One of my biggest concerns is when people come into my house and don’t bother to take off their shoes. Not only is this rude, but why would I want someone to track down the mud and dirt in my house when the floors are clean? The answer is that I wouldn’t! In fact, there’s a more important reason than courtesy to take your shoes off as soon as you walk in the door – and that’s a health issue.
According to The Healthy, a study published in Environmental Science & Technology found that it is extremely common for dirt and other outdoor debris to enter floors and carpets. Some of these plant and garden toxins can even cause skin irritation and gastrointestinal problems – all because of the toxins you unknowingly bring into the house from the soles of your shoes!
According to another study conducted by the University of Arizona, bacteria can live a long time on the soles of shoes. Scientists believe this is because new bacteria continually grow on top of old ones. Another study by the University of Houston found that coliforms, which are universally found in feces, were present in 96% of shoe soles. What is perhaps even more surprising is that 27% of that number contained E. coli. No, thank you.
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