Obviously one of the best parts about vacationing in Destin, Florida was enjoying the beautiful beach. The last day we were there the water was especially calm and very clear. Several cousins and siblings-in-laws headed out with scuba gear and found a ton of sand dollars. Like handfuls upon handfuls. Clare and Jude especially enjoyed seeing their loot and were given a bunch of sand dollars to take home.
The only thing is that the sand dollars were very stinky (we rinsed them pretty well at the beach and they rode home in a ziploc bag) and they were also not very white.
A few days ago we got them out and soaked them in fresh water, changing the water a few times.
Then I mixed a solution of about 1 part bleach to 3 parts water and soaked them for about 5 minutes. They instantly became classic white (and a little less stinky, too).
Beautiful keepsakes from our trip!