Halloween is a fun time for everyone especially when it comes to decorating the house and carving a pumpkin to place on the doorstep, porch or even set upon a table in the house. A lighted candle inside provides an eerie glow that helps set the mood for this scary and trick playing holiday.
One of the worst things to happen is to see all the work you did carving that pumpkin start to melt or rot before your eyes. We carve pumpkins in advance to enjoy the holiday days before it arrives and it would be great to keep that glow going inside that pumpkin a few days after as well.
Now you don’t have to worry about losing that pumpkin or all the art work before you are ready to toss the pumpkin yourself. There is a little process that takes no time to prepare. Then just sit back and enjoy your creation for a lot longer time.
All you have to do is place the carved pumpkin in a tub of water. You do need to keep track of how many gallons of water it takes to submerge your pumpkin. Then add one teaspoon of bleach to every gallon of water covering your pumpkin. Now sit back and relax. The pumpkin needs to sit in the bleach and water bath for 4-6 hours. It is a good idea to turn the pumpkin every hour to ensure every surface of it stays submerged and will be covered by the bleach and water bath. Once the time has passed, pat the pumpkin dry with paper towels and set aside to dry at least one day before placing the candle inside.
Adding the bleach to the water bath prevents bacteria from attacking the pumpkin as well as preventing mold from forming on its surfaces. This breakdown from bacteria will keep your creation lasting longer. Submerging it in the water, helps hydrate the pumpkin. The combination of the two ingredients will prevent the pumpkin from rotting too quickly. Eventually it will start to breakdown but at least you will be able to enjoy your art work and decorative pumpkins much longer than you have in the past.
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