Sunday, April 24, 2016

Thank Your Body: Reduce home toxins by 60% (and you’ll never guess how easy it is!)

Thank Your Body: Reduce home toxins by 60% (and you’ll never guess how easy it is!)

"Ready to reduce home toxins by 60%? Yeah, I thought so. And you’ll love how simple the solution is. Ready for it? I’m going to tell you right here in the first paragraph: Take your shoes off.

That’s it! Reduce home toxins that easily. Seems to good to be true, right? But it is. The truth is that research has shown that 85% of the soil and contaminants inside your home can be found within 10 to 12 feet of the exterior doors. Think about all the places your feet go throughout a day. The grocery store. The gas station. The park. Now think about how many other feet are also trekking around those places. Feet that have been who-knows-where."

Yahoo Answers: How do you get friends to take off their shoes at the door?

Yahoo Answers: How do you get friends to take off their shoes at the door?

'I'm thinking about implementing the "no shoes in the house rule" as I try to keep house healthier and cleaner. Do any of you do this? How do you ask others to remove their shoes if they visit your home?'

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Lozier's Peaceful Valley| Culture shock: What’s all the fuss about shoes?

Lozier's Peaceful Valley| Culture shock: What’s all the fuss about shoes?

"In Afghanistan, it is customary to remove your shoes before entering a home. Typically you will find a jumbled pile of the inhabitants’ shoes immediately inside and outside the entrance of houses, apartments, some shops, offices and hotels. Sometimes there are a collection of communal slippers inside the door, but since I was coming from an individualistic culture, I had brought my own indoor sandals and learned to hide them so that they did not become communal.

I was prepared to remove my shoes upon entering Afghan homes. But I didn’t know that Afghans wear different shoes in different rooms. There are bathroom shoes, kitchen shoes, roof shoes and maybe more. If you want to use the bathroom, there are sandals inside the bathroom door. There are also special shoes to wear in the kitchen. The bathroom I used in my first Afghan home was inside the kitchen, so if I followed the protocol, I would remove my house sandals outside the kitchen door and put on kitchen shoes, then remove my kitchen shoes outside the bathroom door to put on bathroom shoes and reverse the process to exit the bathroom and kitchen. Sometimes it was easier to just stay in my room."

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Going to a shop in carpet slippers

I went into the nearby corner shop today to buy a few groceries. While I was in there, a woman entered the shop who was wearing fluffy bedroom slippers.

I can never understand why people go outside in their indoor slippers. Not only does it defeat the object by getting them dirty, but also carpet slippers are not very strong and they wear out really quickly when you wear them outside.

Does it really take that much effort to switch from slippers to a pair of flip flops before going outside?

Friday, April 15, 2016

"No Muddy Boots Allowed"

I am standing again as a Conservative candidate for the borough council. While delivering leaflets this week, I came across an house which had a sign saying "No Muddy Boots Allowed." It was a colourful, eye-catching sign.

I wonder if that household had a full shoes-off policy, or if, as the sign suggested, it only applied to muddy boots? It might be that the owners ran some sort of business from their home and regularly had workmen with muddy boots reporting in.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Good Housekeeping: The 4 Rules of Beautiful Wood Floors

Good Housekeeping: The 4 Rules of Beautiful Wood Floors

by Carolyn Forte

"I am a firm believer in taking my shoes off as soon as I come in the door, and thankfully, my husband is, too. This simple act goes a long way to eliminating virtually all of the tracked-in dirt that can wreak havoc on a wood floor's finish. Dirt and grit are abrasive and over time these particles leave behind fine scratches that make your floors look dull. This brings us to the next rule of good wood floor care: vacuum, vacuum, vacuum."

Yet another thread on Mumsnet

Mumsnet: Asking guests to remove shoes

Just that really. Couple of girlfriends coming over tonight before we go out. I have very light cream/beige carpet which is quite new. My family always take their shoes off as this is how we have been bought up. As does my son.
Do you ask people to remove their outdoor shoes before treading on your nice clean carpet?


I think the shoes-on crowd seem to be particularly vocal on Mumsnet. Not necesserily because there are more of them, but they seem to dominate that particular forum.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Homegarden: Leaving Shoes at the Door Keeps Carpets Like New

Homegarden: Leaving Shoes at the Door Keeps Carpets Like New

"If you could do one simple thing and have a much cleaner house, carpets that look like new, and a reduction in the number of chemicals and bacteria in your home, would you do it? You might be surprised to find out that you can just by removing your shoes before coming into the house.

More and more Americans are making habit of removing shoes before entering their home. It used to be a custom more widely observed in Asia, but as Asian decorating and customs grab hold in America, we're beginning to see more and more households ban shoes upon entering the home here in America.

In the late '80's, I lived on a Johnston Atoll, a small island about a thousand miles southwest of Honolulu. Living there and traveling through Hawaii on a fairly regular basis, it became second nature for me to remove my shoes before entering someone's home. It only took one or two very nasty Hawaiian scowls before I learned to leave my shoes at the door. Over time I began to notice how clean the floors were in the home. Walking in bare feet or socks, my soles were never dirty. And, I noticed that the carpets also looked like new."

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Kathleen Barnes: Take Off Your Shoes!

