15 Myths Behind the 5 Second Rule

Can you remember the first time you heard someone say “5 second rule!” and watched them ceremoniously pick up whatever fell on the floor and shove it in their mouth? In that one brief moment, you were introduced to the concept that if something doesn’t lie on the ground for more than five seconds, it’s immune to anything gross and is still considered “safe.” Safe, in this case, equates to: it’s cool to go ahead and eat, drink, or continue to use said item.

Just like many other strange things you were told as a child (here’s lookin’ at you, weird Uncle Albert), unfortunately the 5 Second Rule isn’t factual, as much as we’d like to believe it so.

Here are 15 myths behind the 5 Second Rule…

1. My floor is pretty clean anyway

You swept it last week, right? Or was it last month? But either way, it’s probably fine, right? Unfortunately…no. Bacteria and all sorts of other germs can live on surfaces for very long periods of time, even if you think you keep your place pretty clean and tidy. Ew.

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