People Who Ask Their Guest to Take Their Shoes off Could Be Right! It Looks Like We Really Should Leave Our Footwear in Front of the Door!

    People Who Ask Their Guest to Take Their Shoes off Could Be Right! It Looks Like We Really Should Leave Our Footwear in Front of the Door!

    People Who Ask Their Guest to Take Their Shoes off Could Be Right! It Looks Like We Really Should Leave Our Footwear in Front of the Door!
    Greg
    1:20 PM EDT, October 19, 2023, updated: 5:42 AM EDT, October 23, 2023

    The question whether guests should take off their shoes off still stirs a lot of controversy. However, scientists have recently provides some evidence that taking your shoes off makes quite a lot of sense.

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    Shoes on the mat

    We all often burst into a place wearing shoes that have been worn outside. Some of us don’t like to leave them on the doormat or put on slippers offered by the host. The question whether we should ask our guests to do it is also controversial. Some people find it rather rude (last but not least we might not feel very comfortable roaming someone’s place in socks) and the other side of the conflict hates to get their carpets and floors stained so they offer a pair of slippers. It’s just you never know how many times they have been worn before and who they have been worn by.

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    Giorgio Trovato/unsplash

    Bringing bacteria in

    Scientists from Great Britain, Australia and USA analyzed samples of dust they found in several houses. It turned out that they contained the E coli bacterium (found in large intestine and excrements), dangerous metals, microplastic, some microorganisms and some synthetic chemical compounds. The thing is that one third of the matter gets inside our houses from the outside. It is blown inside by wind or brought on the soles of our shoes or paws of our pets.

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    MedicAlert UK/unsplash

    Soles examined

    Another research, conducted by a team of scientists of the University of Arizona in 2008 indicated that 96% of shoe soles contain traces of excrement bacteria. So it is really likely that they will dwell near the place where you have dinner and watch TV. It Is often children who just run inside without taking their muddy shoes off and getting them to change their footwear is hell of a challenge. Some habits die really hard.

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    Leave bacteria outside

    All the dirt we leave does not rest on the floor. It floats in the air and gets inside our lungs. That is why we ought to leave all the mud and dirt on the other side of the front door. And this rules should also apply to our guests. Now that you have got some solid arguments based on scientific research, you can bring them round your point of view and make them take their shoes off.

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    Do you ever happen to walk around your house wearing shoes or do you always remember to put your favorite slippers on once you come in?
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