Found these two cartoons which is funny, demonstrating the rule.
Anyway, in case you are wondering, the 5-second rule is NOT TRUE. There is no significant difference in the number of bacteria collected from 2 seconds exposure as there was from 6 seconds exposure. Okay, so today you learnt something!
For me, my rule is that I look at the place it has fallen on and what food it is (see whether it’s a yummy one anot. hahaha).
If it’s a dry food, for example, cracker, and dropped on my house floor, I’ll pick it up.
I’ll pick it up if it landed on my dress.
I’ll pick it up if it landed on a clean table (home, restaurant, but not food court tables)
I wont pick up food from food court/hawker centre/public area floor. Cos common sense, many shoes have already stepped all over the place since morning.
I won’t pick it up if it landed on the carpet because I feel that carpets are dusty.
If it’s a piece of curry chicken, I’d deem it as easier to get bacteria since it’s wet, so I wont take it up no matter where it landed on.
What about you? What’s your yardstick on when to pick up and when not to?