The Upside of Outdoor Gardening, The Downside of Bringing Outdoor Gardening Indoors

Don’t let my long title mislead you. There are numerous benefits to outdoor gardening, and we embrace them all.

1. Gardening in the Cleveland sunshine (a very welcome sight) is a great way to get exposure to vitamin D which increases calcium levels. Don’t forget sunscreen for skin protection and sunglasses for your eyes, and drink plenty of water.

2. More that a decade ago, scientists found that gardening reduced the risk of dementia by more than 36%.

3. Gardening is a great tool for fighting stress and resulting in relaxation and pure enjoyment.

4. Believe it or not, switching from one tool to another, bending, digging, and weed pulling are all forms of aerobic exercise which helps with strength, stamina and flexibility.

But, you need to bend and stretch before beginning your work in the garden. When your day in the garden is done, and you’ve stored all your equipment in the garage or shed, it’s time to give entering you home some thought. There will be soil clinging to the soles of your shoes. What does that mean to you and your healthy home? For one, when exterior lead-based paint from your house flakes or peels it gets into the soil. Lead in the soil can be tracked into the home and will contaminate your floors and carpeting. If you know for sure that your home does not contain any lead-based paint, then you are safe from this issue. Last year Melissa Breyer wrote an interesting article in which she says that shoes are a great source for hitchhiking bacteria and toxins. Here are the nasty things that your gardening shoes can bring onto your carpeting.

1. Bacteria. “A study from the University of Arizona collected germs and microbes on footwear. The researchers found 421,000 units of bacteria on the outside of the shoe,
including E. coli, meningitis and diarrheal disease; Klebsiella pneumonia, a common source for wound and bloodstream infections as well as pneumonia; and Serratia ficaria, a rare cause of infections in the respiratory tract and wounds.”

2. Toxins. “An EPA study, reported in Environmental Science & Technology provided the first proof that unhealthy herbicides can be tracked into residences on shoes, and ‘track-in’ exposures of these chemicals may exceed those from residues on non-organic fresh fruits and vegetables.”

3. Dirt. Shoes bring in the plain old dirt from your garden requiring you to have your carpets cleaned more often. When the carpeting in your home falls victim to soil buildup from your garden, you need to have a hot water extraction cleaning done by Orion Cleaning in Cleveland, Ohio. Remember that your kids and pets are playing on the carpeting that you have implanted with germs from the garden. We recommend
vacuuming your carpets once a week. But, in addition, you still will need to get ground-in soil removed professionally with our hot water extraction method resulting in sanitary carpets throughout your home. The consistent cleaning from Orion Cleaning will extend the life of your carpets. The last time you did some gardening you wore your shoes inside and tracked in those nasty bacteria and toxins. But, you were smart and called Orion Cleaning at 440-306-2369 for a hot water extraction carpet cleaning. This time, go outside and do some healthy gardening. Then, remember to leave your shoes at the door, and wait until the fall to call Orion Cleaning for your carpets again.

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