Do you know the 5-second rule for dropped food?

What’s the 5-second rule? If you drop your food on the floor, you’ve had already thought, and if not, you’ve probably heard someone say that you need to pick it up within 5 seconds.

Why? So that you can eat it. And that it’s not dirty yet.

The gist of the 5-second rule

The only thing that you need to really know is that yes, you can eat food that has been dropped and reached the floor for 5 seconds. Actually, even more than 5 seconds.

Because the length of time the food spends in contact with the floor is not really important. What is more important is the kind of floor it came in contact with and how much bacteria is on the floor.

For example, if you dropped your food on a carpeted surface, the odds are higher that there will be less bacteria. According to a study, carpets have lesser capabilities of holding bacteria, than wood or tile.

To learn more about the 5-second rule, watch this video:

What do you think of the 5-second rule? Do you do this? Let us know!

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  • Quin Meri says:

    Lol, if I drop food that would scatter on the floor, then I won’t eat it. Regardless of how many seconds it is.?

  • Juli Woods says:

    If I drop chips on the floor, I’ll pick it up but I ain’t eating that. I still think it’s dirty and I don’t want to get sick over that.

  • Never will I ever eat anything off the floor even if it’s in a 5 second rule and it’s in a public place. If I’m at home and I know how clean the floor is, I’ll eat it. But never in restaurant floors or any public place wherein I don’t know the frequency of cleaning they do.?

  • Eloise Ferris says:

    I thought that carpets are the dirties because you can’t exactly pour bleach on it to clean it unlike tiled floors wherein it’s easy to clean.

    • Annie Wright says:

      I was thinking of the same. Carpets tend to look older than floors too when they’re worn out. So I thought it would harbor more germs.

  • Susan Lopez says:

    I always teach my child not to eat anything that’s already dropped on the floor, so why should I?

  • Laura Harris says:

    If I drop some expensive food on the floor, I’m going to pick it up. LOL.? Unless it’s soup.

  • Sara Bragg says:

    It depends on where I dropped the food. 5 second or not, if it was in a public bathroom, nope.

    • Savannah Grishin says:

      That’s just disgusting. No one would do that.

  • Alica Kellermann says:

    Here I am, thinking that this 5 second rule was a very childish thing!

  • Celia Parsons says:

    Whether this is true or not, I’m never telling my kids that they can actually do this.?