Do you live in a “no shoes inside” home or a “please just wipe your feet” kinda home? Do you allow shoes inside your house or do you ask your kids and guests to take them off before entering your home?
I rarely take off my shoes before going inside so how can I ask my family and friends to do otherwise? We have always allowed shoes inside our home unless they are so dirty that you would obviously take them off (think mud run dirty) .
Up until recently, I never gave our shoe policy a second thought. My husband and I keep up with cleaning the floors as best we can, and I let my family know if they haven’t wiped their feet as well as I’d like them to!
I can remember many times from my childhood when my mother would have to get out the broom to sweep up our floor after someone (me or my dad usually) tracked mud, grass, stones, or some other mess-maker into the house. So for me, messy floors are supposed to happen. It’s why they make brooms and mops…and Swiffer wet jets. Only cleaning fanatics would dare to ask you to remove your shoes before coming inside, right?
After reading this article, I’m not so sure. I learned there is a good chance that our shoe soles are contaminated with disgusting germs that can make us sick such as the infamous C. diff bacteria. Our shoes pick up germs from a variety of sources outside and track those germs into our homes when we don’t take our shoes off. One common source of C. diff bacteria on shoes is animal waste but don’t think you’re safe if you don’t have a family pet, even bird poop can be a source of C. diff! Yuck!
So now that I’m completely grossed out and ready to throw everyone’s shoes in the washer on the sanitize cycle and I’m wondering if that “stomach bug” we all had last winter was caused by C. diff that we ourselves brought into our house, I have to ask: is it time for a change?
Seriously, don’t be surprised future guests of our home if you see a sign near the door asking you to take off your shoes before coming inside.
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