How to Keep the Sandbox Clean?
It’s quite simple really - put a lid on it!
Roaming neighborhood cats and other prowling critters will use a sandbox as their own personal litterbox. Unless you expect your child to wear gloves while playing in his/her sandbox, keep it covered when not in use. No child should have to play in a dirty sandbox when putting a lid on it is so easy to do.
To keep the sand in our sandbox clean, Connor and I cover it with a tarp. Bungee cords laced through grommets on the tarp are stretched over metal hooks along two sides of the sandbox. This holds the tarp firmly in place.
Metal brackets with lengths of 2″ lattice strips raise the tarp so rain water runs right off.
It sort of resembles a covered wagon.
We remove the tarp when it’s time to play and put it back on when we’re done.
Our sandbox is situated under a tree to take advantage of shade on a hot summer day. The birds in our backyard spend a lot of time in that tree. The tarp not only prevents cats and other critters from pooping in the sand, but it takes care of bird droppings too.
For the sake of your child’s health, I urge you to cover your sandbox too!