Avoid that ‘shriveled pumpkin’ look using common household items

If you spent time carving a pumpkin, it is important you take some steps to keep it looking great all the way through Halloween!

Weather can damage your pumpkin so make sure you are paying attention to the forecast from your Storm Center 7 team. Rain and frost are two things that can damage an already carved gourd.

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To prevent mold and to stop it from drying out, try this:

Once you clean out the inside, wipe it down with a solution of water and bleach (1 teaspoon per 1 quart of water). A spray bottle can help you spray the inside. This will prevent mold by killing bacteria.

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Once you carve it and it has been cleaned out, apply petroleum jelly to all the areas carved. This will lock in moisture. You can also use vegetable oil or WD-40. Remember though to NOT use a flame candle since these solutions are flammable.

This year, it looks like there will be rain showers arriving Wednesday that will linger into Thursday. Keep an eye on the forecast on-air and on your WHIO Weather App.

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