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Why You Should Spray Your Pumpkins With Vinegar

A group of multi-sized pumpkins sit on a porch in front of mums.
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It’s pumpkin season! Many of us are excited to decorate the front porch for fall, but it’s also beneficial to consider how to make your festive decorations last a little longer.

To prevent your pumpkins from quickly rotting, spray them with a healthy dose of vinegar.

Combine 10-parts of water with one part of vinegar to create a spray to freshen up your un-carved pumpkins. Thoroughly spray the outside of the pumpkin and allow it to air dry.

For carved pumpkins, it’s best to submerge them in a bath or bucket with 10-parts of water and one part of vinegar. Let the pumpkin soak for 20 to 30 minutes before letting it air dry.

Happy Belly White Distilled Vinegar

Use this vinegar for cooking or cleaning around the house.

Vinegar is a safe and effective cleaning solution in the home. Rather than using chemicals, this vinegar mix is a natural solution to prevent mold and bacteria from growing. It can also protect your pumpkin from pests, such as insects or deer, without fear of harming the animals.

Pumpkins typically last around a month on your porch—carved pumpkins sometimes only a few days! Spraying them with this vinegar solution is a great way to extend their lives and protect them from the elements.

Are pumpkins not the only thing you’re excited about for fall? If you’re already breaking out the fall clothes find out how to clean them after storage.

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Kelsey Opel is a freelance writer and digital storyteller based in Austin, Texas. She enjoys writing for food, entertainment and mental health spaces. Off the clock, she loves indulging in an avocado margarita and chips and queso at her favorite Tex-Mex spot in town. Read Full Bio »
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