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 even track lead and other dangerous chemicals into your home. Keep these germs and toxins outside with a household shoe policy!
Clear a space next to each of your exterior doors where people can put their shoes. Bins or wicker baskets work great for this.
Put a sign somewhere near the door to remind people to take their shoes off. This is especially helpful for guests who may not be aware of your policy. If you have kids that tend to be forgetful, consider docking their allowance each time you catch them trotting around with their shoes on. Tough love!
To walk the extra mile on this one, spray your shoes with disinfectant 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 in the machine. That way, you’ll avoid damaging your washer.