MissDP

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  1. Thank you for replying! That's what I thought - I've been spreading microbes for years, and they haven't had a drastic effect! My usual routine is to not wear shoes in my house (so I don't transfer microbes from the street to my flooring". I was hoping to find an article that would say it wasn't harmful to wear shoes in the house. I am amazed to find so many articles that are along the lines of "never where shoes in the house". They're instilling fear into people. I was thinking "really, that tiny strand of hair could've transferred harmful microbes from my doormat to my flooring, and now I've put my family at risk of catching some horrid illness?" I suspected it was an irrational thought.
  2. I realize this is a weird question to ask, and yes, I am a bit of a germaphobe. I have a carpet doormat indoors that I walk on when I enter the house. It hasn't been cleaned in 8 months. I only ever walk on it with my shoes on. Today, i walked in and somehow a hair had ended up half on the doormat and half on my wooden floor. Anyway, i ended up "walking" that hair halfway across the house. I am a germaphobe but i have no intention of disinfecting the floors in my house (I've run out of disinfectant now anyway haha!). Seriously, what are the chances that I've spread harmful germs around my house? Nowadays, there are so many articles about how dangerous it is to wear shoes indoors, whereas they used to say germs were good for us. I'm sure it's a marketing ploy to get us to buy cleaning product. I would appreciate an honest answer. To be honest, I really don't think I would've spread harmful bacteria.Thanks!