Zero Tolerance: Do You Have a Strict "Shoes Off" House?

Zero Tolerance: Do You Have a Strict "Shoes Off" House?

Andie Powers
Mar 14, 2014
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The other day, we drove past a house in our neighborhood that had a giant sign taped to the door that read "SHOES OFF!," written in permanent marker. I thought I ran a tight ship when it came to taking shoes off in the house, but apparently I'm more relaxed than I thought!

We take our shoes off at the front door, but never pressure guests to do so, and wouldn't dream of asking workers or contractors to take off their shoes.

On the side of untying those laces before coming into the house, aside from the obvious reasons (it's more comfortable, and much quieter if you live in an apartment building), wearing your shoes in the house may be hazardous to your health!

According to WebMD, "The professional cleaning industry estimates that we track 85% of the dirt in our homes in from the outside on our shoes or paws of pets. In a recent warning about lead exposure, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) specifically recommends that shoes remain outside the house." However, the same article suggests that simply "wiping our shoes off as we enter the home reduces the amount of contaminated dirt tracked in."

So tell us — is there a zero tolerance no-shoes policy in force at your place?

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