Many countries and cultures around the world observe the practice of removing their shoes before entering the house. But even though America is a melting pot filled with thousands of traditions, that one isn’t quite universal.
Sure, there are some houses where it’s expected that you remove your shoes before entering. But for every pair of sneakers carefully lined up in the front entry, there’s a mom in a hurry who forgot to ditch her flip flops before heading for the kitchen. Maybe the rule is in place, but it’s not always enforced.
It’s time to take a stand on the “no shoes” rule once and for all. Ahead, discover why wearing shoes in the house is a really bad idea — and how it could even make you sick.
Your shoes carry outside contaminants into your home
It seems obvious, but maybe you’ve never thought about it before. Everything your shoes touch in a day gets dragged into your house when you come home. Yes, even that little bit of dog poop you didn’t notice.
A study at the University of Arizona found that the transfer rate of bacteria from shoes to uncontaminated tiles was anywhere from 90 to 99%.
Next: Wiping your feet isn’t enough.
Wiping your feet only partially solves the problem
Sure, you’re probably thinking that wiping your feet before you come in may solve this problem. But that’s not necessarily the case.
Decontaminating dirty shoes is tricky because the rubber soles are porous and grooved. You can probably kick loose a lot of the surface dirt with a vigorous wipe down. But when it comes to those invisible germs that can make you sick, it’s much less likely that you’ll be able to shake them.
Next: This is the most common bacteria hiding on your shoes.
The most common bacteria have some gross side effects
A study by the University of Houston found that there’s a 26.4% chance your shoes are carrying infectious bacteria Clostridium difficile, also known as C. diff.
This is often found in food products and human or dog feces and causes problems including diarrhea, dehydration, colon inflammation, abdominal cramps, and nausea that can last for days, weeks, or even months.
Next: You could die a from C. diff infection.
Kids and elderly folks are most susceptible to infection
The CDC found that of the nearly half a million Americans who contracted C. diff infections in 2014, 29,000 died within 30 days of exposure. As with most infections, elderly people and young children, plus anyone with compromised immune systems, were most likely to die from getting sick.
Next: There are lots of other contaminants, too.
C. diff isn’t the only germ that can make you sick
Some people reason that the more germs you’re exposed to, the less likely you are to get sick. To some extent that’s correct. But still, you wouldn’t think of leaving a public bathroom without washing your hands, would you?
Wearing shoes in the house is essentially the same as rubbing a public bathroom all over your floors. Besides C. diff, multiple studies found evidence of listeria, E. Coli, and other potentially harmful contaminants just from your shoes.
Next: There’s a simple solution for eliminating the bacteria.
Removing your shoes is easy
It seems like a no-brainer to switch your routine and start implementing a no-shoes rule in your house. Hate the feel of bare feet on your floor? Keep a pair of comfy slippers right by the door. When you come in and remove your outside shoes, slide right into your slippers.
Next: This is a bonus for mandatory shoe removal.
The ‘no shoes’ rule will also keep your floors clean
Reducing germs in your home is only part of the reason to ditch shoes in the house. When family members and visitors remove their shoes, they’ll wind up tracking in less dust and dirt, meaning less vacuuming and mopping after they leave. It’s a win for everyone!
RESOURCE - Amanda Harding March 30, 2018 / https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/the-most-disgusting-reason-why-you-should-never-wear-your-shoes-in-the-house.html/?a=viewall