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To think washing your shoes in sink is yuck?

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leholly Fri 23-Jun-17 08:53:45

My father has been cleaning his shoes in the kitchen sink. With the vegetable brush. They are nice cream suede shoes which he has marked by accident. Apart from the issues surrounding treating suede shoes this way (he has just put vanish platinum on the stain hmm) I argued that cleaning his shoes in the kitchen sink, with the vegetable brush, is not at all hygienic. He argued that I was imagining things, as his shoes only have a bit of dust on them, and that's what vegetables would have on them too so it's no worse. He says he has worn these shoes 6 times. Whilst they look relatively new, he did walk the dog in them yesterday - they were out for at least an hour. Who is BU?!?

statetrooperstacey Fri 23-Jun-17 08:56:05

IMO you are and I agree with your dad. But I suspect you will 'win' this on mn and me and your dad will b in the minority!grin

steppemum Fri 23-Jun-17 08:57:02

well, if you don't have a utility room sink, then where else would you clean them?

Using the veg brush is rank I agree

MrsJayy Fri 23-Jun-17 08:57:40

You need to take a breath your sink can be cleaned it is a sink your dad using the brush is a bit annoying but it is just shoes not toxic waste are you usually quite anxious about dirt?

Augustbabyyeah Fri 23-Jun-17 08:59:08

It's yuk.

UrethaFranklin Fri 23-Jun-17 08:59:09

YABU. The vegetable brush is wrong but washing shoes in the sink isn't - that's what sinks are for! Clean it afterwards with bleach or something if it bothers you that much.

toomuchtooold Fri 23-Jun-17 08:59:55

I'd not like that, not next to food. Why can't he do it in the bathroom sink?

magicstar1 Fri 23-Jun-17 09:03:17

I'm very fussy, but I think I'd be okay with that. It's not like Barbara scraping dog crap off with the butter knife out The Royle Family

paxillin Fri 23-Jun-17 09:05:05

Sink fine, vegetable brush not fine. Sink is really easily cleaned, brush much harder.

Megbert Fri 23-Jun-17 09:07:38

Magicstar that's the first thing that popped into my head. Muck for luck! grin

It wouldn't bother me, personally.

MrsJayy Fri 23-Jun-17 09:11:19

HA that popped into my head too Barbara cleaning the dog shit with a knife grin

katronfon Fri 23-Jun-17 09:12:49

Neither sink nor veg brush would bother me. Where else would he do it? Someone said the bathroom basin, I think ... Where you wash your hands and face? I clean wellies etc outside or in utility room, mostly because then mud isn't splattered all over the kitchen! But 'nice' shoes is ok IMO. And isn't the veg brush for getting 'ground' dirt off stuff? I dig potatoes and carrots etc out of the ground then clean them with the veg brush...should I use something different in order to keep the veg brush clean?

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 23-Jun-17 09:14:57

What do you think people do who haven't got utility rooms or gardens/ taps outside?

Clean/ bleach the sink and it's as good as new.

I would only use a veg brush if I was going to chuck it away afterwards.

elektrawoman Fri 23-Jun-17 09:17:11

I clean shoes in the kitchen sink because I don't have anywhere else to do it! However I always make sure the area is clear of food / crockery etc, and I disinfect it afterwards.
However vegetable brush not ok - that would annoy me. I keep old toothbrushes for this purpose.

Ifailed Fri 23-Jun-17 09:18:47

I'm sure an examination of the vegetable brush before and after the shoe cleaning incident would show the same results, it's absolutely teaming with microbiological organisms.

Dizzybacon Fri 23-Jun-17 09:20:27

I sometimes wash my yard wellies in the sink (obviously the worst off with the hose pipe). i don't use a veg brush though, don't own one! Yes they have seen the innards of a muck heap but i'm still alive and kicking with a cast iron immune system.

Horse shit and mud is wonderful stuff smile

YoureNotASausage Fri 23-Jun-17 09:20:57

I probably wouldn't use the veggie brush but people are so anal about cleanliness on mn it takes my breat away.

leholly Fri 23-Jun-17 09:31:52

Brilliant answers here! It's like me and my father this morning! I suspect I am a bit of a clean freak. I would personally be using kitchen roll and the outside tap for this. The kitchen sink had the breakfast dishes in, and those and the sink were left for me to clean. humpf. My father and I do have form for these 'disagreements'. Not long ago it was over him washing his mouth with the tap, over the kitchen sink, then wiping his mouth dry on the hand towel. There is another story involving a pair of his pants, an 'accident' and the bathroom sink, left unwashed afterwards. Ha. He's a really lovely man, it is just that we are on opposite sides of the clean spectrum! grin

YoureNotASausage Fri 23-Jun-17 09:35:37

I can sympathise with both sides OP. I grew up in a home that was very regimented and did things properly and cleanly so am most comfortable thinking like you. But I've a chilled out DH and 3 preschoolers and it's made me realise that such a level of hygiene is overrated and unnecessary.

tigerdriverII Fri 23-Jun-17 09:37:25

I'm with you, my mum does stuff like this, washes up the cat's thing with her stuff, uses the dish rag to clear up all sorts of cat-related vile things then straight off to the washing up in lukewarm filthy water. I'm surprised I survived my childhood grin

I try not to eat much at her house that I haven't bought or prepared (happily she likes other people cooking for her so no offence is given).

I don't understand what was wrong with washing his face and drying it though: isn't that normal?

JamRock Fri 23-Jun-17 09:38:53

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

leholly Fri 23-Jun-17 09:48:08

tigerdriverII, thank you! Regarding the kitchen sink/hand towel incident, I guess it was a question of semantics. Wash your face in the bathroom sink and use your own towel to dry your face, not the kitchen hand towel for everyone. Needless to say he thinks I'm totally crazy! I have 2 preschoolers and a puppy, too, we live in the country and I'm aware of the mantra that dirt is good....though how much dirt?! Perhaps it's to do with me being responsible for any and all the cleaning in the house! And him being a filthy wotsit wink

maras2 Fri 23-Jun-17 09:54:03

What on earth is a vegetable brush?
Do I need one?
How come I've lived for over 60 years and never had one?
Oh,and by the way YABVU.Where is he supposed to wash his shoes?confused

katronfon Fri 23-Jun-17 09:57:22

Wash your face in the bathroom sink and use your own towel to dry your face

So everyone has their own towel in the bathroom?

paddlingwhenIshouldbeworking Fri 23-Jun-17 09:57:26

Wouldn't bother me but MN shows time and again that i am a slattern and it's a great shock that my family are all still alive.

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