This happens to me more often than I’d like to admit, because I’m so conscious of my environment and mold, but I’ll be cleaning my kitchen and come over to where I keep my dish sponge and counter sponges and I’ll smell it—that funky moldy, mildew smell. The minute it hits me, I know I have let my sponges sit too long. They are full of mold, and they smell really bad. Now what? How can I clean my sponges for mold and bacteria?
Shoes can be gross. We wear them everywhere. They pick up everything on them from everywhere, and then we think nothing of walking straight into our homes without removing them, only to track everywhere and everything all over our carpets and rugs. Get the picture? So, although the practice seems to be relatively uncommon in most Western countries, you may want to be the first of your friends to start a trend of taking your shoes off before entering your home.