The sun is shining and the weather is warm. In short, it’s a perfect beach day. Your kids are having a blast splashing in the waves and making sand castles. But as you pack up and head back to the car, you might wonder how you can savor this wonderful day. Well, no worries, because you can take the beach with you with the sand.
The truth is, no matter how much effort you exude, your car is still going to have grains of sand stuck in it. But why exactly does sand get stuck on your skin—and in all the wrong places? Well, it comes down to the composition of sand. “Sand is hydrophilic, meaning that it loves water, and water loves it right back,” The Swim Guide reported. Since sand and water stick together, that’s why it can be such a challenge to remove it. Still, you shouldn’t get stuck with sand all over your kids—or your car. Learn how to get sand off your child’s skin, and every day will feel like a day at the beach.
Put On A Little Powder
Sitting in a long car ride home with sand stuck in every possible nook and cranny is just plain uncomfortable. Avoid the issue by having a bottle of baby powder ready for sprinkling. “Baby powder is good for getting sand off of your skin,” says Paula Spinelli, a cleaning expert with Merry Maids. But since it can make a big billowy cloud, be sure to sprinkle it onto a clean, dry washcloth and use it to wipe down your kid’s arms and legs. And try to ensure that your child does not to inhale it directly, since baby powder could cause respiratory issues, Parents reported.
Bring A Bucket Of Water
There’s nothing like your kiddos getting to the car and discovering that they’re covered in globs of grains of sand. But before you let them climb into your vehicle, you’re going to have to hose them down first. If there’s a long line at the outdoor shower (or you’d rather skip it altogether), just keep a gallon of water in the trunk of your car. Use a cup and pour water into it, so you can target extra sandy spots on your kid’s skin. Otherwise, your gallon of H2O will wind up on the floor — and your kiddos will still be covered in sand.
Stop It Before It Starts
Sure, it might be sweltering, but don’t let your kiddos climb into the car without shaking off any sand. For starters, give a brisk shake to beach blankets and towels. Have the kids wipe themselves down with a dry towel to eliminate excess sand on their skin, and while you’re at it, be sure to have them shake out their hair, too. You might be surprised at how much sand is locked inside your lusciously sun-kissed locks.
Brush It Off
Using a washcloth can help get sand off of your child’s body before they sit in your (somewhat) clean car. But any parent knows that trying to get rid of 4,987,632 million sand grains from a car seat is an effort in futility. That’s when you should bring along a small brush (preferably one with super soft bristles) to get rid of sand that’s clinging to your kid’s skin.
It’s important to get sand off your child’s skin after you’re done having fun in the sun. Otherwise, the sand could get scratchy and make your kiddo cranky. And that will result in one really long car ride home.