My parents always insisted that we take off our shoes before we come into the house, but I never really saw the issue with it. As long as I wiped them on the mat outside, what difference does it make?
As it turns out, it makes a whole lot of difference, and if you’re one of those people who’s never cared before, you really need to see this…
Shoes track in a lot more than just dirt.
Harmful bacteria can actually be tracked in by the soles of your shoes. As many as nine different types of bacteria call your shoes home, and they can lead to infections in your eyes, lungs, and stomach.
Shoes can track in toxins, as well, especially the kind that have been linked to long-term health problems. These substances include things like pesticides, fecal matter, coal tar, and lead. Removing your shoes at the door is a good preventative measure.
Carpets keep those toxins trapped in your home. This is especially problematic for babies and toddlers, who spend a lot of time crawling around on the floor.
Taking off your shoes is critical to your overall health as well. Wearing shoes for too long contributes to knee, hip, and back pain.
Your floors will thank you, too. It can be expensive and annoying to have to fix your floors, and bare feet don’t tear them up as badly.
The best thing to do if you still don’t want to walk around the house barefoot may just be to keep a pair of good slippers handy. Healthy AND comfy!
This makes a lot of sense when you think about it, so think twice next time you’re about to walk through the house with your shoes on!
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