Kids love to play in the sand. If your kids have a sandbox to play in, it’s up to you to make sure that sand stays clean and sanitary for them. You should never use sand in a children’s sandbox that’s not labeled “play sand,” and the package should also say that it’s been sterilized. However, even if you buy the right kind of sand, you will still need to clean it periodically. Otherwise, your children could be playing in contaminated sand.
Look through the sand for any food products. You should never let your children eat when playing in the sand, but should the occasional drop make its way into the sandbox, it will attract birds and other small animals that can contaminate the sand.
Scoop out any animal droppings you find in the sand. If an animal does make its way into the sandbox, make sure you get rid of anything he may have left behind.
Change the sand. It might be a good idea to just change the sand if you find animal droppings or other major contaminants in the box.
Start with new sand each season. When winter comes and your kids are no longer playing in the sand, empty the box and cover it for the season. In the spring when your kids want to go outside to play in the sandbox, add brand new sand. Remember, you should use sand that's labeled sterilized "play sand."
Cover the sandbox when your kids aren't playing in it. This will help keep the sand clean longer.