Why Wearing Shoes In Your Home Is the Grossest Thing Ever!

Posted by Editorial Staff in Health and Fitness On 22nd January 2018

There are a number of reasons why you should never wear your shoes at home. Shoes have on average 421,000 different types of bacteria on them. This includes E. coli, which can cause diarrhea or intestinal infections. Toxins on your lawn and the road can also make their way inside in your shoes.



Ever wonder why your grandma makes you take your shoes off before you enter her living room?

How about why not wearing shoes in a house has been something instilled in our brains since we were conscious of what a shoe was?

The same statement that we now pass on to our own families contains a much more salient issue than the tracks of dirt that are carried with us.


Why You Shouldn't Wear Shoes Inside

When considering whether or not to wear shoes inside, most people just think about whether or not their is visible dirt on their shoes.

Unfortunately, there are a number of invisible reasons you should leave your shoes at the front door as well.


Unfortunately, researchers at the University of Arizona found a shocking truth. There are, on average, nearly 421,000 different bacteria present on the bottoms of 96% of shoes. Basically, your shoes are a petri dish you walk on.

Among these bacteria are Klebsiella pneumonia (which causes urinary tract infections), Serratia ficaria (which causes respiratory infection), and a whole lot of E. coli.

E. coli is no fun. It can cause serious digestive issues and, in extreme cases, can even result in potentially lethal kidney damage.

Chemicals And Toxins

Studies have found that other toxins like lawn chemicals, coal tar from asphalt roads, and gasoline and other chemicals in rainwater can all be tracked into your home via your shoes as well. Though the risk of illness from these is comparatively small, it can potentially build up over time with prolonged exposure.


Dirt And Mud

Germs aside, your shoes are just plain dirty.

Wearing them inside could trek mud into the house, meaning more cleaning for you.

It's also not a great idea if you have children at home who play on the floor, and constantly put their toys or hands in their mouth.

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