How to keep your pumpkin carving fresher for longer – from WD-40 to hairspray

Autumn ’tis the season for pumpkin spice lattes, crunchy leaves, cosy jumpers and Halloween. Whether you love getting involved with ghosts and ghouls for the spooky season or wouldn’t even notice Halloween pass you by, there’s something so fun and nostalgic about carving pumpkins.

Pumpkin carving

Getting your timing right is key to carving pumpkins. If you start too early, there’s a chance they could be rotten and off-putting (for all the wrong reasons) by the time it gets to Halloween. All that time spent perfecting your scary pumpkin face will go to waste!

Fear not, because the team at WD-40 has shared that spraying the handy lubricating spray on your pumpkin will actually keep it fresher for longer and prevent it from rotting. Who knew?

They’ve also revealed six other top tips for keeping your pumpkin looking its freshest and best. And the best part is, you probably have the products lying around your home already…

How to keep a pumpkin carving fresher for longer

1. Bleach

Bleach will kill fungi and bacteria on the pumpkin before they can turn into mould. Add a tablespoon of bleach into a large bucket and dilute it with four cups of water. Then, dunk your pumpkin in the solution and leave to soak for 20 minutes. After the time is up, remove the pumpkin and dry it off.

2. Floor wax

Add a tablespoon of floor wax to a damp rag and rub the solution all over the pumpkin. The thin layer of wax left over the pumpkin will protect it from mould, as well as giving it a nice sheen. Floor wax can be flammable so don’t leave your pumpkin near open flames (that means definitely no candles placed inside).

3. Rubbing alcohol

Simply put some rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle and spritz the outside of the pumpkin. But don’t put a candle inside the pumpkin, as the alcohol is flammable.

4. Hairspray


Once again, hairspray is flammable so don’t use this on your pumpkin if you want to put a candle inside it. Hairspray acts as a sealant so will prevent mould from growing on the pumpkin. Acrylic finish spray will have the same effect, as well acting as an extra decoration.

5. Shelter

Autumn can make us think of the rain and cold, but occasionally we get a warm and sunny day. If your pumpkin is un-sheltered, the warmth can make it rot even faster, so it’s best to move it to a shaded area.

6. Vegetable oil

No, we’re not about to suggest cooking your pumpkin. Dry it thoroughly and massage vegetable oil all over the pumpkin. Oil is flammable, so steer clear of candles with this method.

7. WD-40 Multi-Use


We all rely on WD-40 to save us the earache of squeaky doors and for removing rust, but the spray will actually keep pumpkins fresher for longer, too. Using the wide spray nozzle, apply a thin layer all over the pumpkin. WD-40 is flammable, so this is another method where you’ll need to keep the pumpkin away from a flame.

Happy pumpkin carving!