We've all heard it. Some of us even swear by it.. you know -- the 5 second rule. That's the amount of time you supposedly have to get something up off the floor (like food, for instance) before it gets too gross to eat. Not that any of us have ever let our kids do that *cough* but apparently.. it's all bunk!

I recently got the chance to sit on a cool blogger conference call with funny lady Samantha Bee (you may know her from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"). She shared hilarious parenting stories, sanity tips, and the surprising results of a study done by Clorox regarding that commonly-believed "5 Second Rule." Turns out, we don't have even 5 seconds, if a surface isn't properly cleaned!

You can read more about Samantha and the results of this study at Samantha's Blog post over at the Clorox website. It gives a little more info about how Clorox bleach can be used to make your floor clean enough to eat off of -- safely-- and literally. (You can also use it to disinfect those sippy cups after they've already hit the floor.) The tips I've learned are simple and surprising!


Wanna Win? We're giving away a Clorox product prize pack valued at $20 to one lucky winner! To be entered to win, just share your funniest "5 second rule" moment, story, photo, or video. We'll randomly pick one to get the goodies! You have until February 10th at 11:59 am CST to get your entries in, and you can enter every day! (Just comment as directed for your first entry, and for each entry after that, type "Today's Entry!")

Giveaways are subject to complete site rules. Open to persons 18+ U.S. only, please. (Be sure to give us a way to reach you if you win, and remember that we will never use your email or contact info for anything other than to send your prize.) Good luck, and be sure to check out all of our other giveaways!

*Clorox provided me with a gift card for my participation in this program and prizes for the winner. Thanks to Consumer Queen for this opportunity!

Additionally, you can win goodies strictly from Clorox by Tweeting @Clorox with the item you use the 5-second rule with most -- you will have the chance to win a $50 Visa gift card. Use #smpl&surprising in your tweet!