Got pumpkin? Want to keep it fresh until Halloween, especially after carving?
Try this great DIY essential oil recipe to preserve carved creations:
Castile soap if you have it and 10 drops of peppermint essential oil from young living. If you don’t have castile soap (I didn’t at the time), you can use approx. 10 drops of peppermint oil mixed with white vinegar. I mixed mine in a spray bottle and sprayed the insides of the pumpkins.
Pure peppermint oil has anti-bacterial properties and will prevent or slow down rotting. Also, the smell/taste of it repels squirrels and bunnies from digging into your carved creations for supper. Plus, and my favorite reason for this over bleach and water, this is all natural, smells better, and honestly, I thought the castile soap/peppermint potion was way better than vinegar and smells better to humans. Thankfully, it repels rodents.
You can spray this natural spray on the outside of your pumpkins too! But be careful to NEVER spray Vinegar on grass, unless your intent is to kill said grass. You can also create your own spray bottle if you do not want to buy them pre-made. Check out Mom Off Track’s post on how to do this.
My recommendation is to make sure the pumpkins are on pavement, away from the grass, and then spray them especially if you use vinegar. Happy Carving and Happy Halloween!