Take Off Your Shoes! Don't Let People Track in Superbugs Unawares


I Have This Thing With Floors may show cute feetscapes, but once you know what's lurking on under those lovely loafers you'll have your own thing about leaving shoes at the front door!

I Have This Thing With Floors may show cute feetscapes, but once you know what's lurking on under those lovely loafers you'll have your own thing about leaving shoes at the front door!

Dangerous bacteria and germs can literally walk through your door. Just think of everywhere that you walk in one day. If you are not one of those people that takes your shoes off when you get in the door, or makes your guests do the same, read what we have for you here and do some rethinking….

9 different species of bacteria on the bottom of people’s shoes. In an ABC News article by Elisabeth Leamy, this study is explained and adds that the species of bacteria  found causes infections in the eyes, stomach and lungs. Bacteria is on our shoes. It is tough to believe what we cannot see, but the it lurks in the invisible micro-world.

Bacteria lives longer on our shoes than other surfaces. Apparently the more places we walk, the more we can pick up new germs and bacteria that feed the growth of the bacteria already there. The longer bacteria grows, the more dangerous and strong it becomes.

The bottom of a shoe is dirtier than a toilet seat.

Our shoes can carry pollen, pesticides, salmonella and bird feces. Microbes are able to thrive on shoes because of the nutrient-rich soil and other particles. In a CNN article Get Dangerous Germs Out Of Your Home, Erin Bucklan gives us more reasons why we should take off our shoes when we get home, and when we go to other people’s houses (like we need any more reasons, right?).  

90% of the bacteria found on the bottom of the shoes transferred to the floor in a house.  Ew! And germs are not particular about what surface they will latch on to. They will transfer to wood, linoleum, and carpet. Carpeting takes in even more germs because of the many nooks and crannies within. 

The bottom of a shoe is dirtier than a toilet seat. Do we really need to find any other things in our home that are dirtier than a toilet seat? I mean, come on! But this one makes sense with everywhere we are walking in a day, and all the dirt we can pick up.

A study at the University of Arizona that found 421,000 units of bacteria on the outside of the shoe and 2,887 on the inside. The study stated that the types of bacteria and viruses found on the shoe were, “Escherichia coli, known to cause intestinal and urinary tract infections, meningitis and diarrheal disease; Klebsiella pneumonia, a common source for wound and bloodstream infections as well as pneumonia; and Serratia ficaria, a rare cause of infections in the respiratory tract and wounds.” Check out CIRI also known as the Cleaning Industry Research Institute if you want to investigate this study, or others like it. No more evidence is needed to make sure you take off your shoes in your house or any house.

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Sources:

  • http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Consumer/Story?id=5177409&page=1
  • https://www.ciriscience.org/a_96-Study-Reveals-High-Bacteria-Levels-on-Footwear
  • http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/29/health/fight-germs-home-upwave/