Every pumpkin carver hopes their orange creation will live a long life full of front-stoop nights amid the falling leaves. Unfortunately, pumpkins are anything but immortal like the vampires you watch on an October night.
How long your pumpkin lasts depends on your environment. Pumpkins begin to decay as soon as two weeks after being carved. Luckily, there is one easy fool-proof method for preserving your jack-o’-lantern.
Grab your petroleum jelly of choice and slather it around the cut edges of your carved pumpkin. Perfect for protecting your skin during harsh winters, petroleum jelly can also prevent jack-o’-lanterns from producing mold or other unwanted bacteria.
To help your perfect pumpkin last longer, keep it outdoors in the cool air near the stunning fall foliage. Another tip: Spray the inside of your carved pumpkin with a mix of 3 teaspoons of regular bleach and 3 gallons of water when you’re done.
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