Research conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the University of Arizona tested what's being toted into U.S. households via shoe soles.
The findings? Not just dangerous germs and fungi. No, that's too tame.
The facts about those shoe soles. They contain:
- fecal matter;
- rodent droppings;
- toxic herbicides;
- cigarette residue;
- pollen; and,
- lead dust.
Yes, all of this potentially is being tracked into homes on the soles of shoes, with floors presenting potentially a greater threat to good health than toilet seats.
Ever seen a child sitting on a floor, playing with a shoe, and then placing those hands into his or her mouth? How about chewing on a shoe?
Some folks even place their shoes near their beds. Think of what they're breathing in during a good night's sleep gone bad!
The solution? Health experts advise implementing the Japanese "No Shoes" rule: Remove them at the doorway just prior to entering the home.
Plus, there's an additional side benefit: Removing the shoes before entering the home keeps the floors cleaner and those soles out of the bedroom.
Let the discussion begin...
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