8 Alternative DIY Uses for Sand

Sand is one of those things that a lot of us have left over after some sort of DIY effort. However, it doesn’t just need to lie there at the back of the shed until the next bout of home improvement comes along. In fact, it’s easily put to work elsewhere. So, let’s take a look at 10 alternative uses for sand.


If you change the oil in your car, then you’ll be familiar with the chance there will most likely be a smudge of oil along the ground somewhere. However, sand can be utilised in the clean-up process. All you have to do is sprinkle some of the stuff on top of the mess and leave it to soak it up.


Lighting a pathway for those special occasions is something that can really look great and is ever so natural. Filling mason jars with sand and then dropping a tea light in makes the perfect way to do so and also provides a very attractive glow along the walkway.


Have you ever tried to balance a circular item such as a pot or cup for repair with superglue? Well, sand is the perfect way to do this. All you have to do is to prop the item up in sand to steady it. The grains allow you to glue it easily together without it rolling around the place.


Wooden slabs and other outdoor areas can end up quite easy to slip on and one way to ensure that you don’t have to worry so much about this issue is to add sand to the paint. Adding around ¾ of a cup of sand to 2 cups of paint achieves a mixture that is ideal for coating and creating grip on stairs and outdoor areas.

Slides and Swings

Children’s play areas are notorious for injury and placing a foundation of sand underneath these areas is the perfect way to decrease the risk of injury. It’s been shown that it’s even better than wood chips.

Shabby Chic

The distressed, shabby chic finish is one that creates a rustic look that’s very popular nowadays. It’s easy to do too – all you need to do is scrub a piece of stained furniture with a cloth dipped in two parts sand and one part water.

Grease Fire

If you end up with a grease fire, it can be quite a hazard and water is only going to fan the flames and cause injury. Having a bucket of sand beside the barbeque in case of such a scenario is a good idea and perfect for dousing the flames.


Garden tools need to be conditioned at times and this is achieved by mixing motor oil with sand and then placing the tools in a bucket filled with the mixture. Clean off the tools, dip them into a bucket and then brush off the sand and store the tools for the winter. They should be ready to go come spring.

These are just some of the ways that sand can be used in the home to make life and DIY a lot easier.

Cormac Reynolds writes articles for a number of blogs of this kind and has written this for Bestathire a UK tool hire company


I am a lover of all things DIY and have written for a number of renowned home improvement sites.

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