Friday, November 06, 2009


HIPRF stands for Herbicides, Insecticides, Pesticides, Rodenticides and Fungicides. These are chemicals that are used to deal with weeds, insects, spiders, slugs, mice and fungus. They are used in all sorts of places, particularly outside, on lawns, pathways and driveways.

You do not know how often you are picking up these chemicals on your shoes. If you wear shoes in your house, you are introducing them onto your floor and into the dust that you breath. HIPRFs are toxins that are designed to kill lifeforms. Hence they can present health risks, particularly to children.


Tiger/Moderate Mouse said...

I'm sure it'd be great if shoes (at least ones worn outdoors anyway) were the only item one would have to worry about tracking dangerous stuff like HIPRF into the house, but I'm afraid that they aren't.

1. For example, when I was in college (up until this past December), there were some people, including myself who used the style of backpack that came with wheels (as opposed to the traditional carry-on-the-back only kind) and was designed to roll behind oneself. (There are even some designed for children of grade school age. The purpose is to reduce the risk of back problems on the user.) If you're worried about what shoes are tracking in, you probably wouldn't even want to know where the wheels of my backpack have been either.

2. There are some people, including myself, who have used SUITCASES with wheels when traveling. Again, you wouldn't want to know where said wheels had been anymmore than where my shoes had been.

Now, I'm not saying that in order for the shoes off thing to work that we would all need to return to ONLY using backpacks and suitcases designed to be carried well off the ground. However, I wonder if, in order to maintain consistency in keeping dirt, toxins, etc. at bay that the wheels couldn't somehow be made to detach from the bag/suitcase in question so that the WHEELS can be left at the door and the main part of the bag/suitcase is carried to the bedroom (or wherever it's supposed to go).

3. One of the most classic arguments against a "shoes-off" policy is the fact that dogs that go in and out can't exactly leave their paws at the door. If it hasn't happened already, I think maybe there should be a (non-toxic, I hope) paw sanitizer (which would work along similar lines as hand sanitizer) for pets or some sort of sanitizing mat. That way said pets (most likely dogs) wouldn't be tracking in "dangerous" stuff either.

4. For some people (not so much myself but for some peopole in my family) going shoeless indoors sometimes leads to walking outside that way (be it to check the mail, get the paper, etc.) and back in that way, which would not be a plus for a home where shoes are forbidden indoors in the name of cleanliness/sanitation. If one accidentally walked out in slippers or socks, then it'd be easy to take off said slippers/socks and leave them off until they have been washed/cleaned up. (By the way, do you or anybody reading this know whether or not it's okay to use ordinary disinfectant wipes on shoes and/or slippers that have a shoe-like sole?) But it sounds to me like anyone who walked outside BAREFOOT (whether or not one intended to) would basically be screwed. This will probably sound stranger than the paw sanitizer I just mentioned maybe someone could come out with a foot sanitizer (that, again, works along similar lines as hand sanitizer) or a sanitizing mat for those "walked out barefoot" situations.

Having said all that, if you really do want to know if I removed my shoes before I got here, I actually removed my shoes AND socks just before coming here this time.

Celestial Fundy said...

Hello Tiger.

It is probably a bad idea to keep a suitcase or bag with wheels on your carpet. Such things are best returned to the closet or wardrobe as quickly as possible.

I'd best leave the subject of pets to those who keep them. Some people wipe their pets paws.

As for going barefoot outside, I used to go out to the dustbin occasionally in my bare feet. I have not done that since moving to a small apartment block.

Personally I would not worry much about occasionally stepping onto the driveway or lawn barefoot (you know whether you have used weed killer on your own driveway). But going barefoot a lot outside would not seem consistent with having a shoes-off policy. I'll leave it to the Hawaiians to explain how they combine doing both.