Say What….The “Five Second Rule” is Real???


You know the so called “rule” that if you drop something on the floor, you have five seconds to pick it up before it becomes “toxic”? Well it turns out that a scientific study surprisingly shows there’s credibility to that statement:

Article excerpt:

‘Food picked up just a few seconds after being dropped is less likely to contain bacteria than if it is left for longer periods of time according to the findings.

The type of flooring the food has been dropped on has an effect, with bacteria least likely to transfer from carpeted surfaces and most likely to transfer from laminate or tiled surfaces to moist foods making contact for more than five-seconds.

β€œWe have found evidence that transfer from indoor flooring surfaces is incredibly poor with carpet actually posing the lowest risk of bacterial transfer onto dropped food,” said Professor Anthony Hilton who headed the study.’


Eh, I’m still not convinced enough to do it myself -food that touches the floor that has been walked on by street shoes = food that now belongs to a pet or the trash IMO. πŸ™‚


6 thoughts on “Say What….The “Five Second Rule” is Real???

  1. Food would be “contaminated” more so than “toxic”, toxic would mean bacteria have produced toxins and you’ll be throwing up all over the place immediately after you eat it haha.


  2. But carpet is so dirty… It’s so hard to clean……. I feel like this study only produced “duh” results. Of course there’s more bacteria on something that sits on a dirty surface for longer. There’s still bacteria getting on the food that’s been dropped though. hahaha.


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