5 Second Food Rule

The Five-Second Food Rule Isn’t as Savvy as You Think.

We’re all guilty of eating food that has fallen to the floor. How could germs or bacteria latch on in less than five seconds? Germs can’t be that fast…right? WRONG! The Five-Second Rule embodies one of the largest misconceptions about the relationship between germs and food. The two much closer than you think.

 It’s okay to eat, right?

In a controlled study at the Manchester Metropolitan University, scientists tested five different types of food to see which types of foods were more likely to pick up bacteria. The food samples included bread with jam, ham, cooked pasta, dried fruit and a plain biscuit. All of which were selected because they are commonly eaten and contain various water activity levels.


The study revealed that the ham and sugary bread with jam were safer to eat after having been dropped to the floor. Both are highly processed foods with higher contents of salt and sugar, which make their surface less welcoming to bacteria growth.

Welcome Bacteria! 

The pasta and the dried fruit were another story. The pasta had an increased yeast count while the dried fruit contained too many particles of a bacterium called klebsiella to count. Klebsiella is a bacterium that is commonly linked to diseases such as urinary track infections, pneumonia, septicaemia and soft tissue conditions.


The biscuit stood alone with the least amount of bacteria particles found lurking on its surface. MMU Technical Officer Kathy Lees reported, “No specific organisms were detected on the biscuit, which has a low water activity level and low adhesion ability.”




With all of these germs in question, what is it that we are we willing to risk our health for?

Do you know the 5 second rule? 

According to another study conducted in 2003 by intern Jillian Clarke of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, people are more likely to eat cookies and candy opposed to broccoli or cauliflower from the floor. Clarke also found that more women than men were aware of the rule. Women weighed in at 70% and men at a slightly lower 56%. Jillian was awarded an Ig Nobel Prize in 2004 for her studies on the Five Second Rule. The Ig Nobel Prize is awarded for achievements that make people laugh and make them think.


Now that you know the truth about The Five-Second Rule, how can you protect your family from harmful bacteria? The answer is simple; try not to eat food that has fallen to the floor. If you can’t resist because that last cookie was just too delicious make sure that your floors are mopped on a daily or weekly basis and exchange the mop head every three months to minimize bacteria growth. Lastly never forget your Qore 24 for 24 hours of germ protection!




Five Household Items Filthier Than the Toilet Seat

Germ Covered Household Objects

The toilet seat is often unfairly cast as the dirtiest item in the household. Why wouldn’t it be? Ever since you were little you were taught to scrub your hands clean of all of the germs that could have latched on to you after using it. While washing hands is always a great life practice, what most people don’t know is that your toilet might be one of the cleanest items in your home. From now on consider deeply sanitizing these things with an antibacterial cleaner regularly:

Cell Phone:

Talk about one big, disgusting germ that you rub all over your face every day… Gross! Your cell phone harbors over 25,000 bacteria per square inch. Where does it get all of the germs and bacteria? Think about it. Cell phones have become our best friends. We use them all day long, during and after every activity known to mankind. But how often do we clean them? We take them everywhere…even to the bathroom! Consider giving it a wipe down with an antibacterial cleaner before your next phone call.

Kitchen Sponge:

That little cellulosic fiber square that you use to scrub away at things like dishes and counters holds an abominable amount of germs. According to Dr. Chuck Gerba, professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, your kitchen sponge has about 10 million bacteria per square inch just hanging out on it. Consider running it through the dishwasher to clean it or replacing it more often to keep the germs away.


Car Steering Wheel:

Yes, your steering wheel should better be known as a circle of germs because that is exactly what it is. “During a typical day you might touch things such as a gas pump dispenser, cash from the bank drive-thru window, and your crying child’s runny nose in the back seat, and then use those same hands to grip the steering wheel after every transaction without any disinfecting in between.” Remember to give it a wipe down once a week with a Qore-24 anti-microbial wipe to make sure your car isn’t the culprit getting you sick.

Leather Purse:

Now, we won’t limit the purse germ party to just “leather” purses, but studies do show that because leather is soft and suppleness, germs have no problem clinging onto it for extended periods of time. The outside of your purse is only half of the problem. The inside holds a lot of bacteria as well with your bottle of hand cream reigning supreme as the dirtiest item in a women’s handbag.


Computer Keyboard:

With almost 4,000 bacteria per square inch your keyboard is a germ factory. It’s not that you meant for it to be that way, it just happened. Just like the circle of life, things happen and we all know one thing leads to another. You touch money then touch your keyboard. You touch your cellphone or pet your dog that was rolling in just about everything outside then touch your keyboard. Fact is you keep touching your keyboard and are most likely not disinfecting or cleaning it leading to more and more germs. Give it some cleaning love every once and while to keep it from garnering too many germs.


