkin Last Longer
Clean it Well. When prepping your pumpkin for carving, be sure to scrape and discard as much of the pulp (insides) as possible. The cleaner and drier the pumpkin interior, the slower the rotting process.
Peppermint. Dilute one tablespoon of peppermint dish soap like this Peppermint Castile Soap or a few drops of peppermint essential oil in a quart of water. Pour into a clean spray bottle (can snag one at the dollar store). Lightly spray the inside of your pumpkin. Peppermint is a natural anti-fungal and will slow the decomposition process, significantly extending the life of your pumpkin.
Refrigerate Overnight. If you live in a warm climate like me. Hello Florida! Try putting your carved pumpkins in the fridge at night instead of leaving them on the porch. Spray your pumpkins with the Peppermint-water mixture and wrap in a trash bag prior to placing in the fridge. This process will rehydrate your pumpkins each night.
Soak overnight. Rehydrate that pumpkin by giving it a soak. Fill a large bucket, bin or tub with cold water. Soak pumpkins overnight. Typically, pumpkins set out for less than a week won’t need rehydrated, unless it is hot.
Use a fruit fly trap. Like any type of fruit left out, pumpkins attract fruit flies. Fruit Flies will not only be annoying, but speed up the decomposition. This could turn into an awesome Homeschool Science Experiment or put up a fruit fly trap. Use Natural fruit fly solutions, like Aunt Fannie’s FlyPunch! or this DIY mixture. They are a great natural way to keep the flies at bay.
Fall is a fun time of year to celebrate with your family! Here’s hoping your pumpkin lasts!