From childhood to adulthood, the 5 second rule saved us (or so we thought) in many situations. Did you drop the last cookie? Fumble that french fry? You may have imagined a hundred germy little creatures racing to that morsel unless you were fast enough to grab it. Whew. Got it!

No harm done, right?


As you probably suspected, the “5 second rule” is a myth. A gross one, at that.

The stomach bug virus (known as norovirus) can live for weeks in your carpet and on your home surfaces. WEEKS. Yuck.

As soon as your food hits the floor, that’s it. Take a deep breath. Pick it up, throw it away, and wash your hands. I know it’s tough. I know that was the LAST. COOKIE. I’m sorry, but it’s time to move on.

Ok, so what can you do?

Rather than eating potentially bug-infested food, you CAN protect your home and family.


  1. Thoroughly clean surfaces regularly with soapy water, and rinse with plain water.
  2. Disinfect all surfaces with bleach after an outbreak occurs.
  3. Schedule regular carpet cleaning from an IICRC-certified company. (The CDC also recommends organizations with IICRC certifications)
  4. Always wash your hands!


Nobody likes to fight sickness while juggling school, work, and life in general. A clean home is a healthy home. If we can help you make your home healthier, call us!

Further Reading:

Our carpet cleaning services
More about norovirus (CDC)
*Poster for norovirus prevention

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