It’s easy to keep your family safe from germs simply by regularly disinfecting these household items, throwing away old sponges and using Qore 24.


Summer Germs

Drying Towel
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Summer has officially come and so have the germs. With outdoor activities and traveling, there’s too much to do to get sick during your vacation time. Here are the germs to watch out for this summer so you can arm yourself and your family all summer long. Remember Qore-24 on your vacation.


Swimming Pools with Fecal Bacteria 

The Center of Disease Control (CDC) conducted a study in 161 public pools in Atlanta and found that 93 of the pools tested positive for E. coli, a fecal indicator. That means 58% of the pools they were studying had swimmers who had a fecal incident in the water and the pool was not properly treated after the incident. It also means that swimmers are not following the general rules of public pool hygiene. To be a good public pool goer, make sure to shower thoroughly before entering the water to decrease the chance of passing germs off to your fellow swimmers. As for protecting your kids, remind them that pool water is not for drinking and they should find a clean water source if they’re thirsty. For more information, read the full CDC report at http://1.usa.gov/14hByg6.


Summer Travel Germs

Summer is the perfect time to getaway, but catching a bug on the way will certainly ruin the vacation fun. Germs like to live in lots of different places on airplanes, but they especially love the seat pockets. Dr. Gerba, the University of Arizona microbiology professor, also advises that travelers avoid bathrooms on planes. In the last six years, he’s found viruses such as influenza, MRSA and diarrhea on multiple surfaces around the plane. The best way to avoid catching these germs is to stay protected throughout your travel time. This is where Qore-24 comes in and helps keep you and your family germ free so you can enjoy your vacation.


Germs from Wet Pool Towels

            We don’t always leave our wet towels to hang out to dry after taking a dip in the pool or in the ocean, but it should be a priority this summer. Bacteria love to hang out in dark, damp places, like rolled up beach towels or bathing suits. Outbreaks of MRSA infections have been reported from people not fully drying their towels or taking the time to wash them. MRSA infections generally start as a painful skin boil and can transfer through human contact. So, the next time you take a dip, remember, getting something wet is not the same as washing it. Make sure to fully dry or wash used towels or bathing suits all summer long.


Summer Food Borne Illnesses on Vacation

            We always look forward to backyard summer barbeques, but don’t always spot the bacteria that can come with it. The Federal government estimates that there are about 48 million cases of foodborne illness annually, which is roughly 1 in every 6 Americans. The symptoms range from mild discomfort to very serious, life threatening conditions. The good news is that food borne illnesses can be avoided with some simple steps.

  • Don’t leave food that should be chilled sitting out too long
  • Make sure your food is cooked thoroughly
  • Wash your hands before and after preparing and serving food
  • Don’t double contaminate utensils
  • Don’t defrost frozen food on the kitchen counter.


Following these simple steps will help keep your family and guests bacteria free all summer long.

A Germ Update

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent news about where germs are lurking and the new studies about them. We tried to combine the most pertinent news into one place to keep it clean and make your life a little easier.

 Don’t throw your toothbrush away after you get strep throat

Hard to believe this is true, but it is. A study took a group of children, some with the strep throat virus and the others without, and tested their toothbrushes for the strep throat virus. They found that the toothbrushes that belonged to the infected children were not contaminated and no bacteria grew on them. The one brush that was contaminated with A Streptococcus, the bacteria that causes strep throat, was from a child who did not have strep throat. But, the most surprising find was when they tested two brand-new toothbrushes.  One toothbrush tested positive for staphylococcus, a more common form of bacteria, while the other tested positive for a bacillus, similar to the E. coli germ. So, the next time your child has strep throat, forgo the trip to the drugstore for a new toothbrush and stick with the old one. You may be better off that way.


The China Bird Flu

The H7N9 virus, more commonly known as the ‘bird flu’, has continued to spread. China reported earlier this week that the total number of infected people rose to 130 while the death toll is 35. There is no current evidence that human-to-human transmission is possible and Xinhua, a major Chinese news source, has said that 57 of those infected have recovered. The only case cited outside of China is an individual who is in Taiwan, but recently traveled to China. The U.S. government is wasting no time and looking into developing a vaccine for the virus. If it starts to spread at a rapid rate, they want to be ready.

