There is a public health problem in our homes that has not been addressed. The problem: How can we stop bringing germs and pollutants indoors on our mobility equipment?  Keep It Clean (KIC) is the answer to this a unique problem.  There are “house shoes” for people. There are “booties” for our pets.  Now, there are “equipment covers” for our canes, crutches and walkers. 

Taking off your shoes when entering personal spaces or asking others to remove their shoes when entering your home may feel uncomfortable yet, the reasons to do so may shock you into a new awareness of how to protect your environment with KIC. In the article “Shoes off at the door? New reason Why” by Annie B. Bond December-28 list several intriguing statistics.

“As municipal sewage systems took hold and animal transportation gave way to cars and trains, the health reasons behind removing shoes fell away. But new studies show that while we may no longer be tracking in as much bacteria on our shoes, we are tracking in dangerous pollutants. It may be time to return to the practices of the 15th century to protect the health of our homes. Here are some examples:

”In a new study, and the largest ever conducted, 22 pesticides were commonly found in the dust of homes in Salinas, California. Salinas is an agricultural community, but not all the pesticides found were agricultural pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency and National Institute of Environmental Health have found that low level chronic pesticide exposure as found in these homes can cause numerous health problems, especially for fetuses and young children. The study was by the California state Department of Public Health and researchers with the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS) with the University of California, Berkeley. Protection Agency.

Another new study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology, found that toxic coal tar, a known carcinogen used in driveway sealants (among other places), is tracked into homes from driveways and parking lots.

Lead is commonly tracked into homes on shoes. Lead was removed from paint by law after 1978, and from gasoline in 1996. Lead is still remarkably prevalent, and should be removed from the environment, especially for children. …….. Lead can cause a reduction in IQ. Elevated levels of lead in blood range from behavior disorders and anemia to mental retardation and permanent nerve damage. …….

Taking shoes off at the door is especially important if you have carpets. Carpets are a sink whole for toxins of all kinds that are brought into the home on shoes and boots, including pollens, lead, pesticides, and more…….Infants and young children spend a great deal of time on the floor, and due to their size they are closer to the floor and also put toys that have been on the floor into their mouths. With their growing central nervous systems and developing immune systems, toxic chemicals can be especially damaging. Pets are vulnerable to exposure because they commonly lie on the floor or carpet.”

For more on this article visit; http://www.drfranklipman.com/shoes-off-at-the-door-new-reasons-why/

Here are some solutions to make the practice more relaxed: *Having a specific place to take off and place shoes.*Having an array of clean house slippers in various sizes available for guests.*Installing a steel, or tough fiber, shoe scraping doormat at the entrance way. People can be encouraged to use these mats for their shoes.

*Heralding the environmental friendliness of how less dirt tracked into the home on shoes requires fewer cleaning products and the perk of less time cleaning. http://www.drfranklipman.com/shoes-off-at-the-door-new-reasons-why/

DR Charles Gerba, PhD, the “guru of germs.”  is a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona. He has studied bathrooms, kitchen sinks, computer keyboards and now shoes. Dr. Gerba has found that shoes are frequently contaminated with bacteria that could cause disease. If shoes can track fecal bacteria into the house, so can bare feet. You or your guest should rinse their feet when they come inside to avoid spreading germs on couches and pillows. The rest of us may want to follow the Japanese custom of leaving shoes at the door. For pros and cons on being barefooted read, http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2008/06/16/bringing-germs/

If you need help figuring out how to ask your guest to remove their shoes or use the KIC for their walking equipment read this article; Shoe Etiquette: Is It Rude to Ask Guests to Remove Shoes in Your Home for Better Hygiene

Read more at: http://www.sterishoe.com/foot-care-blog/foot-health-hygiene/is-it-rude-to-ask-guests-to-remove-their-shoes-hygiene/#sthash.KlNVeM2U.dpuf 

Still uncertain about what to do? I found these;  http://www.roxiesshop.com/custom.em?pid=829593 You Simply Slip Your Boots, Shoes, Or Sneakers Into These PUSHOVERS® Footwear Slippers To Prevent The Mud Or Dirt From Your Shoes, Boots, & Sneakers From Dirtying, Staining, Or Soiling Your Home’s Wood Floors, carpets, Or Linoleum.” These PUSHOVERS® Come In All Sizes. Keep Your Home Clean & Germ FREE

It is our belief same transference of all things icky apply to canes, crutches and walkers.  Keeping your environments cleaner and healthier is an ongoing challenge. Let us know what you think at kicthejourney@gmail.com



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