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You or your kids got a bit too enthusiastic with kinetic sand.
You in your efforts to enjoy time with them. They in their effort to have as much fun as possible, in as little time as they can.
And now, you’re trying to figure out how to fix this mess.
You’ve come to the right place.
First, don’t fret if your kids decided to taste-test the sand. It’s non-toxic, so small amounts are unlikely to cause any issue.
The only problem is if they’ve swallowed large amounts. In that case, the sand could get stuck in their bowels.
If your kid did decide to enjoy plentiful quantities of the stuff, it’s definitely safest to contact your GP for advice.
As for other places…
Let’s look at some quick tricks for getting that sand out of a myriad of inconvenient places!
How to Get Kinetic Sand Out of Clothing
This is probably the first thing you want to do in any case.
And don’t worry, it’s quite easy to get ANY kind of sand out of your clothes.
Kinetic sand is notoriously easy to clean. It sticks to itself, meaning that you could start by creating a little ball of it, and rolling it around to collect the rest of it.
Check out this video to see what I mean exactly:
If this doesn’t work, then you may have to get more creative.
Dish Soap to the Rescue
A simple solution of dishwasher detergent mixed in a cup of distilled water should do the trick.
Just spray it onto the affected areas, and then follow up with a rag to finish the clean-up. Repeat this as needed.
Let it dry up, and then collect any remaining kinetic sand with your hands.
Don’t Stick It in The Washing Machine Straight Away
Sand can get stuck in your washing machine, ultimately causing issues down the line.
You’re going to want to start by cleaning as much sand out of your clothing as possible.
A quick shakedown outside, and, if you want to save the sand, collecting it with my first method, is your best bet.
But, Now It’s in My Carpet!
Now, this is frustrating.
And sometimes cleaning your carpet can start to feel like you’re only making the problem worse.
This is why it’s so important to do it right.
Don’t worry, my experience as a mother and as a result, an all but professional carpet cleaner, means that I understand just how to do this.
Thankfully, as I said before, kinetic sand isn’t quite like natural sand. As you may already know, it’s a mixture of 2% silicone and 98% sand.
This mix is much easier to clean up, but you should be careful nevertheless.
1. Start With Sweeping
You’re going to want to try to remove as much sand as possible before it even gets into the carpet’s fibers.
A simple floor cleaning brush will do the trick and should get the bulk of it.
You could also get some of the pieces by hand.
Once you’ve done this, we can move on to step 2.
Be careful when you’re doing this as pressing too hard could cause the sand to go deeper into your carpet.
2. Give It a Nice Vacuum
This dough-like sand vacuums up easily.
If you don’t manage to pick up every single bit of sand, then I’ve got one final trick up my sleeve.
3. Try a White Vinegar Solution
Now, this could be step 3 if step 2 didn’t work out for you.
All you need is 1/3 cup of white vinegar, and about 2 cups of distilled water.
Mix the solution, and then spray it on the affected areas. Allow it to dry for a few minutes.
Follow up with a rag and wipe up as much as you can.
Kinetic sand sticks together. S, so, as I’ve already said, ALWAYS start by trying to roll it all into a nice ball.
This should work if it gets stuck on your skin.
If it gets stuck in your or your kid’s hair, a fine-tooth comb should do the trick!
It’s also highly unlikely to spread, which usually means it’s an easy clean.
You could also try the methods I’ve mentioned in this article to get kinetic sand out of blankets and other materials.
And as I’ve said, kinetic sand is non-toxic, so for the most part, you don’t have to worry about it being a hazard for your children.
Best of luck!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you get kinetic sand out of fabric?
What I recommend is: wet the area with some warm water, let it dry, and then clean it up with a cloth afterward. But you can also make a little ball out of kinetic sand and use it to pick up the pieces!
Does kinetic sand wash out of clothes?
Kinetic sand does stick to things, but it is quite easy to remove with a bit of perseverance. Start by collecting as much as you can with your hands before switching to something else like a dishwashing detergent solution.
How do you remove kinetic sand stains?
In this case, the white vinegar and distilled water solution might be best. It’ll also help remove any of the colors that may have stuck in the material.