Bacteria and Shoes
How much thought do you put into cleaning your footwear? Yes, shoes are part of our everyday life, but, do you know what your shoes track into your home on a daily basis? My family and I have always removed our shoes when we enter our home. I actually have a throw rug in the entryway specifically for our shoes to be removed on as soon as we enter our home. This has been something I have been doing most of my life and I have taught my 4 year old son the same. Soon as he walks in from outside, he immediately removes his shoes. My main reason for this was because I did not want dirt from the outdoors being dragged into and through out our home. This next part of my blog post is going to really surprise you and now has even made my reason for shoe removal even more understandable.
Studies have shown that the soles of our shoes are dirty than just mud and dirt. There is all kinds of different bacteria on the soles of shoes. These bacteria get into our homes, and if you have carpet in your home, this bacteria gets trapped in the fibers of the carpet. The bacteria that most concerns me and should concern you is Clostridium difficile. Clostridium Difficile is a bacteria that can cause diarrhea to fatal inflammation according to Dr. Kevin Garey. Dr. Garey is a professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Houston. Dr. Garey did a study on the soles of shoes in April of 2017. This was just one study from one doctor that I read about.
Charles Gerba a University of Arizona microbiologist did a study that was very interesting to me. The study Gerba did had 10 people wear shoes for 2 weeks outdoors before the shoes were tested for bacteria. The study showed that there was 421,000 units of bacteria and 2,887 on the inside of the shoes. This a big difference between the soles and inside. Fecal bacteria (Clostridium Difficile) also appeared on 96% of the sole shoes. Other bacteria found on the soles was E. Coli and Klebsiella Pneumoniae (bacteria that causes pneumonia). These shoes were also worn on tile floors to see how much bacteria actually transferred from the shoes to the floor. A staggering 90% of the bacteria was found on the tile floor. Now, imagine a tile floor had 90% of these bacteria from the shoes, think what would be in the fibers of carpet!
These 2 different studies should be real eye openers to everyone. I always knew shoes were extremely dirty and the reason I never wear my outdoor shoes inside of the house. I just did not know what type of bacteria was actually on the soles. My wife and I each have a pair of shoes that we wear only indoors. These shoes are never worn outside or anywhere else but in the house. I do sanitize both my outdoor and indoor shoes weekley. I don’t just sanitize the the outside of my shoes but the insides as well.
Hopefully this will help everyone cut down on germs in their homes and keep everyone healthier. For other cleaning tips to cut down on germs in your home, come check out my other blog post. https://thoughtsbyfiddler.com/1300/flu-season/12/14/2019/
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