I’m lousy at carving pumpkins. The inside is smelly, slimy and sticky. The thick shell combined with my knife skills are a hazard to my health. But I found a solution!
Thanks to YouTube, Pinterest and a collection of drills and dremels in our household, I safely created these pumpkin lanterns for our booth at the local community market! Yayyy!
Here’s what I learned from my experience. Use white chalk to draw your design on. Marker is hard to remove and pencil leaves indentations. Dry erase may work but I can’t attest to it.
Clean out the inside first. Your drill bits won’t get so gunky, but be careful with the amount of pressure you apply if your holes are very close together. Cracking the shell is a huge frustration when you’ve almost completed the project. Cover the work surface and surrounding splash zone with plastic, paper, or old towels.
I realize some of this may seem extreme, but if you’ve ever been locked up with flu A or B, Norovirus, pneumonia, or, any of a host of other just as miserable vermin, you understand that a bit of time spent sanitizing is well spent! I pulled this information from WEBMD, Good Housekeeping, Medical News Today, and similar sites. Nothing crazy or surprising found, just good reminders.
If you only have time for Cliff Notes – I remember having small children – here’s your quick take-away:
Anything that hands touch are germ collectors. Light switches, door handles, refrigerator handles, the thermostat, remote controls, stove knobs, and microwave buttons are all places where you can pick up and pass along bacteria. Same thing goes for kitchen and bathroom faucets. Keep anti-bacterial spray on hand and use as frequently as time allows!
A Germ-Free Cell Phone (best done weekly – especially if you travel frequently or work in areas like schools, medical environments, anything high traffic.