Some reasons to leave your shoes at the door

remove your shoes at the doorThink about all the places you walk every day then ask yourself … do you really want to bring those shoes with all that crap (or whatever) into your home..?!

First things first … I hate wearing shoes. The instant I walk in the door my shoes are off and they stay off until I have to go out in public again. I’m not like Cody Lundin but I’ve gone barefoot most of my life.

On the other hand, Bill has different shoes he wears indoors versus the ones he wears out in public.

In hindsight, these are both good practices when you consider all the stuff you track in from the great outdoors.

Removing shoes at the door is very common in many countries and cultures, but Americans rarely practice shoe removal.

But if you have kids (both 2 legged ones and 4 legged furry ones), remember all that gunk you bring in — including pollens, pesticides, poop and more — gets into the fibers of your carpets.

leave your shoes at the door

Of course if you have linoleum, tile or hardwood floors, those are much easier to clean … but how often do you clean them?

Some studies show that we are tracking all types of dangerous pollutants into our homes. For example:

  • A 2010 study by the University of Arizona found about 60% of household dust comes from outside and is primarily brought into the home from the bottom of shoes. The findings published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology show contaminants include arsenic, lead and DDT!
  • Typically when people hear lead, they think of lead-based paint used in older homes which can cause problems for young children and the unborn. However, lead is commonly tracked into homes on shoes due to auto exhaust, smelting and soil deposits.
  • Another 2010 study by the California state Department of Public Health and CHAMACOS revealed 22 pesticides were commonly found in the dust of homes in Salinas. Dr. Frank Lipman explains the Environmental Protection Agency and National Institute of Environmental Health found that low level chronic pesticide exposure as found in these homes can cause numerous health problems, especially for fetuses and young children.
  • Rodale reports a study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology, found a connection between toxic coal tar and cancer. Coal tar, a known carcinogen used in sealants, is tracked into homes from driveways, playgrounds and parking lots.

Think about this next time you’re stretched out on the floor playing with your kids or critters. And also remember little ones routinely transfer things from the floor to their hands to their mouths. Eating some dirt is good … but sometimes it can be bad.

So … going forward, consider taking off your shoes before entering your home to reduce the amount of toxins and other crud you bring in. And ask family members and visitors to remove their shoes at the door too. Realize some visitors may be uncomfortable with it, but hopefully most will comply. There are some cool signs and doormats that can help drive home the point… 🙂

take off your shoes doormat

Stay safe and have a great week!  j & B

13 Responses to Some reasons to leave your shoes at the door

  1. Lol, I love shoes, but I leave my shoes at the door too.

  2. Sandy says:

    Good one!

  3. ester says:

    Thanks for the info. I am from Europe and we never wear shoes in.. And I will sent this to my american friends- for them to understand why do I ask them to leave the shoes of my carpet!! Thank you!

  4. Mike Martlet says:

    My wife leaves her latest outdoor high-heeled shoes on in bed!

    A quick scrub of the soles and heel tips with soap and a nail brush ensures they are safe for teasing foreplay and later for spurring me on; – nothing like stilettos jabbed into your flanks and the back of the knees (along with nails in the back) to give that extra endorphin rush! LOL! 🙂


  5. amandaheels says:

    I also never wear shoes inside!

  6. Mike says:

    I live in New York and I’m not crazy about wearing shoes either. I take them off because it’s simply more comfortable for me and a release that lets me feel free after a long day at work. Just like you, the shoes come off (they literally get kicked off) the second I open the door, and I walk around in my socks. You’re definitely not alone!

  7. Julie says:

    Great idea. Leave shoes outside. Could have poop and many germs on them…

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