After all it was a rare occasion that we would get candy or treats, so we weren’t about to let anything keep us from enjoying them. Especially the idea that there might be dirt or germs on it. I mean God made dirt and dirt don’t hurt, right?
I’m sure we’ve all said that at some point in our lives, at least I have.
Now that I’m a grown up and know a little something about germs I have also put certain “rule stipulations” into place. The five second rule just doesn’t always apply as easily as it did when I was a kid.
For example, if something sticky falls on the ground, like gum, the five second rule is completely void due to the fact that the germs that may have touched the gum have most certainly gotten stuck instantly and could not fallen off as they might have if it were something like a cookie.
Unfortunately the reality is that the five second rule is completely false! There was a study performed recently by San Diego State University that proved the five second rule can be a dangerous thing to live by. Knowing this now makes me want to be much more proactive in the way I keep my home.
I’ll admit it. I am not a super mom who washes her kitchen floor every week like I probably should, and I have gotten much more relaxed since my children are older and no longer crawl around on the floor looking for things to slobber all over.
I do try to keep my kitchen and bathroom fairly clean, and as germ free as possible. I love to keep a canister of Clorox wipes on my kitchen counter for quick clean ups. Knowing that I have wiped the counters down help me not stress out over the whole five second rule as much. I generally keep a spray bottle with water and bleach in it to clean different areas in my home quickly, and feel confident that they are indeed clean and disinfected.
I recently had a neat opportunity to talk with Samantha Bee who you may know most recently from The Daily Show.
“Samantha Bee was born and raised in Toronto Canada and understands that, yes, it’s very clean there. Having no appreciable skill set or professional aspirations, she turned to acting and found it compatible with her lazy lifestyle. She began her career by doing numerous commercial campaigns, as well as participating in the all-female sketch troupe The Atomic Fireballs. In 2003 she joined the cast of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and now holds the title of Most Senior Correspondent, having systematically eliminated all those before her. In addition to her work on “The Daily Show,” Bee can be seen opposite her husband Jason Jones in the feature film “Cooper’s Camera,” “Motherhood” starring Uma Thurman and Woody Allen‘s “Whatever Works“. Samantha’s first book “I Know I Am But What Are You” will be released by Simon & Schuster in June 2010, and later this year will be seen in the films “Furry Vengeance” opposite Brendan Fraser and in 20th Century Fox’s “Date Night” opposite Steve Carell and Tina Fey.
Bee is the recipient of the 2005 Canadian Comedy Award for “Pretty Funny Female,” but nobody ever thought to send her the statue.
When Bee is not working she enjoys photographing her children in foolish outfits and correcting spelling errors on menus.”
She is a hilarious and totally down to earth mom. And after talking with her I can say that she has a way of not taking the little things in life so seriously. I love her attitude about parenting and life in general, which is basically “Don’t sweat the small stuff”.
One thing she does take seriously is the health of her family. Just like the rest of us, they just don’t have the time to get sick. So Samantha set out to learn how to keep the germs at bay and prevent the spread of germs that may already be lingering about.
Following the tips that she found on Simple and Surprising, she learned that you can keep things much cleaner and avoid unnecessary stress wondering if things are clean enough. Once she put the things she learned into practice it didn’t bother her as much if someone chose to use the five second rule.
I would love to help you on the journey to a cleaner and healthier lifestyle. So, I am giving away a Clorox Gift Basket ($20 value) to one of you filled with a variety of Clorox products!
To enter this giveaway, simply share a funny five second story or answer one of the following questions below in a comment.
Do you or someone in your family follow the 5-second rule?
Who’s more likely to follow the 5-second rule in your house?
What are the most popular items to 5-second rule?
Do you have a funny 5-second rule story?
This giveaway is open to all legal residents of the US ages 18 and older and will end on February 8th.
*This giveaway has ended.
There are several other Bloggers who are running this contest as well, so check them out and enter to up your odds of winning!
**Although the product for this giveaway were supplied to me free of charge from Clorox and I was compensated for this post, all opinions expressed are solely mine.