Thursday, November 25, 2010


Did you know that your shoes are most likely dirtier than a public toilet seat?

One very simple step you can take to reducing the dirt and carcinogens you bring into your house is to take your shoes off as soon as you cross the threshold of your home.

Think of all the places your shoes have been - a beautiful lawn recently treated with chemicals, standing in a puddle of gas at the gas station, public restrooms, hospital floors...the list goes on and on.

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that shoes never be worn in the house.  It is believed that 85% of the dirt in a home originates from our shoes and our pet's paws.

As a family who spends much time on the floor of our home, we decided it would be a simple step the four of us could take to make our home healthier and safer for all of us.

Our daughter has had the concept ingrained into her and it is literally the first thing she does upon entering the home (so immediately that she completely blocks all of the remaining traffic trying to enter!)
When she was only about two, she would somewhat bossily exclaim to people walking in "shoes off!" almost to our embarrassment.  And while we don't insist our guests do the same, it is nice to have a little helper in protecting our health!

 And an added bonus: your floors stay cleaner!  Hooray!

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