Take them. Your toilet ejects droplets of water into the air you breathe every time you flush, anyway. After rinsing the pills and soaking them in alcohol, this won't increase your exposure to toilet germs by very much.

Thanks. I have just decided it's okay to take them, after reading through this discussion; I will report back if it turns out there was a virulent strain of toilet-virus on the pills.

I am also aware about that gross water-droplet ejection - I always put the lid down before I flush. It's this habit that I am proudest of communicating to my family...

Is it okay to take toilet-pills? / Rationality vs. the disgust factor

by Hul-Gil 1 min read25th Jul 201138 comments

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Well, I've a chance to prove my commitment to cold, hard rationality, unswayed by emotional concerns... I'm just not sure which route really is the more rational (assuming a desire to stay healthy).

In doubt as to the most logical course of action, I thought I'd get some LessWrongian input. To back up a bit and explain: I opened a pill bottle and was shaking one out into my hand, and since I'm a klutz the upshot was three pills in the (thankfully flushed) toilet. I fished them out, because these are three out of my last four pills; I take half a tablet a day, and don't get a refill until a week from now.

Now they're sitting on a dish in front of me, soaking for a few minutes in 91% isopropyl alcohol. Does LessWrong think they'll be okay to take? The alcohol should kill most germs, but I know it doesn't get all of them. What about viruses? Should I attempt to scrub the tablets to remove them? I've also always enjoyed informing my friends about various surfaces with more germs than toilet water (keyboard, phone), but that doesn't mean toilet water isn't horrifically toxic...

 

You decide. I promise to abide by the collective decision of LessWrong in this matter: should I take the toilet pills?