The Dirty Truth About the 5 Second Rule

Dropped grill items, ice cream cones that topple, pacifiers that hit the floor — most of us have employed the five-second rule at some point to salvage a lost item. Usually some helpful witness shouts out “5 Second Rule” to egg you on. No one uses this rule more often, or liberally than a toddler. Trust me, I know this. But what happens when an infection disease expert takes five on the five-second rule? Ultimately, it’s a bunch of bahooey, although there are varying degrees of exposure.

Screen Shot 2014-03-12 at 10.12.58 PMgerms_or_bacteria-852x480First, a dropped item is immediately contaminated and can’t really be sanitized. All items that come into contact with a surface pick up bacteria (and dirt!). How much bacteria and what kind of microbes depends on the object dropped and the surface it is dropped upon.  Sure you might be able to rinse it under water, but it’s not going to be able to get rid of everything. 

According to scientist Jorge Parada, “Maybe the dropped item only picks up 1,000 bacteria, but typically the innoculum, or amount of bacteria that is needed for most people to actually get infected, is 10,000 bacteria — well, then the odds are that no harm will occur. But what if you have a more sensitive system, or you pick up a bacteria with a lower infectious dose? Then, you are rolling the dice with your health or that of your loved one.”

The number of germs picked up is variable. For instance a potato chip dropped on a clean service is probably going to be okay. An ice cream cone on the floor? Not so much. Unfortunately, toddlers don’t discriminate against location. Their decision is based on hunger and how much they desire whatever it is they dropped.

One way to help keep your family safe is be keeping your home clean, which sometimes requires a periodic deeper clean. You could rent or purchase a commercial quality cleaner and cleaning supplies, or you can sit back and relax while you have someone else take care of it for you. Yeah, that sounds closer to my cup of tea. 

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I am a Zerorez SoCal Ambassador. This post is written on behalf of Zerorez SoCal by me. All opinions remain my own.

23 thoughts on “The Dirty Truth About the 5 Second Rule”

  1. I like that it is green cleaning. My kids do the 5 second rule, but they do care what it is and if her seems extra nasty. I try to explain to them, but you know.

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  2. No 5 second rule in our house! We have a cleaning service come but it looks like I should shop around to look at prices!!

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  3. I think I may or may not follow the 5 second rule more liberally than a toddler… haha. The price for this cleaning is actually so reasonable!

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  4. Who wouldn’t want to have clean sanitize carpets and floors looks like a great service I would definitely want to try out myself thanks for the great review

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  5. Ugh– why did I read this? lol now I will no longer believe in the 5 second rule! Thanks for the information tho-very informative!

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  6. I admit – I’m a 5 second rule person. We have all hard-wood floors so I’m not sure if that makes it better…or worse. This definitely makes me rethink my opinions on it though!

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  7. We have birds that fly inside of our house and walk around on the floor, along with a Great Dane who tracks all kinds of stuff. We always throw away food that ends up on the floor…unless the dog gets to it first lol

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  8. Having 3 kids and 2 dogs everything that hits the floor goes in the trash. Ugh I’m also a germaphobe so there’s that!

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  9. I’m constantly telling my kids not to eat food they drop, pick up off the floor or find in their seat in the car. Yuck! Who knew there was that much bacteria in a 5 second drop!

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  10. I have never followed that 5 second rule! In a house with cats and dogs, no surface is ever truly clean! LOL!

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  11. Ugh, my old boss did the 5-second rule with a cookie she dropped in a room full of people lined up to get their lunch. The amount of germs she must have gotten on that thing grossed me OUT. I don’t like the 5-second rule. Can you tell? :)

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  12. That is amazing I have heard of this concept before. Water that you could drink that you could also clean with. It was from Japan and I also heard that in the hospitals in Japan they will give you a glass of this water before treating you. This is what my friend told me about the water not sure if its true. My friend is a doctor.

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  13. Ya, I definitely would have someone else do the deep cleaning for me! No way would I have time to do the deep cleaning with three very busy kids! It would be worth every penny! I love how they are ‘green’ too!!! Total plus!

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  14. Oh gosh my toddler has everything in her mouth. Ugh, she must drop her pacifier a ton of times and just pops it back in before I can get to it. I’ll have to check out these Zeroez!

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  15. My son is always searching for food under the dining room table. I’m constantly in a state of vacuuming these days. Kids can be so gross.

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  16. Despite my best efforts, my kids still don’t get it when I tell them not to eat things off of the ground. Even my 5-year-old indulged in some popcorn from the ground at Disneyland. GAG. That’s a great deal from Zerorez! Will have to check them out!

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  17. My son found a goldfish cracker under the couch not too long ago and nonchalantly popped it into his mouth. I was beyond horrified and made him go brush his teeth immediately. I don’t have any second rules in my house. If it hits the floor, it goes in the trash.

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