If you or someone you know is traveling to the region soon, public health officials advise to practice common hygiene and limited contact with birds. This is especially important because the infected birds do not necessarily display symptoms and do not look sick. If you know someone who just returned from the region and feels ill, they should see a doctor and immediately tested for the flu.


Sucking on your baby’s pacifier may help protect them from allergies & more

Parents understand it’s a minor catastrophe when their baby’s pacifier falls to the floor and there’s nowhere nearby to sanitize it. Instead of putting the pacifier in boiling water or washing it in the sink, studies are finding that parents should consider sucking it ‘clean’ in their own mouths. A study done in Sweden showed that babies whose parents sucked on their pacifiers were three times less likely to get eczema than those whose parents washed or boiled their pacifiers. The study also showed that these babies are less likely to get asthma later in life. It’s a small study, but could lead to greater discoveries in the future. It also provides an alternative to cleaning pacifiers when the normal methods are not available. What are your thoughts? Would you suck your baby’s pacifier clean?

Where are Germs Hiding in Your Home?

We know germs are everywhere, but they tend to favor some areas of your home more than others. These are areas that usually see high traffic or are around objects that could harm your family or yourself long term. So while you’re spring cleaning, make sure to keep these at the top of your list of places and areas to clean.



The vegetable and meat compartments in your refrigerator are two places that tend to harbor many unwanted germs.  Most of the time, the food placed in there is covered in germs from the supermarket, your hands, and anything else it came in contact with before it came to your kitchen.  Those germs then transfer to those drawers and also mix with the germs left in there from last time. Make sure to clean out the drawers completely and if they can be removed, put them into the dishwasher for the best overall cleaning.


Sponge or Rag

Two other items that are friendly homes for germs are your kitchen sponge or rag. Studies have found that about a third of all household sponges contain E-coli on them. Not something we really want to clean our plates, silverware or glassware with in the future. The good news, sponges and rags are easy to clean or replace. Placing them in the dishwasher or washing machine help kill many of those harmful germs and can extend their useful life as well. But, if you’re ever in doubt, grab a brand new one every couple weeks to ensure that the germ build up isn’t too great.


Coffee Table

Most people after work like to put their feet up and relax after a long day, but how often does the coffee table get the deep cleaning it needs? We’re never completely sure what our shoes encounter during the day, so it’s best to take them off at the door and give the coffee table a bit of a break. When spring cleaning, don’t forget to give it a good wipe down to prevent germs from your shoes, magazines, books, and anything else that makes it onto the table from hanging around for too long.


Reusable Items

We’re all for going green, but things, such as your grocery bag, yoga mat, gym bag and anything that is frequently used rarely gets the cleaning it deserves. Make sure they get a good clean out every once and a while to ensure that germs or something else doesn’t grow too much in them. This especially goes for your reusable grocery bags. With all the different kind of food it sees, it’s best practice to wash them after every grocery run to ensure no germs are transferred from one food to another.


The best defense you have against germs is good hygiene and making sure the places around you are clean too. If you have any questions about proper cleaning or any other places to be on the look out for, comment below. We’ll answer them the best way we can!


The Qore-24 Difference

Why would you ever want to switch from using the current alcohol based hand sanitizer you have to Qore-24? We have a whole 24 reasons why you should make the switch to Qore-24 today.


  1. Qore-24 Hand Purifier is the world’s first and only hand purifier that offers instant disinfection, and 24 hours of continuous protection against germs.
  2. The secret to Qore-24 is Amosil-Q, an antimicrobial barrier that safely kills germs for a full 24 hours.
  3. Remains active through as many as 10 hand washings!
  4. Moisturizes skin rather than drying or chapping your skin like hand sanitizers can.
  5. One application of Qore-24 delivers the same protection as an alcohol-based sanitizer applied every 30 seconds or 2,880 times a day.
  6. Tears germs apart instead of using harsh poisons that can leach off.
  7. Puts an end to skin-to-skin transfer of germs.
  8. Easy, clean, and quick spray application.
  9. Colorless liquid that is invisible on application and will not stain skin or clothing.

10. Even after Qore-24 dries, it still remains active for 24 hours.

11. Effective against bacteria, fungus, and viruses including MRSA, VRE, C.dIFF, Influenza, HIV, and H1N1.

12. Our smallest bottle, 10ML, has 110 sprays while our largest bottle, 8oz, can have up to 2,640 sprays.

13. It’s non-toxic so can be used on all ages, even your little ones.

14. You will never see any videos of Qore-24 catching on fire because it’s non-flammable.

15. Alcohol-based sanitizers only protects for 30 seconds while Qore-24 protects for a continuous 24 hours.

16. Gel sanitizers leave a biofilm on skin surfaces that actually trap dirt & foster the growth of germs and bacteria. Qore-24 doesn’t.

