The Most D.i.s.g.u.s.t.i.n.g Reason Why You Should Never Wear Your Shoes in the House
1. Your shoes carry outside contaminants into your home
Everything your shoes touch in a day gets carried into your home when you get home. Yes, even that little bit of dog poop you didn’t notice.
2. Cleaning your feet only partially solves the problem
Sure, you’re probably thinking that wiping your feet before you go inside can solve this problem. But that’s not necessarily the case.
Decontaminating dirty shoes is tricky because rubber soles are porous and grooved. You can probably loosen a lot of the dirt from the surface with vigorous cleaning. But when it comes to those invisible germs that can make you sick, you’re much less likely to be able to shake them off.
3. The most common bacteria have some gross side effects
A University of Houston study found that there is a 26.4% chance that your shoes carry Clostridium difficile infectious bacteria, 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.
4. Children and the elderly are more susceptible to infection
As with most infections, the elderly and young children – plus anyone with compromised immune systems – were more likely to die from the disease.
5. Diff is not the only germ that can make you sick
Wearing shoes at home is essentially the same as scrubbing a public toilet all over your floor.
6. It’s easy to take off your shoes
It seems that it is not easy to change your routine and start implementing a no-shoes rule in your home. Do you hate the feeling of bare feet on your floor? Keep a pair of comfortable slippers right by the door. When you walk in and remove your outer shoes, slide into your slippers.
7. The “no shoes” rule will also keep your floor clean
Reducing germs in your home is only part of the reason for throwing away shoes in your home. When family members and visitors remove their shoes, they end up locating in less dust and dirt, which means less vacuuming and scrubbing after they leave. It’s a win-win for everyone!