(WTVO) — A University of Arizona study has confirmed that it’s a good idea to take off your shoes when you get home.
According to the study, traces of bacteria were found on the bottom and inside of 97 percent of the shoes tested.
It’s bacteria that can cause respiratory illnesses, even E. coli, among others.
Scientists found that washing the shoes with detergent helps to kill germs.
But the Hawaiian and Japanese tradition of taking shoes off before going in the house seems like a much simpler way to stop the spread of germs.