As a global distributor of wholesale footwear, we’re always interested in shoe news. While this one’s a little gross, if you wear shoes inside your home you may want to reconsider. Why?
The University of Arizona conducted a study on shoes, and found that on average, there were more than 420,000 different types of bacteria present. In 96% of the shoes tested, coliforms were detected. Coliforms are universally present in feces, and are a bacterial indicator of the sanitation level of water and foods. 27% of the shoes in the study contained E. coli, along with Serratia ficaria and Klebsiella pneumoniae. These bacteria can cause respiratory infections and urinary tract infection.
All you have to do is think about the things you may be inadvertently walking through every day to see why it’s not a good idea to wear shoes inside your home. Bird droppings, dog or animal waste, even public restroom floors are covered in bacteria. A professor involved in the study said that the high occurrence of E. coli bacteria and coliform on shoes indicates frequent contact with human and animal fecal material, originating from restroom floors and the ground when outdoors.
Another concern is toxins found in asphalt roads sealed with coal tar and even lawn treatment products. These toxins can be tracked into your home by wearing shoes indoors, and allegedly have the ability to increase the risk of cancer.
Other than not wearing your shoes inside your house, what can you do? Wash shoes that are washable with laundry detergent, and clean carpets/floors using a steam cleaner or disinfecting carpet cleaner. Perhaps now you’ll leave your shoes at the door, and have guests who come into your home do the same! In a word, disgusting.
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