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- The reason we don’t wear shoes in the house is because of the muddy or dusty footprints they will leave behind. While those are valid reasons, forget that. Wearing shoes in the house is a health hazard.
- Considering you wear your shoes to every place you go without paying too much attention about what you might be stepping on, they harbor all manner of disgusting bacteria that can wreak havoc in your life.
If you must really wear shoes in the house consider options such as slippers, loafers etc. that should only be used indoors and frequently washed to avoid any buildup.
With that said, here are five reasons that will hopefully deter you from bringing your dirty shoes into the house.
According to studies, one shoe can carry 400,000 plus bacteria. These hosts of organisms can be hidden in your shoes and thrive resulting to all manner of nasty diseases. Of the common ones is E. coli bacteria which is found in the environment, foods and intestines of people and animals. E. coli are a large and diverse group of bacteria and although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you very sick.
Rarely do we think about the chemicals found on the grass and earthy terrain we walk on. Yet these are sprayed with fertilizers, weed killers and other chemicals that find their way to the sole of your shoes. You are also exposed to trace amounts of petrol, oil, antifreeze etc. Studies show that prolonged contact with such chemicals is harmful and carrying them through your house you release them into the air you breathe.
- Shoes can ruin floors
Worn out heels can damage wooden floors causing them to chip leaving behind an imprint with every step made. This goes for carpets and rugs which will wear out leaving behind snags and stains.
- Saves time on cleaning
This goes without saying. A no shoe policy in the house will mean less brooms, mops and vacuums. Less dirt makes cleaning easier and saves on time. This should especially apply to homes with young children who roll on the floor and will occasionally find hidden snacks. Yuck!
- No more lost shoes
If you have kids, you will understand the pain of searching for a lost boot which he or she is insisting on wearing. Having no designated area or place where dirty shoes are kept will come to bite you in the butt sooner than you think. Look for a permanent solution where everyone puts worn shoes making it easier to track each pair, clean and store away. In short, this will create order.
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