Ultraviolet radiation exposure
From the National Institutes of Health to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to the New York Presbyterian Hospital, many organizations utilize ultraviolet radiation exposure (UVC) machines to reportedly destroy 99.9% of pathogens clinging to their health care workers’ shoes. Similar to a standing scale, the device requires nurses to place their feet on a platform to function. After just eight seconds, the process is complete.
If your workplaces doesn’t have one already, Nurse Journal suggested advocating for UVC machines, such as the HealthySole Plus, at your facility to ensure your shoes are as clean as possible.
Cleaning your shoes at home
When cleaning your shoes the old fashioned way, it is important to use the right products. Disinfectant solutions with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution are great for removing stains, but these solutions will need two parts baking soda each in order to become effective disinfectants. Rubbing alcohol is a superior choice for those wearing leather shoes, as the solution is gentler on the leather. For white shoes, a solution of one part bleach and five parts water is an effective germ killer.