Researchers at the University of Houston found that about 40% of shoes were carrying the nasty “C.diff” bacterium, which stands for Clostridium difficile. Yet, interestingly, many European and American families never bother to insist on leaving shoes at the door. The problem with treating an infection caused by C.diff is that it is resistant to most antibiotics .
- As many Japanese eat on tatami mats on the floor and sleep on futons that are rolled out at night, it seems perfectly logical to keep shoes at the door.
- It was only when I had a Japanese guest visit that I realized the importance of taking off my shoes before entering the house.
- Now, science is backing up this hygienic practice and revealing that what you pick up on your shoes is not just a few germs and dirt, but rather nasty customers who should never be allowed into your home!