What is a bidet & how do you use it?
Warning: If you are squeamish or prude or don’t have genitalia, this post may offend you.
If you read the title as “big on bid-detz” then this is going to be a hard sales pitch. But hear me out.
The poor, little bidet. It gets a bad rap and is probably the most misunderstood bathroom fixture this side of the Atlantic.
Well, I think bidets (bih-DAYS) are awesome.
If you’ve been reading along here for awhile, you know that I do preach that just because something is different, it doesn’t mean it might not be better than what we are used to.
I know at first, many Americans think a bidet is ‘gross’ or dirty. But I am here to argue the opposite. Read and learn people.
Definition: A low oval basin used for washing one’s genital and anal area.
Ew, gross. Who wants clean genitalia? Well, I do. And a clean anus? Well, that’s just fantastic!
A bidet is used to clean your ‘delicates’ or ‘undercarriage’ in those times that maybe you aren’t feeling so fresh – maybe you’ve just had sex or yes, have your period, or even, for heaven’s sake, defecated (you dirty, dirty, waste-producing human!). You can shower – yes. But how many of us shower every single time we go to the bathroom?
Instead we just wipe and wipe with dry paper or perhaps a moistened ‘wipe’. Now isn’t that actually kind of gross? To me, using the bidet far surpasses using toilet paper from a hygiene standpoint.
How about a quick, mini-shower with soap and everything for your undercarriage? I say a resounding, ‘yes!’
How is this gross? Cleaning ourselves just as we would in the shower (assuming you do, crazily enough, touch yourself in the shower–sicko) in a bidet.
Despite the fact that some think it looks like a toilet, you must think of the bidet as a low sink or wash basin. There you would have soap and a towel to dry yourself just as you do in the shower.
Why has the bidet not caught-on yet in the United States? Why do most Italian households have bidets and think of us as gross since we don’t shower or wash every time we go to the toilet? Which do you think is cleaner? Wiping or washing?
I thought about making a demo video, but thought better of it. So instead here are some very simple Wiki instructions on using a bidet.
Let’s hear it America – hip hip hooray for the bidet!