Tell me, would you rather eat something off the toilet seat… or the kitchen floor?
I bet if anything landed on your toilet seat – even in your own bathroom, even for just a second – you’d probably toss it without thinking twice.
But believe it or not, as far as filth goes, your kitchen may be giving your bathroom a run for its money.
Sponges and dishcloths are both a breeding ground for bacteria, up to 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat! And that means when you use them to clean dishes AND soiled surfaces like countertops, cutting boards, and floors, you end up spreading all those bacteria and other infectious bugs.
So, as far as cleaning cloths go, use them once and either wash them or toss them.
Cleaning cutting boards frequently is essential, too. In fact, researchers found that cutting boards can contain 200 times more of the bacteria found in poop than where you actually poop.
Carpets and other flooring are riddled with germs – with some reports claiming that they can be up to 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat! So when you drop some food on a laminate or tile floor that’s been tainted with salmonella, the bacteria practically skate right onto it.
But what about the “Five-Second Rule”? you ask.
Well, a 2014 UK study found that bacteria contaminates food more the longer it sits there.
But while five seconds may be safer than six seconds, you’re still exposing yourself to all sorts of infectious bugs – like E. coli, Staphylococcus, and more – if you pick it back up and eat it anyway.
And once the fallen food has been left there for more than 30 seconds, according to another study, it’s pretty much done-for.
And grandparents, that goes for those saliva-soaked baby toys and pacifiers as well!
The science may not be conclusive about how much time on the floor is too much, but common sense doesn’t leave much doubt.
If you happen to drop something – especially on a surface that you haven’t cleaned yourself, like the floor of a restaurant or your car – just throw it out.
You can always get more food, but you can’t take back a big bite of bacteria that ends up making you sick.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Is there really a five-second rule about food on the floor, cnn.com/2016/06/10/health/five-second-rule-food-on-floor/index.html
5-second-rule rules, sometimes, webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/5-second-rule-rules-sometimes-
Your Kitchen is Probably Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat, foodandwine.com/articles/fyi-your-kitchen-is-probably-dirtier-than-a-toilet-seat
The kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat – and could even lead to PARALYSIS, dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2235650/The-kitchen-sponge-200-000-times-dirtier-toilet-seat–lead-PARALYSIS.html#ixzz4CzYvicfa
Eliminate Germs in Your House, menshealth.com/health/eliminate-germs-your-house
Researchers prove the five second rule is real, aston.ac.uk/news/releases/2014/march/five-second-food-rule-does-exist/
The five-second rule DOES exist: Eating food that’s been dropped on the floor isn’t always dangerous – especially if it’s toast, dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2575852/The-five-second-rule-DOES-exist-Eating-food-thats-dropped-floor-isnt-dangerous-especially-toast.html