It seems like an inevitable part of summer — at some point, sand will get tracked inside. Then it will find its gritty way absolutely everywhere. When a friend recently shared her aunt's secret for getting sand off everyone before they come inside, I knew I had to try it for myself. Her aunt's trick is to make pouches out of flannel, fill them with cornstarch, and use them to wipe down sandy legs and hands. She keeps one in her car for beach trips and another by her backdoor for trips to the park and sandbox.
Since I remembered the tip right before my friends came in from the beach, I improvised quickly, cutting out the pockets of an old, stained work shirt, filling them with cornstarch, and rebuttoning. They worked perfectly and the sand brushed right off.
If you only have a piece of fabric, rather than a pocket, don't worry — it's a quick sewing job. Just cut out a square of flannel, sew up the sides, twist the top and tie it off with some ribbon so you can refill later. It works best if you use a single layer of flannel, so the cornstarch can come through easily. Of course, craftier people can also make refillable drawstring pouches like this one from Skip to My Lou.
Either way, it's a lot better than hauling out the broom or vacuum after every beach trip.
Images: Kathleen Luttschyn