Name the one thing that always go with you wherever you go. Maybe it’s a bit of a trick question, but the answer I was looking for is “shoes.” Whether you’re at the office, at the gym, taking a hike, in the bathroom or even scaling Mount Everest, you’re most likely wearing something on your feet. Other than in the winter, however, most of us don’t truly think too often about the distinction between indoor and outdoor shoes. Most of the year, we come back home and keep wearing our shoes for some time.
In some cultures, with the Japanese being the most prominent, wearing shoes inside the house is heavily frowned upon. Now, there is mounting scientific evidence that this practice of removing shoes may have far greater benefits than simply appeasing a Japanese host.
Not only did researchers find bacteria on the shoes, they found that that bacteria gets tracked over long distances via your shoes to then potentially pollute your personal space. The transfer of bacteria from shoe soles to home floors was anywhere from 90 -9 9 percentage.
Other analyses 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 period with prolonged exposure.
Thankfully , no. Machine rinsing your shoes with detergent on a semi-regular basis should help drastically reduce bacteria. Cleaning your home floors and carpets is also recommended( especially steam cleaning ).