As a busy mom I know how hard it can be to make any changes in your home, especially if they cost a lot of time or money. According to the EPA, there’s one thing you can do to cut your exposure of lead dust and other harmful chemicals by 60%…leave your shoes at the door!
Think about all the places your shoes go throughout the day; parks, public bathrooms, stores, sidewalks and other public spaces. During your normal day, shoes pick up harmful chemicals like pesticides, fertilizers, lead dust and bacteria.
Taking off your shoes is the easiest way to cut down the amount of toxins in your home. Here are some helpful tips:
- Place a basket, bench or shelf for shoes at the door or just outside
- Invest in a pair of “house shoes or slippers” for family members
- Get in a habit of asking guests to remove their shoes or consider posting a sign
- Paws get dirty too! Make sure your dog or cat has clean paws before entering the home.
Habits can be hard to break, but this one is worth enforcing especially if you have kids crawling and playing on your floors. Plus, just think how much cleaner your floors will be on a regular basis!