It’s Almost Halloween!
If your house is like most, then you are likely hitting up the pumpkin patches and picking out just the right ones to decorate your home!
Can I share a little confession?
Until this year, we had NEVER actually carved a pumpkin. Not since we were kids ourselves.
The reason why? The pumpkins always ended up rotting within a few days, and decomposing vegetables on your front porch isn’t a great way to welcome Trick or Treaters!
I really wanted to be able to extend the life of our pumpkins this year, but I didn’t want to use something expensive or a harsh chemical (knowing my girls are going to want to handle these Jack-o-Lanterns!)
So after some research and trial and error, here are our top 3 Tips for making your Halloween Pumpkin last longer Naturally!
Use a Tea Tree Oil Bath
Tea Tree Oil is a Natural Antiseptic and Antimicrobial which is GREAT for keeping your pumpkins fresh longer!
Once you have cleaned and carved your pumpkin, get a large pot or bucket to create a Tea Tree Oil Bath and submerge your pumpkin in it. I would recommend about 10 drops of the Tea Tree Essential Oil per Gallon of water for this. Simply submerge your pumpkin and let it soak overnight (about 8 hours or so). This hydrates your pumpkin and kills off the microbes that are there already.
Refrigerate Your Pumpkin When Not Displayed
This seemed obvious to us in retrospect, but we never tried it! Simply putting your pumpkin in your refrigerator in the evenings before bed (or even during the day if you want to make it last even longer!)
You definitely want to get to enjoy it, but if you aren’t outside and aren’t enjoying it, stick it in the fridge!
Make a Natural Tea Tree Oil Spray
Once you have decorated and made your Jack o Lantern ready to roll, make a Tea Tree Oil Spray that you can use to coat the inside and outside of the pumpkin routinely to keep it fresh! I would recommend about 3 drops of oil per 2 cups of water in a glass spray bottle.
Note: Essential Oils stay fresh longer in a dark colored glass bottle. This will keep your essential oils from breaking down due to sunlight or contamination from typical plastic bottles. I really love this pack since it even comes with some cute labels!
Again, using this spray will keep your pumpkin hydrated while the oil will act as your antimicrobial agent.
I hope these tips help you have a happier and healthier Halloween this year, Enjoy it!
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