Beach season – finally! We’re looking forward to refreshing dips in the ocean, lazily flipping through magazines and fish and chips for dinner. We’re not looking forward to sandy floors 24/7. Fortunately this is avoidable.
Choose a chair
If you’re the prepared kinda beach-goer, start taking chairs to the beach instead of towels to sit on. When it’s time to go you can give the chair a quick rinse in the ocean or under the shower – it’ll trap much less sand than a damp towel.
Brush it off
Keep a clean paintbrush in your beach bag at all times. Before you get in the car or walk through the door of your house simply brush the sand off your feet. Bonus: the paintbrush feels really nice!
Powder it away
You’ve no doubt heard about the corn starch or baby powder trick! When you brush these fine powders onto your skin they absorb the moisture that makes sand hard to remove, then the sand easily brushes away. We recommend you go one step further to prevent corn starch going everywhere – sew a pouch out of an old flannel shirt, fill it with powder and sew it shut. Then you can just rub the pouch on your skin and it will absorb moisture just as well.
Wash it away
An outdoor shower is the nicest backyard addition during summer. Come back from the beach and rinse off in your own private shower. It’s especially perfect if you have kids or a dog who like to get extra sandy at the beach – some jobs a paintbrush or baby powder just can’t do.
If you don’t have space for a shower keep a hose near the front door and install drying hooks for all your beach gear next to it. Every time you come home you can rinse your feet, beach toys and thongs then hang everything ready for the next outing.
Invest in mesh
If you make your beach bag a mesh one you’ll bring a lot less sand home. When you’re ready to leave the beach chuck all your stuff in the mesh bag and most of the sand will fall out as you walk.
No beach shoes in the house
If this isn’t a rule already, make it a rule especially for beach shoes. Everyone has a dedicated pair of beach thongs that live at the front door and never venture inside the house!
Home sweet home
Put a classic bristly doormat at every entrance. Brushing sand off feet is their forte.