Kathleen Barnes: Take Off Your Shoes!

"Do you take your shoes off at the door? It’s not an Eastern or hippie-dippy thing to do. It makes good, common sense.

Just think about where your feet are during the day:

You’ve walked on city sidewalks that have been salted and sprayed and perhaps slathered with dog poop.

You’ve crossed city streets that are saturated in hydrocarbons from cars and trucks, droplets of oil and other bodily fluids of petro-fueled vehicles and who knows what else.

You’ve probably shuffled across synthetic office carpets saturated with petrochemicals and perhaps even bearing the detritus of toxic chemicals used in the manufacture of pressed board furniture, including formaldehyde.

After a long day you, thankfully, return home. Perhaps you took a little walk around your yard, admiring the newly planted petunias and pulling a stray weed along the way. Did you know that most yards are saturated with toxic chemicals, not the least of which is the endocrine disruptor RoundUp? You don’t use RoundUp,you say? Does your neighbor? You don’t know and you can’t control your neighbor’s activities anyway."

Frei's Days: Only in Asia – taking of your shoes inside the house

Frei's Days: Only in Asia – taking of your shoes inside the house

"It depends a little bit on where you are, I have to say. In Singapore, we only took our shoes off in other peoples homes and temples. But here in Phuket, it’s not uncommon that you are asked to take off your shoes when entering a pharmacy or other small shop at the side of the road.

In the beginning, I thought it was super uncomfortable to take off my shoes. Would I have smelly feet? Did I still have proper nail polish on? And I picked out these shoes carefully before going out, why should I take them off?! Years down the line, and we now have our very own shoe rack at the entrance to our apartment.

We do it out of comfort – as it’s nice to kick off your shoes and walk around barefoot at home. However here in Asia, there are a lot of reasons why people take off their shoes. One of them is to keep the house clean. A study done by the University of Arizona, which investigated germs collected on footwear, found that a large number of bacteria are found on the bottom and inside of shoes. Averaging 421,000 types of bacteria! Well, I am sure to now always take my shoes off in the house from now on!"

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Business Insider: The CEO of a $1 billion company explains why he makes everyone who walks into the office take their shoes off

Business Insider: The CEO of a $1 billion company explains why he makes everyone who walks into the office take their shoes off

If you land a job at Gusto, a $1 billion company that provides payroll, benefits, and workers' comp insurance to small businesses in the US, you may want to get a pedicure before your first day - or at least invest in a few new pairs of nice socks.

Joshua Reeves, the cofounder and CEO of Gusto, recently told Adam Bryant of The New York Times that he's implemented a no-shoe policy at work.

"We started the company in a house in Palo Alto, and because I was raised with shoes off in the home, that house was a shoes-off home, too," Reeves explained. "When we moved to a proper office in San Francisco, people said, 'Let's keep this.'"

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Comment from Candace

"Don't know if this subject has been mentioned before and if so I apologize for repeating it. Earlier today I went to visit a friend who is undergoing chemo for breast cancer. Her prognosis is excellent and the doctors are just being vigilant.
Her husband works so there is a health care worker who stays with her during the day. As you know I generally take off my shoes when entering a home and hers is no exception. When I arrived and removed my shoes the health care worker was surprised and thanked me. She went on to explain how the immune system is compromised by chemo
and how germs carried in on ones shoes can be especial harmful to such a patient.
So if you ever visit the home of someone on chemo be considerate of their health and remove your shoes or just don't visit."

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Two Tiny Hands: Shoes off rule

Two Tiny Hands: Shoes off rule

We visited some friends last weekend, they were surprised we took our shoes off at the door without being prompted. Even had a conversation about it, wife is from Lithuania, it is in their culture to take shoes off at the door. She said she was shocked when some Westerners didn’t do it and were happy to walk mud etc through their houses.

Our house isn’t even spotless, our carpet is really old, but if you ever come to our house, please take your shoes off!

Monday, March 07, 2016

Property Review

Yesterday I went for a second look at the property I'm buying, so I can think about furniture I will need. I took my parents along. They were very impressed with the apartment.

My parents seemed a bit unsure as to whether to remove their shoes. The young estate agent suggested it was best they did, as the owners keep the place very clean.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Airbnb Community Discussion

'No-shoes-upstairs' ruling: What footwear to offer guests?

I'd like to begin asking guests to remove their shoes in the little hallway before coming into the main part of the house and going upstairs to the guest bedroom, which has a very nice cream-coloured carpet.

I thought of offering inexpensive slippers, but I doubt that anyone would want to wear something that had been worn by previous guests. And though it's possible to buy cheap slippers here, I don't want to go to that expense each time I have a guest(s), or end up with a cupboard full of slippers.


With Airbnb, more and more people are entertaining paying guests in their homes. Obviously, a lot of these amateur Bed and Breakfast hosts don't want their floors trashed.

Another Mumsnet Discussion

Mumsnet: Shoes off house rule

So we have a shoes off rule in our house. Mainly because of the grubby London streets and dog poo everywhere locally plus a floor licking toddler.

Every time my parents visit I have to ask them to take their shoes off. EVERY Fing TIME! They act like its such a massive imposition.

AIBU or would you just shut up and put up?


The usually strongly divided opinions.