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Polishing Pumpkins

Polished Pumpkins“OMG,” you are thinking, “She’s gone completely over the edge!” But let me explain!

A few years ago a friend told me she coats her pumpkins with Brite liquid floor cleaner, and it preserves them for the whole season. Lo and behold, it works!

Fall Porch DecorIn one step you clean, shine and preserve the favorite of October and November decor. I’ve even used it on other goards and acorn squash. They won’t get infested with insects or get mushy, then I discard them in mint condition the week after Thanksgiving.

Just apply a coat of Brite (or any liquid floor cleaner) with a damp cloth (I use an old washcloth). A bottle of cleaner has lasted me for years, so I just store it in the back of my cleaning supply cabinet.

(Disclaimer: does not preserve pierced or carved pumpkins, i.e., jack-o-lantern.)

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Marcia lives in Edmond, OK, where she is a funeral home administrator. She has a big heart, warm personality, and mad homemaking skills that make people feel right at home.

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16 Comments

  1. lau says:

    can we eat them after they are done as decor?

  2. Melissa says:

    Just had a couple questions, does the polish keep the squirrels from eating them?and what other floor cleaners work if I can’t find this one? Thnx

    • Marcia says:

      I don’t know for sure that polishing keeps the squirrels from feasting on them, but no squirrels in the neighborhood have eaten mine…give it a try! Any liquid floor polish will do, like Once N Done.

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  4. Trina says:

    Would u be able to paint them after doing this or does it leave them slick?

  5. tera says:

    If you carve them and then use floor cleaner, does it still preserve?

    • Marcia says:

      Tera, just like I replied, to Mary Jo, compromising the skin and exposing the meat to air makes it impossible to preserve a Jack-O-Lantern.

  6. Sara says:

    Just wanted you to know that I linked you this post because I saw your helpful hint on Pinterest and wrote my own the bit about it.
    http://shecookscraftsruns.blogspot.com/2012/10/pumpkin-preserver.html

  7. Vicky says:

    Will the pumpkins last inside the house or just outside? Thanks

  8. Jill says:

    There are tons of deer where I live that love pumpkins. If they attempt to eat the pumpkins it won’t poison the deer will it?

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