Spending a fun-filled day on the beach is often considered one of the highlights of the summer holidays. However, keeping your beach towels sand-free is always an ongoing challenge. Beach towels seem to be a magnet for sand. The question is whether there is a better alternative to beach towels?
Sheets are good for the beach. They absorb water well and dry quickly, preventing sand from sticking to fabric fibers and making sheets easy to keep clean. Loose sand is easy to shake off sheets. Remove any remaining sand grains by tugging sheets from side to side.
Sheets provide an excellent alternative to beach towels and blankets. By following six easy steps, you can set up an effective barrier between yourself and the sea sand, allowing you to enjoy a far more relaxing day at the beach.
The Benefits Of Using A Sheet On The Beach
As any beachgoer will tell you, sand is always an irritation at the beach. A common frustration is that sea sand sticks to everything and is difficult to keep off beach blankets and towels. Sheets provide a great alternative to beach towels. They are light, easy to fold, and don’t take up much space in a beach bag.
Sheets absorb water well and aren’t as porous as beach towels, allowing them to dry quickly. As a result, sand does not become ingrained in the fabric and remains mainly on the sheet’s surface, making it easier to keep sheets clean.
A sheet can be shaken and dusted off to remove sand before leaving the beach. The chances of taking a lot of beach sand home with you are far less than when you have used towels and beach blankets.
Cleaning Sheets That You Have Used On The Beach
When you return home, let the sheets dry off in the sun, or let them soak in a solution and dry thoroughly. As soon as the sheets are dry, tug them top to bottom and side to side to rid them of any sand grains that may have stuck to the sheet’s fibers. You can do the same with the clothes you wear to the beach.
If you have washed your sheets, sandy towels, or clothes in a washing machine, use a wet cloth to wipe around the sides of the drum to prevent sand grains from sticking to your next bundle of laundry. Do the same if you have used a dryer.
The Best Way To Use Sheets On The Beach
Creating a barrier between yourself and the beach using a simple fitted bed sheet is the best way to use sheets on a beach. This barrier keeps beach sand at bay and deters other beachgoers from walking across or past you and flicking sand onto your towels and belongings.
It is preferable to use a large, fitted sheet. King or queen-size sheets are best as they allow ample space to contain your belongings and leave room for you to relax in your sand-free area.
In addition to keeping your beach space less sandy, a sheet barrier creates a clean play area for toddlers and babies on the beach. You can move your umbrella to wherever you need shade, and you won’t have to shift your towels and belongings around.
Putting Up A Sheet Barrier In Six Easy Steps
By following these six easy steps, you will have your beach barrier up in no time. Do this as soon as you get to the beach.
- Step one – Use an elasticized fitted bed sheet. Turn the fitted sheet upside down with the elasticized edges facing upwards, as if putting the sheet on the bottom of a mattress.
- Step two – Spread the sheet flat across the sand, trying not to get sand onto the sheet.
- Step three – Place clean weighted objects in each elasticized corner of the sheet; ensure that they are heavy enough to keep the sheet in place. Beach bags, more excellent boxes, and beach chairs work well.
- Step four – Pull the elasticized corners of the sheet up and around the sides of the weighted objects.
- Step five – Once the corners are in place, use them to stretch the sheet out even further to lay flat against the sand.
- Step Six – Lift the remaining sides of the sheet to create a box-shaped sheet barrier.
- Make sure you pull the corners and sides of the sheets as high and tight as possible. You will then have a well-fitted barrier between yourself and the beach sand.
- You will feel more of the sand underneath you, so sitting on a thicker sheet is better. Use beach towels and blankets inside your fitted sheet to make yourself more comfortable.
Other Tips To Make Your Beach Experience Even More Pleasant
After setting up your sheeted beach barrier, there are additional tips you can use to keep your space sand-free:
- Don’t shake beach towels out too close to where you are seated. Sand could blow onto your sheet.
- Place a bucket of water by your beach barrier and use this to rinse your feet, flip-flops, and beach toys before stepping on the sheet.
- Bring an extra bag for wet costumes so that sand from your bathing suit doesn’t stick to your towels and beach blankets.
- Rub talcum powder on feet, legs, arms, and anywhere else that sand appears to be sticking. Talcum powder is chalky and absorbs water, loosening sand quickly and making it easy to dust off.
- A brush effectively dusts off beach toys, buckets, umbrellas, and chairs to prevent sand from spreading. Dust these before you head home. If you dust working from top to bottom, you don’t need to clean the same area twice.
- Keep phones in small plastic Ziploc bags. These bags will ensure that little grains of sand don’t make their way into the corners and cover of your phone. Use a clear Ziploc bag so that you can type through the plastic.
- Ziploc bags also work well for wallets, suntan lotion bottles, and headphones. Wash them out and dry them to use again.
Sheets are good to use at the beach because they absorb water well and dry quickly, so the sand doesn’t stick to them. Sheets are also easy to clean and an ideal alternative to beach towels. Remove sand by simply shaking dry sheets.
A large, elasticized fitted sheet, turned upside down and weighted on each corner, creates an effective barrier to keep your beach space clean and comfortable and allows you to relax in a sand-free area.