One of the joys of living in Southern California, especially the Los Angeles area, is the beaches. Driving along Highway 1 from the bottom of the state to the top is a scenic dream with lots of palm trees and large parking lots abutting the Pacific Ocean inviting surfers and beach bums alike. Whether you want to chase waves or teach your toddler how to build a sandcastle, you’re going to encounter a lot of sand.
Sand is only fun while on the beach and when it stays at the beach. Whether it be a change of the tide, the sudden craving for street tacos, or the setting sun, you’ll find yourself leaving the beach, maybe even Santa Monica Pier. As you trudge across the soft, sandy floor, gripping your son’s watermelon–stained hand as you chase your floppy straw hat, realization strikes: you and everything with you is covered in sand.
From the grit in your hair to your swimsuit grinding sandy grains into your newly sunburnt skin to, you cringe when you think of the mess that all of these tiny little fragments of rock are going to make in your nice, clean car. Never mind the laundry mess that awaits once you peel off the swimsuits to shower. Just how do you get rid of all this grit?
Luckily, we’re here with some solutions:
First shake your suit of any loose or excess sand. Try to be gentle as swimsuits aren’t as durable as we’d like to think they are. You’ll have more luck if your suit is dry. Ocean Bunny recommends turning your suit inside out to see if there are any lingering particles
If that doesn’t work, rinse your suit in cool water.
Next resort, soak your suit in a basin of lukewarm water. Hopefully, this will coax some of the sand out of the suit.
Then lay your suit out flat and allow it to dry.
Repeat this whole process again, starting by shaking the excess sand off. You might have to repeat this process a few times depending on how many times you got caught in the rip current.
Finally, once you’ve removed as much sand as possible, you’ll want to do a gentle cleanse of your garment, ridding it of any lingering ocean odors. Ocean Bunny suggests using one tablespoon of mild detergent to a gallon of water. Allow your suit to dry, not in the sun, and not in a damp area. Repeat this entire process as many times as necessary.
And let’s not forget the sandy hoodies and beach towels used during our epic day at the beach. We can help take care of these items. Please remove as much excess sand as possible, but let our specialists at The Laundry Room Express Pickup and Delivery Services take these tasks off your hands. We’re here to make your life easier and save you time. Plus, we can pick up your laundry as soon as you get home from the beach – that way you just have to worry about getting all that sand out of your hair!