[Updated July 2020]
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 by many Americans and is probably the most misunderstood bathroom fixture this side of the Atlantic. It’s mostly ignorance many do not understand what a bidet is for or how to use a bidet.
Well, I think the bidet (bih-DAY) is awesome.
I always preach that just because something is different, it doesn’t mean it might not be better than what we are used to.
Why don’t Americans use bidets? 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.
What is a Bidet?
Definition: A low oval basin used for washing one’s genital and anal area.
For some reason, many Americans think this is gross.
Who wants clean genitalia? Well, I do. And a clean anus? Well, that’s just fantastic!
Typically, you use a bidet after using the toilet. It’s a better way of cleaning your genitals after you’ve gone to the bathroom.
Today, Bidets are finally growing in popularity in the United States. And while we still do not typically have separate bidet fixtures in our bathrooms, bidet attachments are catching on! This could be a separate toilet seat loaded with features and a water jet OR just a simple water jet attachment that you can attach under your toilet seat, that you can control to spray water on you for a clean bum.
I have personally installed this bidet attachment in my own bathroom and love it! The Luxe Bidet Neo 185, gets installed under your seat and connects to the fresh water line that fills the tank. It was super easy to install and comes with everything you need. It has a self-cleaning nozzle that washes itself off. Plus, it has two nozzles–one aimed right at your butt and then other a bit further up for women to wash their private parts. I feel so much cleaner and fresher!
Why Use a Bidet
Before judging it open your mind and learn how to use the bidet. 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? We’d have to get our whole body or just the lower half wet just to clean this small yet important area.
Instead we just wipe and wipe with dry paper or perhaps a moistened ‘wipe.’ Now isn’t that actually kind of gross? Wiping will never really clean you. To me, using the bidet with water and soap 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 the full bidet fixture 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?
How to Use a Bidet
I thought about making a demo video, but thought better of it.
As I said above, some bidets are standalone basins. Some are attachments as part of your toilet. You can also install a simple hand-held sprayer for rinsing off.
It’s very simple to use the bidet. It’s pretty much a low sink. You just sit down on it (you can face either way–facing front is easier if you are wearing pants, facing toward the faucets means it’s easier to control them). You turn on the water and adjust to get the temperature you like. You can simply rinse or use some soap and your hand or a washcloth and basically clean yourself just as you would in the shower. Then rinse off, grab a towel, dry off and voila clean and ready to face the world!
Here are some very simple Wiki instructions on using a bidet.
I use and recommend the Luxe Bidet Neo 185.
Here are others with high reviews:
Let’s hear it America – hip hip hooray for the bidet!
What do you think?
Need more bathroom tips? Check out this post on how to use the toilet in Japan!