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Prolonging The Life Of Your Jack-O'-Lantern


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September 29, 2015

It is Jack-o-Lantern time! I always wait until the last minute to carve my pumpkin because it seems like it starts to rot the next day. I saw a special on TV where they immerse the cut pumpkin in a solution of water and bleach. You keep it in for a while and make sure it gets submerged and every cut surface is treated. Let it drain for a while.

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Just make sure you wear old clothes and use plastic gloves. I think Rubbermaid would be the best. I don't know the percentage of bleach to water, or how long to keep in the liquid. Before I have tried using salt and water or vinegar but the pumps didn't last any longer.

Source: TV special Extreme Hallowe'en I think it was

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November 1, 2010

Combine equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, shake and spray all cut areas of your pumpkins and they will not get soft, rot, or shrink for a long time.

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October 13, 2008

To prolong the life of your jack-o'-lantern after making the cuts, coat the cuts with petroleum jelly.

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