There’s nothing quite so soul-enriching as spending the day by the water. When the sun’s beaming down, and the water is calling your name, there’s nothing better than giving in to nature and hitting the surf.
But there’s also nothing so soul-destroying as coming back home for a little après-surf Aperol, only to find that your floor — and lounge, and rug, and bed — is covered in sand. Luckily, there are ways to stop the gritty scourge. Here’s how to do it.
1. Use the right tools
First up, invest in a towel that repels sand. Yep, they’re real, and they’re spectacular. We like , which makes ultra-absorbent micro-fibre beach towels (in fab patterns), but there are plenty of brands out there.
Next, make sure you only wear thongs or sandals that can be hosed off — wearing closed-toe shoes to the beach and expecting to walk in your house clean-footed is a bit like giving your child a Mars bar and then being surprised when they won’t eat their dinner.
Finally, invest in a neoprene bag for your beach essentials. Neoprene won’t attract sand, and even if sand does cling to it, it can be brushed off, hosed down or chucked in the washing machine. You can even buy neoprene pouches to keep smaller items like your wallet, phone and keys safe.
2. Get some baby powder
Yes, you read that right — baby powder. When you’re done at the beach, dust some baby powder over your feet and watch the sand disappear. Truly — it’s a baby-powder miracle.
How does it work? The baby powder soaks moisture from your skin, making it easy for the sand to slide right off. If you’re not really keen on the idea of using baby powder or talcum powder, cornstarch works just as well. Keep a bottle of it in your car, too — after all, nobody likes a sandy car either. You can make the job less messy (and wasteful) by filling cotton or flannel pouches with talc or cornstarch, and rubbing these on sandy limbs.
3. Use a watering can
We don’t all have access to a rainfall outdoor shower (we should be so lucky!) but even if you’re lacking in the outdoor water feature department, you can still rinse off before you head inside. The obvious option is a hose, but if dousing yourself all over doesn’t appeal, simply grab your watering can and a wooden doormat as a sort of DIY-rinse-off station. If you’re in transit, use a spray bottle filled with water — hydrating and clean!
4. Rinse everything off
So, you’ve used baby powder and now your body is sand-free… but what about everything you own? Stash your beach belongings in a mesh bag. When you get home, peg the bag on the washing line, rinse the whole thing down with the hose and simply leave it to dry. Just remember to take your phone out, first!