17. Not harmful for human or animal cells.

18. Not alcohol-based, so no chance of alcohol poisoning if accidentally ingested.

19. It works on surfaces as well, including your cell phone, keyboard and any other frequently used items.

20. It comes in both spray and wipe form for your convenience.

21. Have we mentioned it works for a full 24 hours to fight of bacteria, viruses, and germs?

22. It comes in many different sizes, including different PaQs, perfect for your family, classroom, office, or anywhere else.

23. The shelf life of any bottle is 10 years! But we have no doubt you’ll use it all before then.

24. People can use at least a gallon of water a day washing their hands. One spray of Qore-24 saves time, money and worry.

Hand Purifier, Not Hand Sanitizer

The best hand sanitizer isn’t a hand sanitizer. It’s Qore-24.

It might sound like something from the Jetsons, but Qore-24 isn’t from the future. It’s here ─ now! Better than alcohol based anti-bacterial gel which can be harmful if ingested, Qore-24 is a non-toxic hand purifier. Applied once a day, it sets up microscopic “spikes” on your hands, killing any harmful bacteria that you come in contact with. It continues to work through ten hand washings, and won’t dry out your hands. Use it all winter long to protect from cold and flu and other seasonal germs.

“What most people don’t realize is that alcohol-based anti bacterial gels are only effective for 30 seconds. After their initial kill, they no longer continue to work. Qore-24 has a more effective initial kill than traditional alcohol based hand sanitizers and offers the persistence of 24 hour protection at 99.99%,” says Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, William Peterson III.

“When you think of how far technology has come, it’s hard to believe that we are still using alcohol ─ the same technology that we used a century ago ─ to kill bacteria. I think people are ready for a revolution,” Peterson says.

Qore-24 is just that ─ a revolutionary new hand purifier. The first alcohol-free, non-toxic, anti-microbial barrier that purifies on contact and continues working all day.

Cover Your Cough

Cover Your Cough

We’ve all heard mom say, “Cover your cough!” but now, the Center for Disease Control is saying it. “Influenza (flu) and other serious respiratory illnesses like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.”  To help stop the spread of germs the CDC recommends that you “cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.”

Want an added line of defense to protect you from the cold and flu? Before you cover your cough, cover your hands with Qore-24 Antimicrobial Hand Purifier. The technology in Qore24 actually shreds germs on contact and continues to do so for 24 hour protection. Here’s how it works: any germs that you come in contact with are electrostatically attracted to the active ingredient in Qore-24, Amosil-Q-. The Amosil-Q molecule then draws the germ down to its core where the germ is forced to implode and dies. You’re probably thinking, “What is Amosil-Q?”  Amosil-Q is a colorless, odorless, positively charged, self-assembling nano-polymer that effectively shreds bacteria, fungus, mold and viruses on contact. It chemically bonds to the treated surface− your hands for example. You could think of it as a layer of electrically charged “spikes” or “swords” that kills bacteria. Unlike traditional antibacterial hand sanitizer, Amosil-Q is the only safe, pure, effective choice for persistent protection from disease. With just one application, you’re protected from millions of germs for a full 24 hours.

Sound complicated? Just know that Qore-24 has your cough covered.

Be Flu-Free!

Qore24 kills the flu virus on contact and keeps protecting you for 24 hours! That’s good news because this year’s cold and flu season is approaching fast and furious. Be Flu Free with Qore-24. The 2013 season is predicted to have a lot of cases. Protect yourself and use a skin purifier that will eliminate the virus and provide you with peace of mind.

The 2013 flu season is one of the worst. According to the CDC the number of states now reporting widespread flu activity doubled to eight in the past week. Don’t be a statistic: buy your Qore24 today!

To learn more about the unusually early flu season and how it compares to prior years. This year is different.  Learn More >>

Get Your Qore24: Flu Season is Starting Early

Early Flu Season

Flu season in the U.S.  is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade — and it could be a bad one. Health officials on Monday said suspected flu cases have jumped in five Southern states, and the primary strain circulating tends to make people sicker than other types. Make sure you are not a statistic. FInd peace of mind and avoid getting sick.

It is particularly hard on the elderly.

“It looks like it’s shaping up to be a bad flu season, but only time will tell,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It could be a long flu season since it is starting early.

Our advice? Get your Qore24 and stay Healthy this cold and flu season! Use a hand purifier and kill viruses for 24 hours with Qore-24.