In Japan and many other Asian countries, it’s customary to take your shoes off before entering the house. There are a lot of dirt, dust, and bacteria you are bringing home on your shoes, and it is no wonder the Japanese, one of the healthiest nations in the world, prefer to leave their shoes at the door. But besides germs and bacteria, there are some other reasons to consider a ’no shoes in the house’ policy.
We at Bright Side will probably have to re-think our house rules after doing this research. And we prepared a special bonus for you at the end of the article that will help you easily apply these new rules in your home.
1. You might bring nasty bacteria into your home.
Even if your shoes are brand new and seem perfectly clean, they attract many harmful germs that will eventually end up on all the surfaces you walk on. Research has shown that about 40% of shoes can bring a bacteria called Clostridium difficile into your home.
This bacteria triggers infections that are resistant to most medicines and can lead to diarrhea and inflammation in your stomach. It can also spread around your house and live on dry surfaces for a long time. It can also be very hard to get rid of.
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