Shoes on in the house can contribute to indoor air pollution. According to one government funded study, "weed killers and other pesticides applied to lawns can be tracked into homes by people and pets up to a week after treatment, causing unnecessary exposure, particularly to children."
If pesticides and chemicals get on your shoes they come inside with you and the same said pesticides and chemicals can be tracked all over your house. Your best bet is to take your shoes off at home.
- Summertime shoes have been shown to be worse offenders than shoes during other seasons. During the summer pesticides used outdoors are at their peak, and more of these chemicals make it onto your shoes.
- Having hardwood, clay, or tile floors can help reduce your exposure. Carpets easily collect the pesticides and chemicals from your shoes. reviews of vacuums relate that it’s almost impossible to clean out dust, pet hair, pesticides and chemicals from carpets – no matter how often you vacuum.
- A rug or mat outside your door will help to limit the stuff carried inside on your shoes as a mat will collect some of the pesticides and chemicals.
- Keep slippers or house shoes by your front door as well as a shoe holder or small shelf to set shoes on. You can change into slippers or house shoes once you arrive at home.
- Don’t forget the kids and company. All shoes carry in stuff from outside so to keep your indoor air quality clean ask everyone to remove their shoes.