Got a pre-walker or new walker in the house? Then you'd know just how much time they spend on the floor. When they're not trying with all their might to stand up and take their first steps, the floor is where it's at baby.
Unfortunately, the floor is also the favourite hang out for bacteria brought in from the outside world as a result of wearing "outside" shoes inside.
Here, we give you 5 reasons why you should NEVER wear (outside) shoes in your home.
1. You have better things to do with your time than vacuum, mop, repeat.
Have you ever tried to tell a toddler NOT to eat their favourite snack off the floor? Never gonna happen, right?
Solution: ban outside shoes, inside...and give yourself the break you deserve!
2. You could be putting your family's health at risk by wearing shoes in your home.
This seemingly innocent act exposes your home to a multitude of bacteria, as confirmed by a recent study conducted by the University of Arizona, where they discovered that the average shoe contains 421,000 units of bacteria on the outside, including a variety of harmful strains such as Escherichia coli (E.coli), Klebsiella pneumonia and Serratia ficaria.
Shoes can pick up soil and plant matter, providing these microscopic nasties with the perfect environment in which to thrive, and potentially inviting a slew of dangerous infections into your home, that have the ability to affect the lungs, respiratory system and gastrointestinal tract.
Your family's health & wellbeing are important.
Solution: lose the shoes.
3. Don't you know that they're TOXIC!
If you’ve walked through grass, your shoes may be covered in lawn fertiliser and/or weed killer. Crossed a street? There are probably trace amounts of petrol, oil and antifreeze on your shoes, too. Studies show that prolonged contact with chemicals like these is harmful, and by tracking them through your home, you’re releasing them into the air your family breathes every day.
Solution: dump the pump.
4. Farewell the mystery of the missing shoe...
Picture this. Your child is dressed and ready to go, shoes and all. You've stepped away for two minutes to put a load of washing on before heading out for the day. You come back into the room. Your child, your beautiful, beautiful child, has somehow, within that same two minutes, managed to both take off their shoes AND lose one of them somewhere in the house. Bless 'em!
Solution: store at the door.
Keep all shoes by the front door - make it the last thing to put on before you go and the first thing to take off when you return.
5. Scuff marks are never a good look...
Floors are more prone to damage if you wear shoes in your home.
The mystery trail of the black scuff mark courtesy of shoes that feature black heels and soles.
Have you ever seen what over-worn stilettos can do to hardwood?
And velcro vs carpet...the velcro always wins.
Solution: get snootie with the bootie - ban it!