In that article, I referenced how I would step in something and think, ewwww, that's gonna end up on my floor...
Take off your shoes! The University of Arizona found an average of 421,000 different bacteria on shoes! Wanna pick that cookie off the floor and eat it?!?
Coliforms which is the "bacterial indicator of the level of sanitation of foods and water (and universally present in feces) were detected on the bottoms of 96% of shoes".
And, to make matters worse, E. coli was found on 27% of the shoes. Seven other kinds of bacteria including the kinds that cause urinary tract and respiratory infections were found. Other studies have shown that the bacteria C. Diff (clostridium difficile) is on 39% of shoes. This is a dangerous bug that causes a number of health conditions including chronic diarrhea that may result in the need for the fecal transplant.
The study reported that even if you wipe your feet and walk a couple of miles, you still transfer 90% to 99% of that yuck to your floors at home.
So, take off your shoes, wash them, steam your floors and clean your carpets with a disinfectant.
But, please, please, throw away food that lands on the floor. I've made my case, right?
Just do the best you can, Claudia
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