Body & Fitness

The 10-second rule could be ruining your health

That piece of toast that hit the floor for half a second? You should definitely bin it.

So it turns out, the ’10-second rule’ we use in deciding whether food can still be eaten after being dropped on the ground could actually be lethal.

Researchers claim that a third of us are putting our health on the line for dropped food, with risks of household bugs like E. coli and salmonella.

This kind of bacteria sticks onto food instantly, and should be binned ASAP.

A survey by cleaning technology firm Karcher showed 37% of the people polled would eat food they dropped on the kitchen floor, and 38% would eat something that hit the lounge room floor.

It also found that 49% of people rely only on a broom to clean the floor, and 59% wait until there are visible signs of dirt to start cleaning.

Dogs are also responsible for bringing in potentially harmful micro-organisms into the home, like coliform bacteria, E. coli, campylobacter and salmonella.

According to hygienist Dr Lisa Ackerley, the ‘silent killers’ of our homes can multiply from a single bacterium to several million after seven hours.

“Regular small bursts of hygienic cleaning is more important than one big spring clean,” Dr Ackerley told Daily Mail.

“Bacteria and viruses can’t be seen or smelt and are easily destroyed through high temperatures, meaning steam cleaning is perfect.”

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