What may be the dirtiest thing in your home? Door knobs? The kitchen sink sponge? Toilet seats? The blog pic gives it away. It's shoes. According to Rare.com a University of Arizona Study found an average of 421,000 different bacteria on shoes. Over 96% of shoes tested showed bacteria common to fecal matter. Transfer rate from shoes to carpet and hard floors ranged from 90 to 96 percent. These include some of the most well known bacteria; E. coli and C. diff (Clostridium difficile).
So, obviously, don't lick your floors. However, here are few suggestions to help keep these bacterial hitchhikers out of your home.
- Have a good brush shoe cleaner by the door.
- Use super convenient shoe covers for a quick in and out.
- Wash your hands when you come inside, but do it after you take off your shoes.
- Place shoes on a designated hard surface that gets sanitized weekly.
- Put a bench or chair by the door to make shoe changes comfortable
- Shop garage sales for cheap but fun house slippers and keep these by the door for guests.
- If you are a shoes on family, mop hard floors each week with a disinfectant, vacuums often and very slowly, have your carpets cleaned frequently.
- Periodically wash your shoes in the washer.