Read this if you never take your shoes off when you enter your house
Taking off your shoes when you enter your home is common for cleanliness reasons. But how necessary is it? When it comes to cleanliness, it's because we're told from a young age that the bottom of our shoes are dirty - but how dirty?
"The average person doesn't realize that we live in a microbial world. said Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
In other words, your shoes may have bacteria on them.
So how concerned should you be about the bottom of your shoes?
It all depends on the context, said Jack Gilbert, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California. If you find yourself in a high-risk viral research lab loaded with infectious diseases, you won't want to wear your shoes in your house. But for the vast majority of people, the risk of infecting yourself or someone else in your home with the bacteria is very, very low, he said.
Additionally, a study led by Gilbert found that the microorganisms on the bottom of shoes completely transformed with each new environment they entered.
"The small surface area of the bottom of your shoe is not a particular threat to the health and well-being of the people in your home," he added.