#1 Shoe Horror Strikes Good Morning America.06-18-2008, 12:45 PMHow Dirty Are Your Shoes?
GMA Germ Alert:The Dirty Truth About Shoes Inside Your Home
By ELISABETH LEAMY and VANESSA WEBER
June 16, 2008
Do you wear your shoes in the house or leave them at the door? It's an especially important choice for people with small children who play on the floor.
Soles in tests had as many as nine forms of bacteria. In some countries and cultures, it's scandalous to walk into a home with shoes on. But in the U.S., most people do.
"I don't really think that much about it," said New Jersey mom Michelle Ciocon.
"Good Morning America" tested the bottoms of eight different people's shoes, as well as two dogs' paws, for bacteria. Ciocon's shoes contained the most bacteria of all — 66 million organisms.
It's no reflection on her; she probably just stepped directly in something.
In a recent study, researchers at the University of Arizona found nine different species of bacteria on people's shoes. These types of bacteria can cause infections in our stomachs, eyes and lungs.
The study also found bacteria live longer on our shoes than in other places. As we walk, we constantly pick up new debris that feeds the growth of more bacteria.
The researchers tested to see if bacteria on shoes would transfer to the tile floors in a house. More than 90 percent of the time it did. Carpeting harbors bacteria even more.
06-18-2008, 12:47 PM
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06-18-2008, 12:51 PM
Make that (16) pairs of black shoes, Shannon.At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
noonwitchGuest06-18-2008, 02:04 PM
And how many of those germs really are dangerous?
We are becoming way too germphobic in this country. Most people have resistance to germs, and if we keep spraying everything with disinfectant, we are going to lose that ability.
06-18-2008, 02:37 PM
I use enough bleach to blind the average person but I don't lose sleep over carpet germs. If I hit the floor at my house I'll need the paramedics, not the shoe covers. ;)
06-18-2008, 02:41 PM
Five Second Rule applies - just like food dropped on the floor. Just keep walking and don’t stand in one place for more than 4.9 seconds and you’ll be fine. ;)At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
06-18-2008, 05:21 PM
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Growing up we were never allowed to wear our shoes in the house. As soon as we hit the laundry room (the room connected to the back door), off they went. God forbid my mother see us walking on her carpets with shoes on. This quirk was reserved for family and children only. And it had nothing to do with bacteria issues...she didn't want us dirtying up her carpets. I still take my shoes off in my own house...but it's more of a comfort issue than a housekeeping issue.
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