Take a moment to think back over all of the steps you’ve taken today. Did you walk through the grocery store or your child’s school? Maybe you strolled into a public restroom or stopped by the dog park? You might have even tripped over some trash on the sidewalk. Now, think about all of the germs living in those places. If the thought of all those germs on shoes makes your skin crawl, you’re not alone. Research shows that germs on shoes can be a real hazard – fortunately, there are several steps you can take to avoid tracking germs into your home.
The Truth About Germs on Shoes
Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat
A recent study by researchers at the University of Arizona found nine different species of bacteria on the shoes of participants – and that’s not all! Over the course of two weeks, researchers discovered 440,000 units of bacteria on a single pair of shoes! Researchers also found that, when germs enter a home on a pair of shoes, they transfer seamlessly to clean surfaces in the home. Finally, the research revealed fecal bacteria on 96 percent of the shoes, likely from public restrooms or animal fecal matter found outdoors. Overall, the shoes were found to be dirtier than a toilet seat. Yikes!
Types of Viruses and Germs on Your Shoes
Sure, thinking about germs on shoes can be unsettling – but some of those germs can be extremely harmful to your health as well. The study mentioned above found several types of dangerous bacteria on shoes:
- E. coli, a source of urinary tract infections and diarrhea
- Pneumonia-causing Klebsiella bacteria
- Serratia ficaria, which causes respiratory tract infections
- Meningitis-causing bacteria
Especially now that we’re in the middle of cold and flu season, it’s important that you do all that you can to keep away from these germs. Germs are right at home in wintertime due to a variety of factors: the frigid weather, the dry air, the fact that more people are gathering indoors, and the lack of daylight. Plus, did you know that the cold, dry air makes your respiratory system more susceptible to germs? To learn more about the relationship between wintertime and sickness, check out our blog post Why Do People Get Sick in the Winter?
Reducing the Impact of Germs on Shoes
You don’t have to sit back and let your own shoes walk all over you! There are several steps you can take to protect your family from the harmful bacteria clinging to your shoes:
- Leave your shoes at the door. Ultimately, your best defense against germs on shoes is leaving your shoes at the door before you enter your home. Make sure to leave shoes in either your garage, entryway, or the first room you enter so you don’t track germs throughout your home.
- Don’t be fooled by appearances. Germs can exist on even the cleanest, newest pair of shoes. While your favorite pair of dress shoes or high heels might look spotless, any shoe is capable of tracking in harmful bacteria.
- Keep your shoes out of the elements. Leaving your shoes outdoors at the mercy of the elements can increase the amount of bacteria on your shoes. Keep your shoes in a dry place away from excess sun, rain, or snow, as all of these conditions can encourage bacteria growth.
The germs you track inside your house on your shoes can threaten your health and the health of your family. Luckily, with a few smart strategies – like removing your shoes at the door – you can reduce these germs’ ability to trespass into your home. Of course, germs will still inevitably enter your home in a variety of other ways: on your hands, on your dog, on your purse, on your grocery bags, and on and on the list goes. You can’t create a germ-free home, but you can do your best to protect your family from dangerous bacteria and viruses – and that’s where SafeSpace comes in.
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