Pop quiz, hotshot: A guest walks into your home with their shoes on. What do you do?
A) Politely ask them to remove their shoes at the door
B) Wish they would take their shoes off, but say nothing
C) Probably not notice
If you chose B or C, you’re in the majority! BrightNest recently conducted a nationwide survey and found that 40 percent of homeowners allow guests and residents to wear shoes in the house. Another 25 percent said that while they prefer that shoes are removed, it isn’t a huge deal, and they’re pretty lax about the policy.
Seems harmless? Get this: Over 96 percent of shoes come into frequent contact with fecal material (looking at you, public restrooms). Plus, germs like E. coli can easily survive long enough to be tracked into your house, where they can cause illnesses and infections. According to the EPA, shoes can also track lead and other dangerous chemicals into your home.
Luckily, this is an extremely easy problem to solve. Just start enforcing a household shoe policy! By leaving your kicks at the door, you can reduce the amount of dust, dirt, toxins and allergens that enter your house by as much as 85 percent.
Want to walk the extra mile on this one? Hit your shoes with disinfectant spray every once in a while, or toss them in the washing machine (just check the shoes’ label first to make sure it’s safe). Tip: When you wash your shoes, place them in a pillowcase and put the pillowcase-package in the machine. That way, you’ll avoid damaging your washer.