This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Zerorez SoCal. All opinions are my own.
The 5-second rule has been around forever. I remember following it when I was a kid, and I typically don’t worry if one of my girls drops something on the floor at our house, then picks it up and eats it right away.
However, that’s something that I may be reconsidering after reading that the 5-second rule has actually been studied. Did you know that bacteria can attach itself to your food immediately after it hits the floor? Of course, the longer it stays there, the more bacteria are collected.
Some of the bacteria could be harmless, but some of them could be especially toxic like e. coli or salmonella. I would feel awful if the girls got sick from eating something off of the floor! Scientists recommend instead of practicing the 5-second rule, you follow this recommendation instead, “When in doubt, toss it out.”
You might be thinking, but I keep my house super clean! Did you know that Salmonella Typhimurium can survive for up to 4 weeks on dry surfaces in high-enough populations to be transferred to foods? And it can be transferred immediately upon contact.
So if you miss just one spot, Salmonella could still be living in your home. And that doesn’t even cover the fact that most household cleaners are toxic to your health too! In 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers, accounting for 206,636 calls.
It’s always best to choose natural cleaners (not just “green” cleaners, because a lot of brands greenwash). My favorite cleaning supplies are vinegar, baking soda, castile soap and essential oils! You can do just about anything with those basic ingredients.
One thing we have put off doing for some time now is having our carpets cleaned. We use only natural products in our home, so the thought of slathering our carpets with chemical soap just wasn’t appealing.
Then I was introduced to Zerorez So Cal. When I read that they clean carpets using only high pH water and citrus oils, I was really excited to see if it worked. We were definitely due for a carpet cleaning.
In addition to bacteria, I wanted to clear out dust mites since 18-30% of Americans are allergic to their waste. And nearly half of American homes have high enough allergen levels to cause sensitivity in people who were not previously allergic to dust mites. I’m all for anything safe we can do to prevent allergies.
Zerorez came out and cleaned the carpet in our living room and the girls’ room as well as our linoleum floors. Even though I know you don’t need toxic cleaners, I was still surprised to see the carpets turn from a light shade of brown to their original color. In this picture, you can see where the technician had cleaned and where he hadn’t cleaned yet. It was even more visible in person.
Since no harsh chemicals are used, you can use the Zerorez SoCal service quarterly to help keep your home free of bacteria and dust mites! To show you the water they use is truly non-toxic, I even took a drink of it!
Do you follow the 5 second rule?
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