I wouldn’t consider myself a “germophobe,” but I do worry about what germs are floating around my home and settling in on the places we touch most (door knob, light switches, toilet handle, faucet, fridge door…).
My kids are teenagers and they know the importance of washing their hands and know not to put their hands near their faces. Even so, germs find their way into your home. Even the cleanest homes can have germs.
I’m always wiping frequently used areas with disinfecting wipes to protect me and my family. However there is one part of my home I never gave much thought to when it comes to germs – the floor!
Here are some eye opening facts.
Germs live longer on the soles of your shoes than anywhere else in your home! Recent studies by The University of Arizona and ABC News have shown that the soles of shoes carry millions of units of bacteria, averaging 421,000 coliform forming units. Your average public toilet seat has less than 1000 units of bacteria. Up to 99% of these pathogens are transferred from the soles of your shoes to the floors of your home causing infections and disease. Pathogens can also become airborne and fall on other surfaces.
Even as an adult I sometimes sit on the floor. I play with our pets on the floor. I am wrapping holiday gifts while sitting on the floor. And when I have to look through my files under my desk I sit on the floor. Ewww… now I’m worried about sitting on the floor.
Think about your shoes and all that you step on during the course of the day. Take me for example. I walk our dog in the grass. I never really thought about all the animal waste that I step through. Obviously I don’t walk on animal poop (unless by accident). But other critters poop (birds, mice, skunks…) that you might not see, not to mention animal urine. People also spit on the ground (a very disgusting habit), cough, sneeze and other things. Your shoes are walking through all of this – and then you walk through your home with the same shoes. Then you and your family (especially little children) step on the floor or sit/play on the floor, which means you are coming in contact with who-knows-what you picked up from outside. It makes me not want to walk out of my home ever again or make people where those little shoe booties before coming into my home.
There is a device that has been tested for efficiency, that kills the germs on our shoes BEFORE we enter our homes. The product is called HealthySole.
HealthySole is a device that uses UVC – nature’s germ killer – to kill the germs on your shoes and significantly reduce infectious surface and airborne microbes that enter your home on the soles of shoes.
UVC light is found in sunlight and it has been used as a form of germicidal disinfection for over 100 years.
How does HeathlySole work? It’s simple.
First you need to charge up the unit. I like that it’s chargeable because I don’t have an outlet outside of our door, or near the door, to plug it in.
When you are ready to enter your home simply step on HealthySole. When you do the small “blade-like” pieces (the ones sticking up in the photo) get pushed down, indicating that someone is stepping on the unit which triggers it to turn on. Then just stand on the unit for 8 seconds (yes, just 8 seconds) the device will indicate it’s done and you are welcome to enter your home. That’s it! That’s all you need to do.
HealthySole was designed for adult size shoes, however they have a small, fabric piece that easily fits on top to accommodate children’s shoes.
You cannot leave HealthySole outside. The elements will ruin it. Instead keep it inside your door so that people can step on it as soon as they come inside.
I would also watch your pets. My cats think its a place to sit and lie down. I don’t know what affect, if any, the UV light would have on them but I am not willing to take chances. I shoo them away as soon as I see them on it.
I am not a scientist, nor do I have the necessary equipment to check HealthySole’s effectiveness. I just have to believe that it does what it’s supposed to do.
HealthySole would make a great addition to any home. It might also make a good addition to places such as daycare centers.
For more information about HealthySole visit www.HealthySole.com. You can also find them on Twitter (@Healthy_Sole), Facebook and YouTube.
They also have a blog (the link is found on their site) which some wonderful articles that I found very interesting and helpful.
What you think of HealthySole? Does it sound like a product you would want in your home?
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.