Researchers have found that more than 400-thousand units of bacteria can be found on the outside of our shoes, including E. coli and pneumonia. We also track unhealthy herbicides into our homes through our shoes. Another study has found that 98% of the harmful lead dust found in homes is tracked in from our shoes. To keep these harmful toxins outside of your home, be sure to leave shoes at the door.*
Politely ask family members and guests to leave their shoes at the entrance of your home. A decorative basket not only provides people a place to store their shoes, but it signals to them that you’d prefer them to take their shoes off before you even have to ask.
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