Tip of the Day

May 5th, 2011

Do You Wear Shoes In Your House

Maybe you're one of those people who take their shoes off even if you're not asked to, or maybe you have a strict rule in your home that no one wears shoes in the house. Our house is a bit of a do as I say not as I do kinda house. My husband and my boys generally take off their shoes when they enter the house. I don't I may keep them on all day. But that's probably about to change.

When I was researching for this blog post, I thought I would find an equal number of articles that say that it doesn't matter if you take off your shoes or not. And while there are some that suggest it to keep your feet safe from injury, the overwhelming consensus is to remove your shoes before you enter your home.

What's on your shoes?

Maybe you're thinking, like I was, that it's 11 year old boys who need to be concerned with what's on their shoes, because who knows what they've gotten into, but me? I stay out of the muck and mire, don't I. Or do I?

It is thought that each person can bring in germs like E. coli, klebsiella pneumonia, and serratia ficaria. This is because throughout our day we walk places that contains lots of germs.

The Park: The park has excrement from dogs, rodents and birds.

The Mall: Has the gunk from everyone else's shoes on the floor.

The Public Bathroom: Though I try to avoid public bathrooms anyway, they're a breeding ground for E. coli and bacteria. Yes you may have residue from feces on your shoes.

The Ball Park: Food is often dropped and ignored at sporting events and movies. Movies have gotten better the past few years, but if you're my age you may well remember the sticky floors of our youth. These still occur at baseball games and football games, and are a great place for icky stuff to stick to your shoes.

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