Why Shoes Should Be Removed Before Entering The Home (like they do in Asia and Hawaii):
1. Your shoes are absolutely disgusting after walking around crud all day, why bring bacteria into your home? Excuse me for being frank but if you’re going to wear shoes in the house, don’t even bother washing your hands or showering! I just don’t see the point!
2. A microbiologist and professor at the University of Arizona’s (in Tucson, woot!) Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, Charles P. Gerba, spent years studying how humans spread microbes and “share” them wherever they go.
Gerba researched what we pick up on our shoes and track into our homes. In his initial test, Gerba swabbed for bacteria on 26 shoes worn by test subjects for 3 months. He cultured samples and identified 9 microbial species that can cause intestinal, urinary, eye, lung, blood, and wound infections. YIKES!!!!
Coliform bacteria, originating in fecal matter (Yes, you read right), was found on the outside of all but 1 of the shoes, and the samples averaged 421,000 bacterial units per square centimeter sampled. (Each unit is enough bacteria to reproduce and grow a new colony.) 7 of the shoes had picked up Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria.
Public restrooms have a lot of fecal bacteria on their floors and they’re frequented by more people than ever as our society becomes more mobile. We pick up even more intestinal bacteria walking where dogs, birds and other critters have relieved themselves. Then we bring it all into our home.
The bacteria on our shoes can survive for long periods of time. In the open air, viruses that cause diarrhea can survive several days to weeks.
Back home, we trail across our floors and carpets and the microbes find a new place to rest. – WELL, NOT IN OUR HOME!
Thank you for removing your shoes before entering our home!
or watch this nice little video 🙂