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Summer is in full swing, and Aussies are flocking to the beach in droves. From splashing in the ocean to reading a book under a shady umbrella — days spent at the beach are a favourite for many. The worst part? Trying to remove sand.
Sand is one of those strange things that manages to stick itself to places you never thought possible. Everywhere you go in the days following, you’ll leave a little trail of the stuff behind you à la Hansel and Gretel. Surely by now, someone has discovered a hassle-free way to remove sand? Luckily for you, we can think of a few.
From baby powder to microfibre cloths, this is your comprehensive guide to sand removal 101. First up, we’ll tell you how to keep the sand off your body. Failing that, we’ve also included a few hacks to remove it from your car as well.
How to remove sand from your body
Use baby powder
Fun fact: baby powder is great for removing sand from your body (especially between the toes). Ensure your sandy body has had time to dry before generously applying baby powder to the sandy area. Wipe off the excess, and voila — it’s like you were never even at the beach.
Basically, the powder works to absorb moisture on the skin, making it easier to brush off the sand. It can even work in wet hair to help release any pesky grains of sand still stuck in your scalp.
We recommend the classic Johnson’s Baby Powder ($5.29), but if you prefer something that’s more natural and talc-free, this Burt’s Bees Baby Dusting Powder Two-Pack ($28.38) is a perfect alternative.
Pull up a chair
Laying down on your towel after an ocean swim is the easiest way to get sand everywhere. All it takes is a slight breeze, and your towel is buried five metres deep. Bringing a beach chair with you provides elevation and protection from the sand — plus, it’s a little more comfortable.
This Tommy Bahama Beach Chair Backpack Cooler Chair ($118.98) does just that, allowing you to sit upright and read a book or watch the kids swim. And while it’s high enough off the ground that you won’t get sand all over you, it’s also low enough that you can stretch your legs out a bit and recline. If you want a full reclining beach chair, though, this Rio Beach Portable Folding Backpack Beach Lounge Chair ($91.95) is the way to go.
Take a microfibre beach towel
For some reason, our beach towels love to collect sand. Microfibre beach towels are thinner, lighter and softer than most — so they’re easier to shake all the sand out of before you plonk yourself down. This is a great alternative if a beach chair isn’t really your style (or you don’t have the capacity to carry it around all day).
A great buy is this Meteor Essential Quick Dry Beach Towel ($18.45) that comes in a bunch of different colours and patterns, including mosaic and marble. If you’re after something a little more minimalistic, this SummerSand Microfiber Sand Free Beach Towel ($44.95) is an aesthetic but super functional choice (or gift), too.
This goes without saying but wearing Doc Martens or sneakers to the beach is a recipe for disaster. Your feet are ground zero for sticky sand, so wearing open-toed shoes is always the way to go. Wearing thongs allows the sand to fall off naturally on your walk back to the car.
Shop our favourite thongs here, including the iconic Havaianas (starting at $10). Otherwise, a pair of slides does the trick, too.
How to remove sand from your car
Always take a mesh bag
One of the best tips for keeping sand out of your car and home is to take a mesh beach bag. There’s nothing worse than getting home and dumping the entire beach on your living room floor when you empty your bag. A carry bag made of mesh ensures all the sand falls out before it gets anywhere near your car.
This 40L Extra Large Beach Bag with Pockets ($39.63) is a great choice as it provides ample space for four to six family towels, water bottles, sunblocks, flip flops, glasses, toys, and all your beach or pool items. If you’ve just got yourself, this smaller Mesh Beach Bag ($23.99) — that also comes with a cooling compartment — is a great choice.
Use a cordless vacuum
Whipping out the vacuum is the quickest and least painful method for getting sand out of the car. Sand has a lovely way of sneaking into every nook and cranny — so make sure you get the nozzle across every inch of the car. It’ll be sand-free in no time.
One of the best ones for the job is this Bosch Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Set ($79) that provides easy cleaning for a range of different surface areas. It even comes with accessories like a brush, crevice, and floor nozzle, making it great for getting under seats and in small compartments. The Autogen Car Vacuum Cleaner ($60.90) is another excellent value for money car vac. It’s fitted with a removable HEPA filter that collects all of the finer dust, while the 7,500Pa suction power helps to remove bigger mess like dirt, sand and food crumbs.
Brush it out
If the sand has well and truly stuck to the carpet and even the vacuum can’t budge it, it’s time to get the brush out. The brush works to release sand particles that might have set in, making it easier for the vacuum to do its job.
We love this Ordenado Multi-Functional Microfiber Car Duster ($14.99) that you can use for your sandy interior and then later on your exterior as well, given its scratch-free nature. This other Car Dusting Brush ($17.59) is a little stronger as it’s made from bristles instead of microfibre, so feel free to use it on the interior, but it’s not suitable for the exterior.
Grab a microfibre cloth
Alternatively, for the wheels and dashboard, a microfibre cloth will be your best friend. Leaving the sand to ingrain itself can have a detrimental impact on your car if left uncleaned, so get in there and give everything a wipe down to be safe.
This Microfiber Cleaning Cloth multi-pack ($17.99) is a lint-free, non-abrasive choice. It’s also super easy to clean as you can just chuck it in the washing machine.