Love carving pumpkins but wish your Jack-o-Lantern would last longer than just a couple of days?
Depending on your climate, the two things that make your freshly carved pumpkin turn bad are mold and dryness. As soon as you insert a knife and the inside of your pumpkin is exposed, oxidation begins and the organic matter will begin to rot. Luckily, there are a few essential oils that will help slow down this process.
Tea Tree Oil is a natural fungicide. Peppermint Oil also helps battle mold spores and will deter bugs and critters from chewing unwanted holes in your pumpkin. Mixing these two Essential Oils together creates a natural agent that will help fight and prevent mold and fungus. Many all-natural home cleaning products consist of one or both of these oils—we even have another D.I.Y. recipe that uses these!
Borax (sodium borate) is naturally occurring compound that is used in many detergents and cosmetics because of it’s anti-fungal properties. It stunts mold growth and helps to prevent mold from spreading.
We have come up with an easy-to-make spray consisting of nothing but borax, tea tree essential oil, peppermint essential oil and water. It’s all natural, cheap to make, and really does work!
Try the recipe below and let us know what you think!
What you need:
Small Mixing Bowl
1 Cup Water
2 Tbsp Borax
20 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
20 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
In a small bowl, add 1 cup water. Add Borax and mix.
Screw on cap and shake well—it’s that simple!
Before each use, make sure to shake the bottle thoroughly. When using, spray all carved openings on the pumpkin as well as inside, and the ‘lid’ of the jack-o-lantern. If the pumpkin is being stored inside or in a warm outdoor climate, do NOT over saturate! Spray each night.
If a white residue appears on the outside of your pumpkin, this is just dried borax. It is simply a residue similar to that of what salt leaves after getting wet and is totally safe. If you find the look of it undesirable, it will easily brush off with a dry rag or paper towel.
Climate and storage of pumpkin affects how well this spray will work, however, due to the natural fungicides, it will definitely aid in helping to prevent mold growth.