Things I think about as I am constantly cleaning the floor at our home...shoes should be taken off at the door. Most people’s houses I go into, I take my shoes off at the door as a courtesy as I was taught it was polite. I have trained my family to take their shoes off at the door, especially in the wintertime as we live in Michigan. From time to time and in the better weather days, I see these shoes going across the kitchen floor and into other areas of the house. Okay, maybe I am a little anal here about being clean, but after I did some research, there really is solid evidence on why you should take your shoes off in your house.
A study done by the University of Houston found that 39% of shoes contained bacteria diff (otherwise known asClostridium difficile), this is a public health threat that is now also resistant to a number of antibiotics. C. diff infections can cause multiple health conditions such as bad diarrhea which can also progress to colon inflammation and further serious health problems, especially if it doesn’t respond to antibiotic treatment effectively.
There are nine different forms of bacteria were found on the bottom of shoes, per research done by the University of Arizona. Good Morning America did a test and found that the bottom of shoes were dirtier than toilet seats also. Furthermore, Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist and professor at the University of Arizona did a test with a brand new pair of shoes and found that within just two weeks of wearing a new shoe 440,000 units of bacteria were found on the shoe. An astonishing 27% of that total bacteria were deadly E Coli. Klebsiella pneumonia was also found, which can lead to and cause pneumonia and wound and bloodstream infections and another type of infection called Serratia ficaria, which can lead to infection of the respiratory tract. “Shoes are contaminated from diverse sources, and we are regularly contaminating our doorsteps by shoes,” says study author M. Jahangir Alam, Ph.D.
Hummmmm….more things to think about: not only do shoes contain bacteria but they also contain germs, chemicals and oil or petroleum by-products. The bottom of your shoes are full of plenty of chemicals and pathogens that you do not want to spread all over your home then walk barefoot on later.
So on top of being polite when going into someone else’s home by taking your shoes off at the door…it doesn’t really matter that your shoes “may be clean,” because the weather outside is nice…as you go through your day, the bottoms of your shoes cover a lot of territory. You may have picked up fecal matter, multiple forms of bacteria causing fecal matter as well as infections and inflammation of the colon, germs, chemicals, petroleum and so much more….lovely.
AND once a week you should be cleaning your floor with Green Dog’s All Surface Pet Cleaner (two-second advertisement.) Green Dog’s cleaning solutions have been proven in the service industry for over 25 years and now sold retail through Green Dog: www.gogreendoggo.com
“Take your Shoes off PLEASE!”
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