10 Uses for Sand
If you've ever deiced your driveway, mixed concrete, or filled a sandbox, you likely have a leftover bag or two of these great grains. Here's how to put them to work
Sprinkle a generous amount of sand onto a garage floor spill. Let the grains soak up the oil, then sweep up the mess.
Fill mason jars with sand and drop a tea light into each to create a welcoming—and inexpensive—glow along a walkway.
Bury the larger part of a broken item, such as a coffee mug, halfway in a container filled with sand. The grains will hold the item in place while you glue it back together.
In a bucket, combine 2 cups of paint with ¾ cup of sand. Use the mixture to coat stair treads; let dry, then top them with a coat of regular paint.
Lay a foundation of 12 inches of sand under a children's swing set or slide (it's been shown to decrease risk of injury better than wood chips).
Scrub a painted or stained piece of furniture with a mixture of 2 parts sand to 1 part water to give it a worn, rustic look.
Keep a small bucket of sand near a charcoal grill for dousing flare-ups.
Fill a 5-gallon bucket with sand and about a quart of old motor oil. Knock soil off tools after use, then dip their heads into the bucket a few times. Brush off the sand and store the tools as usual.
Put a little sand and soapy warm water in your vessel. Swish the solution around to help loosen residue, then rinse thoroughly.
Center a sealed ziplock bag of sand on a square of fabric. Gather the material at the bag's top and secure with raffia, then place in front of a door.