Which of these spreads the most harmful germs and bacteria around your home?
• Vacuum cleaner
• Wet Mop
• A/C unit
Shoes are one of the worst culprits for spreading harmful germs and bacteria. We’ll show you their dirty little secrets you probably never even thought of below.
No matter how much you clean, you will never get rid of all the dirt, germs, or bacteria because of this one clothing item that helps spread millions of filthy organisms on your carpet.
The shoe changed the way modern civilizations explored the world. It allowed traveling to become more tolerable and less dangerous. As time passed, shoes gave us an indication of our professions, a sense of style, even socio-economic status.
What most people don’t realize is all the nasty things shows can bring with them. Researchers from the University of Houston released a new study that found 26.4 percent of shoes carry a bacteria called Clostridium difficile, also known as “C. diff.”
C. diff infections can cause severe diarrhea that may progress to colon inflammation and more serious health issues, especially if it does not respond to antibiotic treatment. And this is just one virus. Consider all the areas where you walk in any given day. You could walk through bodily waste, insect eggs, larvae, and you may as well assume there’s some sort of virus lingering on the soles of your shoes.
Some of these organisms found were capable of causing serious infections or illness. Walking all over your house in your shoes is spreading harmful organisms and bacteria that can make everyone in your family very sick, especially children who probably play on the floor all the time.
Don’t Wear Shoes Indoors
Here are a couple of suggestions to keep your floors and carpet clean and limit the spread of harmful organisms and bacteria in your home:
- Make a rule about wearing shoes in the house.
- Place a seat near the door so it’s easier for people to remove their shoes upon entry.
- Use a plastic tub, shelves or mat to put shoes in outside your front door (this will help trap dirt and water in the tub and limit the spread of harmful bacteria).
- Take your shoes off and carry them to your closet if you don’t want to keep them by the door.
- Keep slippers by the door to replace your shoes and keep your feet warm. Make sure you have spares for guests, too.
It doesn’t take a lot of time to take your shoes off. Not only will this prevent further spread of germs and bacteria but it will keep your carpet clean and free from additional wear and tear.
For a healthier and cleaner home, have everyone practice not wearing shoes in the home.
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