We all lead incredibly busy lives, so most of the time we don’t think to bend down and remove our shoes before entering the house. But not doing so can put our loved ones’ health in serious jeopardy!
No Fun At All
According to a new study, wearing your shoes indoors can track bacteria all through your home. It’s not just a few bacteria too. Over 421,000 different types of bacteria live on the soles of your shoes and when you wear them inside they can bring those types of bacteria onto your couches, tables and into your beds.
Doctor Kelly Reynolds, a microbiologist and professor at the University of Arizona, explained this to Huffington Post.
“We walk through things like bird droppings, dog waste and germs on public restroom floors, all of which are sources for E coli.”
E coli is the most common cause of sickness spread by wearing your shoes inside – and when a loved one gets E coli poisoning, things aren’t pretty. Follow the diagram below to learn more about the potentially dangerous effects of E coli bacteria.
Don’t Take It With You
The restrooms we enter at work, the parks we run through in the evenings and the hundreds of other dirty surfaces we encounter on a day-to-day basis can all be dragged into our homes when we wear our shoes inside!
Thank goodness there are ways to combat the bacteria threatening our family!
Ditch The Shoes
The first thing you should consider doing is leaving your shoes at the door and swapping them for a comfy pair of house slippers! Since the slippers will only be worn around the house, you won’t have to worry about harmful outside bacteria.
Another good practice is to wash your shoes once a month with an antibacterial laundry detergent – doing so can help cut down on risk of illness too!
Shoe Covers For Guests
If you’re in a rush and don’t want to untie and retie your shoes, you can always opt for shoe covers like these! They’re perfect for house parties and other gatherings. Your floors will stay spotless and your family will be untouched by nasty bacteria.
Stop The Spread
If you’re still unsure about leaving your dirty shoes outisde, Dr. Reynolds says it’s not just the bacteria that can get to you, but harmful chemicals as well!
“Think about rain water in the street. It can have gasoline in it and chemicals, and those get on your shoes and can be brought into your home.”
That means your little one who’s just starting to teeth could nibble on something that was on the floor and is now contaminated with those chemicals.
Don’t Be Too Afraid
This information isn’t meant to scare you, but to prepare you! Now that you know the serious damage E coli and other bacteria brought in by your shoes can do, you can take steps to stop them!
Take It Outside
The most important lesson to take from this study is to leave your shoes outside. A simple self under a covered space can work just fine!
Learn more about the reasons why you should go barefoot indoors.
Good Health Is Everything
Keeping your family safe is your number one goal – so it goes without saying that making one small change to eliminate a big risk is totally worth it!