Sunday, November 19, 2017

Natural Soap Mom: Why You Need a No Shoes In the House Policy if You Have Little Kids

Natural Soap Mom: Why You Need a No Shoes In the House Policy if You Have Little Kids

"When you go to the bathroom at the grocery store, you don’t let your 2-year-old play and splash in the toilet water. Right? That would be gross!
And you wouldn’t lay your baby on the bathroom floor? That would border on child abuse. That’s why you keep your baby in the stroller or the cart.

No shoes in the grass-. That’s fun! No shoes in the parking lot. I didn’t think so. Think about all those oil and antifreeze stains in the parking lot.

Yet the same germs found on that bathroom floor, get on your shoes. Tracked into your home and onto your carpet and floors."

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kidspot: Do you take your shoes off at the front door?

Kidspot: Do you take your shoes off at the front door?

by Amy Lyall

"For some taking your shoes off at the door may seem like a hassle, but it’s definitely an easy way to avoid germs getting into your home.

A recent study led by researchers at the University of Houston has shown that 26.4 per cent of shoes carry Clostridium difficile, which can give you diarrhoea and stomach cramps.

Another study from 2015 claims 40 per cent of shoes carry Listeria monocytogenes, which is disgusting to think about.

But it gets worse. If you work on a farm or you've had a little stroll through farmland there’s a pretty good chance your shoes are covered in E coli according to a 2014 study.

It’s horrible to think germs like that are all over your floor at home."

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Monday, November 06, 2017

Ways to Save the Planet Challenge





It probably won't do much to save the planet, but keeping your home shoe-free will create an healthier home environment for your family.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Apartment Therapy: 5 Things That Should Never Happen in Your Living Room

Apartment Therapy: 5 Things That Should Never Happen in Your Living Room

by Adrienne Breaux

Wearing shoes around any part of your house is actually a fast way to make it dirtier than it needs to be. But because the living room is often closer to the entry of your home, this room gets more shoe wearing if you tend to forget to take yours off. So work on creating a place in your entryway where you can slip shoes off easily. It'll keep your living room (and the rest of your home) cleaner!

You can rely on Apartment Therapy (owned by Martha Stewart) to post pro-shoes off articles

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Culture Trip: How a Trip to Norway Can Make You a More Caring Person

Culture Trip: How a Trip to Norway Can Make You a More Caring Person

"Norwegians are so adamant about their “no shoes inside” policy, they even enforce it at primary schools—so that children learn it from a young age. Taking off your shoes is first and foremost a practicality in Norway: the weather conditions mean that you’re probably coming from a rainy or snowy environment and your shoes are a wet mess, so it’s definitely healthier for your feet not to carry all that inside the house. Plus, most Norwegian houses have floor heating, so it’s really possible to walk barefoot all year long if you want. But taking your shoes off when coming home or visiting a friend’s home also signifies that it’s time to relax and feel cozy—and that you’re probably in the presence of people who won’t mind your silly socks."

Sunday, October 08, 2017

My Sister's Housewarming Party




Yesterday I attended the housewarming party of my sister and her partner in east London. They are renting; they can't afford to buy a property with astronomical London prices.

My sister and her partner were not wearing shoes inside, but they were not bothered whether people took their shoes off and said so when asked by the guests (unlike me- when I threw my housewarming I specifically requested shoes off on the invitation). The majority of the guests removed their shoes, but some did keep their shoes on.

It's interesting to think about the mentality of the person who comes in, sees lots of shoes by the door, but keeps their shoes on. Maybe it shows that the UK is not a very conformist society. Is the US even less conformist? Would people be even less likely to take the cue at an American party?

What it shows is that it is just not enough to leave your shoes by the door and assume that people will take the hint. If you do want shoes off, you are sometimes going to have to ask politely.

Sign in a Shop in Henley



I was on holiday with my father two weeks ago, in Henley-on-Thames, a very posh town in Oxfordshire where houses sell for millions of pounds.

In a shop in Henley, I saw this sign on sale with the message 'Leave your dirty boots here: Only your smile is welcome.' I suppose it's a bit much for posh people in Henley to ask visitors to always take their shoes off, but they can at least ask for boots muddied by coutry lanes to come off. I'm not sure how the 'only your smile is welcome' would go down.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Mumsnet: Would you ask a healthcare professional to remove shoes if coming inside your house?

Mumsnet: Would you ask a healthcare professional to remove shoes if coming inside your house?


Another fierce debate on Mumsnet. Those on the 'No' side made some good arguments about the safety of lone workers, however, those arguing for 'Yes' made some good points too. I liked this comment:

"If a family are living with a disease like cancer they are likely to be very anxious and feel pretty powerless in the face of it.
Respecting their need to feel in control of the cleanliness of their environment would be a nice thing to do.
I guarantee most of them know that taking your shoes off won't prevent infections but if it helps them feel safer, why not do it?
Why not use anti bac if it helps?

People are not automatically stupid and demanding because they are in need of in-home care. We visit them at the worst times of their lives. Putting up with a few illogical requests is not difficult. It doesn't impinge on your professional status.
Its kind.

I don't understand why people get so offended. You walk away from that household at the end of your visit. They are still there dealing with caring 24 hours a day for their child or facing the death of a loved one.

Why not let them feel listened to?"

People do not choose to need healthcare workers. There need for respect in their home environment is as important as the healthcare workers' need for safety.

The 'No' side in this rightly point out that healthcare workers will visit many homes which are very dirty and whose residents may present a physical threat necessitating a quick exit. However, those living in clean homes who would never dream of assaulting a nurse or social worker may be deeply affronted by being treated in the same manner. Simply citing trust policy or health and safety does not remove the sense of invasion and disrespect some may feel when healthcare workers decline to remove their shoes. This is not at all an easy topic.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Organic Life: 5 Healthy Reasons To Adopt A Shoes-Off Policy At Home

Organic Life: 5 Healthy Reasons To Adopt A Shoes-Off Policy At Home

by Kathleen Corlett

“Basically any surface environment can be contaminated by animal fecal material every day,” writes M. Jahangir Alam, lead author of the report that was published this January and assistant professor at the University of Houston's College of Pharmacy. “It’s hard to find any surface without fecal contamination.” Even if you do try your best to sidestep any small pile of dog poop on your daily commute, spores from previous droppings can survive on surfaces for many months. Then, when we unknowingly walk on contaminated surfaces, our shoe soles become contaminated.


A very good article on why one should apply a shoes-off policy consistently and with as few exceptions as possible.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Theresa May in Japan




Theresa May removed her shoes in Japan for a tea ceremony; though it doesn't look like a proper tea ceremony. I'm pretty sure you kneel down for a tea ceremony. That looks like cheating.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

AirBNB Tip

UpOut: How To Run An AirBNB Behind Your Landlord’s Back

No shoes, no service —

Lay down the law regarding cleanliness. Only rent to non-smokers without pets, and ask them to take off their shoes.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Crocs