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9 Seriously Gross Reasons You Should Never Wear Shoes In the House

Here are 9 reasons that you should impose a “no shoes allowed” rule in your house immediately.

1. They could ruin your floors over time.

Hard shoes are more abrasive than slippers, so they scratch up your hardwoods over time. They also pick up small particles that cause wear and tear on carpet.

2. They carry toxins that pollute the air in your home.

Research has shown that things like the chemicals you use to treat your lawn or the cancer-causing coal tar that’s used on asphalt roads can easily get tracked into your house on your shoes and settle into nooks and crannies. Slipping your shoes off is an easy way to protect your health.

3. They track in dirt that ends up everywhere.

Do you really want the dust from Little League field or the soil from your garden in your home? Invest in a doormat to help trap dirt before it finds its way into your kitchen.

4. They’re a hot spot for icky bacteria.

Shoes hold lots of nasty bacteria from frequent contact with “fecal material,” thanks to your trips to public restrooms.

5. They hold back your feet from being their strongest.

Your feet shouldn’t have arch support all the time. Walking barefoot helps keep feet and arches strong.

6. They might wake up your downstairs neighbor.

If you live in an apartment building and pride yourself on being a nice and considerate neighbor, nix the shoes. They’re super loud — especially if you have wood floors.

7. Shoes are at risk of becoming your dog’s favorite chew toy, when they’re left thrown around the house.

The puncture holes your furry friend’s teeth leave are impossible to fix. Stash them out of sight as soon as you get home.

8. They just add more annoying clutter to your home.

You prevent shoes from getting lost or misplaced when you immediately take them off and put them away as soon as you get home.

9. They stall relaxation time at the end of the day.

When you remove your shoes, you’re subconsciously telling your brain that you’re done for the day and it’s relaxation time. Go ahead, you deserve it.