A cleaning guru has settled a fierce debate that has raged throughout homes across the globe – by pointing out some rather disgusting detail.
Dena O’Neill, known on social media for her cleaning and organising skills, has revealed just how dirty our shoes are – and why we shouldn’t wear them in the house.
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“These petri dishes have me shook,” the mum of three captioned a post on Instagram.
O’Neill had previously put up a poll on her Instagram asking “who wears publicly worn shoes throughout the house?”.
The mum, who only allows shoes to be worn in the entry of her home, was taken aback by the number of people who conceded they wore shoes inside.
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The admission led her on a quest to “figure out how dirty our publicly worn shoes are AND the floor where we walk with those shoes”.
In a video to the platform, O’Neill swabbed the bottom of her shoe with a cotton tip before rubbing it in a petri dish.
She repeated the action on the floor in her entry way and left both petri dishes undisturbed for a week.
“The results are telling,” she wrote.
In both petri dishes, white, yellow and grey specks can be seen to have grown.
Cleaning guru Dena O’Neill revealed why you shouldn’t wear your shoes in the house. Credit: Facebook/@DailyDetailswithDenaO’Neill first swiped her shoe with a cotton tip. Credit: Instagram/@dailydetailswithdena
“While I can’t tell you exactly what’s growing in those dishes, I have to assume it’s not good bacteria ‘cause, well, let me list some of the places we walk,” she said.
“Parks where animals pee and poop. Grass where animals pee and poop.
“Public restrooms where people pee and poop then flush with no lid, so the plume of poo flies up into the air and then to the floor.
“Floors where other people wear their public shoes and who knows where they’ve walked and travelled.”
The bottom of her shoe result. Credit: Instagram/@dailydetailswithdenaThe result from the entry way floor. Credit: Instagram/@dailydetailswithdena
The test reaffirms O’Neill’s decision to not wear shoes in the house.
She adds that she makes “guests take them off too”.
“And if they can’t (workers or something), I have shoe covers available,” she continued.
“Here’s the thing, if you’re wearing these shoes through your house, you have to clean your floors way more often (and) that takes way longer than taking off the shoes.
“If you have to wear shoes, get a pair that don’t go outside of your home and switch into those to keep your feet comfy but your floors cleaner for longer.”
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