When it comes to house cleaning hurdles, Aussies face a unique set of challenges. One such challenge is the daily fight against sand in your home. Regardless of whether you’re a clean up as you go type or prefer to do house cleaning on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, Aussies are faced with tracking sand into their homes constantly, as well as sand blowing in through windows. That means that addressing sand takes initiative beyond your standard cleaning schedule.
Aussies have several tactics at their disposal to eliminate sand before it enters their homes. Here are a few tips to help you keep sand out of your house so that it doesn’t become an overwhelming problem.
Get Rid of Sand Before You Enter
With a slight change in habit, you can rid yourself of the sand you’re carrying on your feet/shoes/clothing before you enter your home, so that you can keep the sand out!
- Have a hose off area or an outdoor shower with towels handy. That way your family can rinse and dry off outside.
- Brush skin and clothing off with a soft bristle brush, if getting wet isn’t for you or if your hose isn’t located in a convenient spot.
- Vacuum your hair (using the lowest setting) to get sand out before entering the house.
- Remove shoes at the door and use slippers or other “inside shoes” in the house. Keep buckets for outdoor shoes on the porch and inside the entranceway for indoor shoes.
- Lay out welcome mats and runners at doorways. Shake out the runners daily.
- Build a mud room where sandy items, including outdoor shoes, can be left securely.
In sandy climates, sand makes it way into homes through the cracks in weathered windows and doors. Seal out the draft that is bringing sand into your home.
- Caulk up any cracks you find in and around windows and doors.
- Reinstall weather stripping.
- Vacuum along windows and by doors using a model with a HEPA filter at least twice weekly.
- Wipe down windows and window sills every other day.
Make Cornstarch Your Mate
- Cornstarch removes moisture from skin, which makes brushing off sand much more effective. When used in a flannel pouch, sand is gone 1-2-3.
- To create a flannel pouch, cut the pocket out of an old flannel shirt or cut a square of flannel material and sew up the sides. Next, fill the pouch with cornstarch and either sew it shut or tie it closed using a piece of ribbon or cord.
- Once you have your flannel pouch, rub the pouch on your hair, body, clothes or anywhere else that you have sand. Watch in amazement as the sand just disappears. Make a few pouches and keep them by the doorway so that guests and family alike can de-sand before entering your home.