(Closed) Five second rule?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Would you still eat it?
    Sure why not? It's fine. : (57 votes)
    61 %
    No. Gross. Germs. : (36 votes)
    39 %
  • Post # 3
    2011 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    haha i did this this morning, i dropped a big box of unwrapped chocolates on the living room floor so i just scooped them up and ate two. For me it depends where i dropped it. If i dropped in on the kitchen floor i wouldnt eat i as my cat spends a lot of his time in their coming in with muddy paws, but the living room get hoovered wiped down every day.

    Post # 5
    676 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Depends on what I drop…something gooey or anything of the sort where if I drop it something will stick to it then no I am not eating it. But if I dropped a cracker or something I am eating it, I have eaten after my son so if I can handle food covered in slober I think a little dirt will be okay.

    Post # 6
    162 posts
    Blushing bee

    I thought it was a three second rule?

    Supposedly food with a high salt or sugar content is safer to eat after being dropped as there’s less chance of harmful bacteria surviving on it. Stuff like dried pasta is the worst for picking up nasty germs. I generally pick up stuff I dropped at home, as long as it looks clean and there are no bits of floor stuck to it. But any food I dropped in a public place would not be picked up under any circumstances!

    Post # 8
    1578 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

    I always check it and make sure there isn’t really anything on it… haha. If it looks clean and I can rinse it off in water, then I’m fine. 😛

    Post # 9
    1652 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Hmm. it depends where I drop it and whether it’s something I can rinse under the tap.

    Also I would only consider eating it if it was for myself, and not if I was cooking for others.

    Post # 10
    4429 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @RiverBride13:  it depends on what floor it fell on lol if its a clean floor like at home sure ill eat it if it fell on the floor at work no way!! lmao

    Post # 11
    2450 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    i use the 5 second rule all the time… and i never get sick. i can’t actually remember the last time i was sick (other than a yearly cold). my mom said i was never sick as a child either, except for chicken pox. so i’ll keep at it.

    Post # 12
    4049 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    All the time. If the floor is a complete disaster, I may not, and if it was something wet and sticky, I’d pass. But drop something dry on a relatively clean floor? Yes, I’ll eat it.

    Post # 13
    311 posts
    Helper bee

    Lil dirt ain’t gonna hurt nobody! 

    Post # 14
    633 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    It depends on where I am…at home, I’d leave it longer if I just couldn’t get to it, and be fine…even if our floors aren’t the cleanest. I’ve never been too concerned about germs! In public, I probably wouldn’t eat it at all…but that’s mostly b/c I know it would gross other people out…but if no one is around? Heck yes, I’m finishing my tasty snack!

    My fiance and I joked about this all the time when our daughter would drop her pacifier…if it hit the floor, it got germs on it, plus HER germs, so wiping in on our shirts or swishing it under the faucet isn’t going to do much to help. The only time I get sick is when I’m around other sick people or eat something that disagrees with me…maybe those sick people ate food off the floor!

    Post # 15
    2106 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    No way. Even if the floor is clean, feet have been all over it. It is as if feet have been rubbed all over whatever fell. 

    The solution: eat at the table if you drop food often enough to make rules about it. 

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