Shoes are great. We’ve been wearing them for 40,000 years and needless to say, they’ve served us well. The first forms of protective footwear evolved from simple efforts to keep our trotters insulated from snow and cold – and given that we don’t live on a planet lined with smooth, silky grass and other assorted soothing surfaces, shoes are a basic comfort for many of us.
But do we need to wear them inside? Many cultures think not, yet in the United States and other countries, oftentimes the shoes come inside attached to the feet of their wearer.
Stop and think about where you walked today. Did you walk in a public bathroom? Public bathroom floors contain about 2 million bacteria per square inch while toilet seats only contain about 50. Gross.
Also, we walk where thousands of other people have walked. Who knows where they have been. On a local farm, at the hospital visiting a sick friend, walking through the subway. You do not want what is on the subway platform in your home.
Whether you like it or not, bacteria is everywhere and usually in massive numbers.
It’s important to understand what the biggest transporters of bacteria are, as well learning to take measures to prevent acquiring and spreading bacteria.
Some of the biggest transporters of bacteria are feet and footwear.
No matter how often you clean your house, every day I guess, a lots of bacteria and germs just wait for you out the door. At university of Houston the scientist made a study in which they found that 40% of doorsteps samples were infected with C. difficile bacteria, and even 39 % were from shoe soles.
This has been proven through multiple studies, such as the one conducted by microbiologist and professor at the University of Arizona Dr. Charles Gerba and shoemaker Rockport.
For this study, 10 people were given a brand new pair of shoes to wear for two weeks before having them tested for bacteria. The results were astonishing.
After the two weeks, more than 420,000 units of bacteria were found on the outside of the test shoes. Shockingly, deadly E. Coli, Klebssiella pneumonia, and Serratia filcaria were detected among the bacteria.
There are a ton of toxins from the outside environment that can be easily be brought into the home via shoes. This includes herbicides at greater levels than currently exist on non-organic fruits and vegetables and lead powder brought in with dust. Think about it, if you or your spouse work anywhere where harmful chemicals and toxins are used, you bring that home with you everyday with your shoes.
Microbes can survive and even multiply because of nutrient-rich soil and other deposits left on the soles.
The spores actually can live on a surface for moths. When someone ingests spores from the c. diff. they are exposed of getting sick.
This is why you must leave your shoes outside the door and also ask your guests to do the same. This will keep all those bacteria and germs out, including the dangerous C.diff. Leaving your shoes outside the house door is also a sign of respect for someone’s home.