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Why Does My Bed Always Feel Sandy (8 Tips To Solve)

Have you jumped on your bed for a good night’s sleep only to find it sandy? Why does my bed always feel sandy? 

It could be because of dead skin, food crumbs, bed bugs, or dust mites. To fix the problem, you could use doormats near the bed and vacuum the bed to remove food crumbs or bugs.

Continue reading for 8 practical fixes & reasons for a sandy bed!

⌛Why Do I Always Feel Sand in My Bed [Fixed!]

ReasonsHow to Fix It?
Dirt under feet & body dustPlace a doormat near the bed; clean yourself before climbing the bed
Pets Vacuum pet hair; place a doormat outside the bedroom; lay another bedsheet
Dirt from clothes & bed sheetsSeparate outside clothes; shower before bed; shake bedsheet every morning
Bed bugs & dust mites
Vacuuming; bleach; mild detergent wash of the bedsheet
Unclean HVAC & air dustClean the different parts like filters and vents
Food crumb remainsVacuum/shake off the bed sheet
Hair fallsShake off hair every morning from sheet
Resident near coastsClose windows; install window filters

👣Dirt Under Feet and Body Dust

Dirt under Feet and Body Dust

The very obvious yet ignored reason your bed feels sandy can be the dirt you carry to the bed. 

The dirt and dust you carry to the bed are made of sandy grains; thus, your bed feels grainy and rough.

To fix it, keep a doormat beside your bed and always climb after rubbing your feet on it.

Also Read: Why Does My Floor Make My Feet Black?


Having pets is not all fun for those who own them. It involves a lot of cleaning around the house and can be the reason for your sheets feeling sandy.

Not just the hair; it can also be the dirt your pet carries to your bed (from the litter box, etc.) that bothers you. Again, the debris comprises sandy grains, making the bed sheet feel grainy.

To fix it, Place a doormat at the entrance of your bedroom to rub off most of the dirt from the pet’s feet as it enters the room.


You can also spread another bed sheet loosely over your bed. It will keep the dirt away, and you can remove the loose bed sheet just before sleeping.

👔Dirt From Clothes and Bed Sheets

Your clothes carry some amount of dirt when you go outside. So if multiple people in your house keep on their outdoor clothes and climb the bed, the dirt accumulates with each visit.

To fix this, always separate your outdoor/dirty clothes from your indoor ones. Taking a shower is also recommended after coming home from outside.

The same goes for bedsheets. If you don’t clean them, they will invite dirt and diseases. So dust them every morning and wash and change them with fresh sheets weekly (especially if you sweat a lot).

Also Read: How To Clean Mattress Without Vacuum

🐜Bed Bugs and Dust Mites

Bed Bugs and Dust Mites

Bed bugs and dust mites can also make your bed feel sandy because of their droppings or eggshells. You may also spot bug feces in the form of small black marks/crumbs.

If you get rashes and feel grainy particles but can not detect them, you’ve most likely mites on your bed.

Also, if your bed has tiny white crumbs, it could be white mites. 

Here’s how to get rid of them:

  • Wash the bedsheet with mild detergent and water.
  • Apply bleach, as it kills bugs and mites.
  • Deep vacuuming has proved to be an effective solution for removing dust mites and bugs.
  • Wipe your sweat with a towel and let the remainder dry before you make your bed (as trapped moisture might give a suitable growth environment to bugs/mites).
Also Read: Can You Vacuum Spiders?

🌬️Unclean HVAC and Air Dust

If you have an HVAC system installed and some parts (like filters) are dirty, they can likely cause more dust particles to settle on the bed sheets.

Not to mention, unclean air filters, vents, and ducts deteriorate the system’s efficiency. So you should clean these parts as and when required. 

🥞Food Crumb Remains

If you leave food crumbs on your bed sheet, it could cause you to feel grainy and scratchy on the bed. But cleaning food crumbs off the bed regularly isn’t easy because minute crumbs still stick to the bedsheet after you shake them off.

