Should we take off our shoes when we enter the house? | Z105.7 Atlanta

The dirt that accumulates on the sole of the shoes can bring home unpleasant things and diseases, so it is advisable to remove them when you get home.

A study by Charles Gerba, professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, showed that after two weeks of use, more than 420,000 bacteria can be found on the outside of shoes. 420,000. To give you an idea, the average toilet has less than a thousand.

Should people who spend up to 90% of their time indoors do so too? Yes, because the matter that accumulates inside houses not only includes dust and dirt from people and pets, but about a third comes from outside, either by the wind when ventilating the rooms or impregnated in the soles of the shoes

One study, by DustSafe Environmental Chemists, looked at levels of toxic metals like arsenic, cadmium and lead inside homes in 35 countries.

These pollutants are odorless and colorless, so there is no way of knowing where we are exposed to these harmful substances.

Add to this carcinogenic toxins from asphalt residue and endocrine-disrupting lawn chemicals.

Therefore, taking off your shoes before entering the house is a great idea.

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