5-Second Rule…Rules:

Wet textured food – Goes in the trash
ANY public surface – Goes in the trash
Bathroom surface – Goes in the trash

Other than that….We’re good! 😉


Here are some 5-second rule pictures from our

house. Apparently cornstarch, chocolate, and

rotisserie chickens fall under the 5-second rule….

Okay that last pic is pretty white trash.  I will have

to add that to my “Top 10 things that make me white

trash” post 😉


Earlier this week Melissa invited me to work with @Clorox and Samantha Bee from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  Samantha spoke about her parenting style and how she was guilty of using the 5-second rule in her home. While listening to her speak about this I could tell that we had very similar parenting styles, though she probably would not openly agree with that after seeing the pictures above……

Anyway, @Clorox and San Diego State University conducted a study that demonstrated that using the 5-second rule may not be the best parenting practice. The study found that germs attached to food/baby bottles when dropped on several household surfaces within 5 seconds.

Did I ACTUALLY think that the 5-second rule was real? Okay. No. I have always thought someone made it up as a joke. Will I continue to live by it regardless of that? Absolutely.  The 5-second rule stays in our house. Fortunately for  people like me, @Clorox has their Clorox Wipes that are so easy to use and no laundry comes from using them. My mom used to make us use 3 wash cloths per bathroom in our house when cleaning them. I’m sorry but that is 9 too many wash cloths for me. Thanks.

There are some really great products and tips that you can read about on

Now, onto the giveaway!

-Win a Clorox Surprise Pack valued at $20-

How To Enter:

  • Leave a comment here with a 5-second rule story of your own.  (1 entry)
  • Leave a comment here with the url to a funny 5-second rule picture you have. (1 extra entry)
  • Subscribe to my blog and leave a comment telling me you subscribed (1 extra entry)
  • Follow @Clorox On Twitter and tweet : Debunk the 5 Second Rule Myth & Win $20 in Clorox Products #5SecRule – Leave a comment saying you did so. (1 extra entry)

Giveaway ends February 10th 2010 at midnight. Winner will be informed by email. US only.

I was compensated monetarily by Clorox for this post. All opinions are my own.

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  • Steph February 6, 2010 6:15 pm

    I want to win! I let my dog eat things off the floor all the time. Sometimes even in 10 seconds.

  • Vanessa February 7, 2010 8:56 pm

    I would like to eat a chicken like that also please. thankyou

  • Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} February 8, 2010 9:37 am

    My dog is also allowed to consistently follow the 5-second rule 🙂 Last time I remember doing it was when I dropped an Oreo. *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  • Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} February 8, 2010 9:38 am
  • Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} February 8, 2010 9:38 am

    Subscribed by email

  • Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} February 8, 2010 9:38 am

    Following @Clorox on Twitter and Tweeted

  • Becky Boyd February 8, 2010 3:56 pm

    1998. Hathaway Pines, CA. Spending the night at my bff’s house one night, freshman year of high school, we are scooping out ice cream for ourselves and her family. We were down to the bottom of the box of ice cream and her dad liked healthy sized servings. Somehow most of his serving ended up on the kitchen floor, but using that 5-second rule, we quickly scooped it up off the floor and back into his bowl. We served it, he ate it, and we’ve laughed about that story every year since then. We finally braved up and confessed out dessert shenanigans to her dad last year.

  • Becky Boyd February 8, 2010 3:58 pm

    I don’t know how to subscribe or tweet, send me an email how and i’ll try to figure it out.

  • Becky March 1, 2010 8:21 pm

    waiting for you to update your fam blog.
    in the mean time….
    5 sec rule also applies to gummy bear vitamins in our house. always.
    and JP dropped his gum on the floor of costco the other day, picked it up, put it back in his mouth on his way to throw it away. i almost died. there could not be a more disgusting public floor than the one at costco, other than public restrooms ofcourse.

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