Vacuuming the bedsheet with a vacuum cleaner is a good option. 

But the best solution is always not to eat in bed. Why do unnecessary regular cleaning tasks when you can avoid them?

Also Read: Top 3 Couch Vacuum

💇‍♀️Hair Falls

Hair Falls

Hair fall occurs regularly in very small amounts, and new hair grows as well; thus, the cycle continues. Over time, hair accumulates, irritating you as you sleep because the bed sheet feels scratchy. 

To fix the issue, shake off/vacuum the bed sheet every morning. Also, change the bedsheet from time to time.

🌊Resident Near Coasts

You know all about the windy weather if you live near the coast. So it is no surprise that wind carries dirt and dust into the house. There’s no avoiding cleaning regularly that it requires.

To fix this, keep the doors and windows closed when there are strong winds. Installing F is also a good option to minimize the debris entering your home.

Also Read: How To Clean Easy Off Residue

🤔How Do You Get Sand Out Of Bed?

To not have a sandy sleeping area and get a restful night’s sleep, here are the best methods:

  • Deep cleaning of the house – Keeping your home clean also keeps the bedsheets clean as there is not much dirt air can carry over to the bedsheet. Regularly vacuum the house, as it’s the best way to collect dirt and dust and throw it away.
  • Vacuuming the bed – If you vacuum the mattresses thoroughly and keep the bed sheets clean, you remove a large amount of dust and allergens. Also, vacuuming the beds stops the growth of mites.
  • Using bleach – It could be egg shells or dropping of mites that feel sandy to you. Using bleach to clean a bedsheet is a great solution, as bleach is toxic to most mites and bugs.
  • Hydrogen peroxide for sweat stains – If your mattress starts to look dull or yellowish due to sweat stains, a hydrogen peroxide spray/solution comes in handy. Use a 3% Hydrogen Peroxide solution to dampen the stained area lightly. It’s recommended you use a spray bottle for this. Once the area dries, the stain will fade.
  • Using humidifiers – If your skin is dry or you observe a lot of dead skin on your sheet in the morning, use a humidifier. It keeps moisture in the surroundings so your skin does not feel flaky because of dry air.


Keep clean water in the humidifier and change it regularly to avoid bacterial/mold growth.

  • Removing Footwear Prior to bed – We all know sand and other debris can get easily trapped in shoe outsole ridges and fabric. So, before going to bed, remove all the footwear so you do not carry the sand to your bed.
  • Showering Before Bed – Sand easily gets stuck on the hair, clothing, and skin. Showering before going to bed removes the dirt off you, and a change of clothes is even better to solve the problem of having sand on the bed.

💡Why Does My Bed Always Feel Sandy: FAQs

What are the white crumbs in my bed?

White crumbs in your bed can be bed bug shells that bugs produce as they shed their skin. It can also be your own dead skin cells or dandruff accumulated in the bedding.

Why do my sheets feel like sandpaper?

If your new bed sheet feels stiff and scratchy like sandpaper, it’s because of its chemical residues.

You can solve the problem by:
1. Wash the sheet in a washing machine with a cup of baking soda on the regular washing cycle.

2. Add a cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle.

3. Repeat the washing but with normal detergent.

You can also use fabric softeners, borax, salt, etc., for softening the bedsheets.

What are the black sand-like particles in my bed?

The black sand-like particles in your bed can be dirt and debris or bed bug droppings. These could also cause a mild odor due to the feces. Check every part of your bed – the sheets, pillows, and mattresses to locate all the places with black spots and vacuum them.

What are the white salt-like grains in my bed?

The white salt-like grains in your bed can be dandruff, so wash your hair with a good shampoo to get rid of them. If there are several of these tiny grains, and some of them appear to be moving, then they are white mites.

Why do my bed sheets feel gritty?

If your bedsheets feel gritty, it can be due to pilling. Pilling is when the fibers of a fabric break because of stubble, other body hair, or rough feet and curl into small balls on the surface.

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