The pacifier drops to the floor from the baby's fingers or the coveted cookie falls out of the hand of the devastated preschooler: "Five-second rule," we claim as we quickly scoop it up and please the child.
I was at Starbucks with some friends once and dropped my coveted cookie. I named the five-second rule as I stooped to pick it up, when my friend beat me to it and ran to throw it away.
I had heard years ago that the five-second rule was in fact accurate; that is, that germs did not usually adhere to food if it was on the floor for that short of a time. Additionally, since I am not a great housekeeper, I generally feel that any place governed by the board of health is going to have a much cleaner floor than most of the surfaces in my kitchen.
Well some students at Connecticut university have not only proven the five second rule, but that for hard, dry foods, the safe time is as much as a minute, and it's still thirty seconds for wet foods (such as an apple slice).
Eat up, moms!
View the two minute report from ABC news by clicking HERE.
Find other advice (that you might be less reluctant to use), by checking out all the participants in Works-for-me Wednesday at Rocks in My Dryer.