being MVP: Do you Go By the 5-Second Rule? #ZerorezSoCal

Do you Go By the 5-Second Rule? #ZerorezSoCal

Disclosure: This is a partnered post with ZerorezSoCal. All opinions are my own.

When Kenzie was born and as she grew into toddler-hood, I was neurotic about having everything being sterilized and clean. Fast forward and I am a wee bit less cleanly with Mason as he has become a toddler. I blame it on him being a roaming eater and quick to pick up off the ground when something drops.

When we are out and about, food that drops to the floor is thrown out and cups/pacis that fall are whisked away to be washed. However, that rule is broken in our home. I don't literally count the 5-seconds but when Mason drops something while he is eating while playing, he picks it right up and shoves into his mouth before I can go grab it. I have given up and since he hasn't gotten sick (yet), I don't regulate it as I probably should since the statistics show that the 5-second rule doesn't quite keep all the germs/bacteria away.

A clean-looking floor isn't necessarily clean.
A floor that looks dirty is usually worse, but even dry floors that look clean can contain bacteria. Why? Some germs can survive on the floor for a long time. And unless you have a powerful microscope, you can't check to see how many germs are there. So chances are, some bacteria are probably living on your kitchen floor and the cafeteria floor at school.

I thought I kept a clean floor until ZerorezSoCal came to "clean". There are random crumbs that I may miss but I usually vacuum at least every other day and the housecleaner comes every 2 weeks. Gil the technician informed me that what I had thought was dirty tile is actually the natural coloring of the stone. The "dirty" part is actually in the grout. He actually showed me the difference in grout coloring from high traffic areas and the less traveled areas. I was surprised.

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Faster is better.
A piece of food will pick up more bacteria the longer it spends on the floor. So food left there for 5 seconds or less will probably collect fewer bacteria than food sitting there for a longer time.

I think the notion that picking up food in 5 seconds being ok to eat is pretty clouded as bacteria and germs can attach to your food as soon as it hits the floor. It all depends upon the conditions and food type. I admit that my kiddos have dropped fruit (especially large apples) and have picked it right up and taken a bite. I try to monitor and grab to give it a rinse before handing back but since Mason is pretty quick now, sometimes I don't get to him in time before he takes a delicious bite of the apple or shoves a pieces of tangerine into his mouth. 

Check out the dirty water that came from my ZerorezSoCal cleaning. We don't wear shoes in the house and the house cleaner came just 2 days before my appointment and look at all the grime! 

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When in doubt, toss it out.

Some bacteria are not harmful. But others can give you awful stuff, like diarrhea. You can't see the bacteria and, even if you could, it doesn't take much to make you sick. So what are you to do with that delicious piece of whatever that just slipped from your grip? The safest choice is to throw it out. 

When we are out and Mason goes for something on the floor, I shout at him to distract him. The problem is that Hubs gets upset and tells me to calm down most likely because I look like the lunatic mom at the restaurant. My usual tactic is to extend my leg and kick it away to give Hubs time to pick it up before Mason lunges for it. It's worked thus far and I hope my kids never experience the ill effects of bacteria from the floor. Yes I am selfish in that seeing my kids sick and miserable is no fun. 

Hubs is of the mind that the kids need to be exposed to germs to become immune and healthier. I think that I should protect the kids from goodness knows what as much as I can in my control.

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  1. Its crazy to see how much dirt they got off your floor even after the lady and cleaned. I think ZerorezSoCal looks like a great company that does a good job on getting the spots that we can sometimes miss.

  2. We go by the 5 second rule even though we shouldn't. Thanks for the reminder that just because it looks clean doesn't mean it is.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo


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