How to Clean and Reuse Reptile Substrate/Sand

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24-10-2016, 21:15
Keeping a reptile's habitat clean is one way that can help ensure a long and healthy life for your pet. Caring for a reptile is a daily commitment and even low maintenance species require a lot of TLC, and the costs can add up. One way to help with the financial aspect of owning a reptile is learning how to sanitize and re-use substrate/sand. It is suggested that play sand works well for reptiles and to choose the finest grain possible. Others warn against using sand/ wood altogether as it is harmful if swallowed. Keeping those concerns in mind, the process of washing then baking the sand at a high temperature will aid in removing a lot of dust particles, as well as kill harmful bacteria and parasites looming in the substrate.


  1. Put reptile in a safe enclosure while you are cleaning the sand
  2. Collect  part of the sand and put it into a bucket or large pan.
  3. Use a garden hose outside or sink to sift through the sand while washing it thoroughly.  Feces, debris, molted skin, and food waste will float to the top leaving clean sand on the bottom.
  4. Once the sand has been washed, take some parchment paper or aluminum foil on to a large cookie sheet or baking dish.
  5. Place the tray into the oven and bake the  sand at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 60 minutes or until obviously dry.
  6. Let sand cool down. Now that it's dry, simply pour the clean sand into a class jar or any other clean container.


  • It is easier to see unwanted particles if done in smaller batches.
  • It is recommended that sand be changed every couple of months.
  • If some debris and/or odor remains in the sand it may be necessary to rewash and bake until you are satisfied that it is safe for your pet.


  • Sand is hot after oven time. Let sand cool completely before human or reptile contact.
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