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Not only are bidets sanitary, but they are better for the Environment, for your health, and mental well-being. Four bidet types exist on the market, and they are all sanitary. Plus, they help fight infections caused by bacteria as well as prevent vaginal and urinary tract infections.
But what is a bidet, and how does it work? Let me put my poop guru hat on! I will walk you through the magical world of buttock cleaning for the higher good.
What Is A Bidet?
A Bidet is a plumbing fixture you add to your toilet. Depending on the bidet type, it sprays or directs water to your bottom. Mainly, it is popular in Europe, Japan, the Middle East, and some South-American countries. But it has been around since the 1700s.
As mentioned, the term bidet identifies four different tools with the same purpose:
- Stand-alone bidets have the original design, the freestanding fixture with a hot/cold faucet.
- Bidet attachments. In general, the device you usually find in American and Japanese toilets-The one that goes underneath the toilet seat. For clarity, the bidet feature sprays the rear in a fixed manner.
- Handheld bidet sprayers are not different than a shower head on a hose. As you might imagine, they work in the same way, too.
- Toilet bidet combos offer one-stop rear cleaning with a device similar to a bidet attachment. Varying designs may provide different ways of use.
Whenever you hear people praising bidets, they are usually talking about the first, original models. Let's see why.
Why Are Bidets Sanitary?
Bidet help with cleanliness. Let me use a quick example to explain. And while we are at it, recall a time you got a sticky substance on your hands. Maybe, it was strawberry jam or chocolate spread.
What happens when you use a paper towel to clean your messy hand?
If you had just a tiny drop of jam or chocolate spread, you would feel the hand a little bit sticky. But it would be tolerable. However, your hand would not be clean until you wash and rinse it with soap. Now, imagine having half of your hand dirty. No matter how many paper towels you are going to waste on it, it will remain sticky.
You see, our bodies somehow manage not to bother us when our rears get messy. But until you clean those cheeks with soap and water, you will remain dirty. For most people, that time only comes when they shower.
A bidet puts a stop to such a nonsensical approach to cleanliness and hygiene.
Almost Unbelievable Pros Of Bidetting
Before you find out how using a bidet can combat climate change, here are the pros of bidetting regularly and correctly:
- Fewer rectum and hemorrhoid issues.
- Less toilet paper means more money for your hobbies or retirement fund.
- Underpants remain spotless, comfortable, and last longer, too!
- Water and soap cause no irritation, redness, or itchiness. (This one is for all the wet wipe users out there.)
- You always feel clean down below all the time.
- You can tailor the bidet to the way you want it.
If you are looking for another way to help the climate, get a bidet. Why? Because using a bidet can save up to 384 trees per person.
Also, you consume less water. When producing those extra toilet papers, factories use a lot of water. (Almost 37 gallons of water per toilet paper roll VS 1/8th of a gallon for a backdoor wash.)
How To Use A Bidet Correctly
People who wonder if bidets are sanitary do not usually know how to use them. Or, more precisely, how to use them correctly. For there is more than one way to wash your body while doing more harm than good.
First of all, you need two essential tools:
- Gentle liquid soap. (If you cannot find one, body wash is usually the best alternative for temporary use.)
- A clean 100% cotton towel per individual (to be used for no more than three to five days straight, depending on the frequency of use.)
In most European countries, the towels for bidetting have a specific name. Their sizes varies from 19.69 x 11.81 inches (30x50 cm) to 19.69 x 15.75 inches (40×50 cm).
Letting a water jet or spray wash away some of your poop will not do you good. This is why the original bidet model is superior to the rest.
Debunking The Myth Of Zero Toilet Paper Wastage
Most Europeans still use some toilet paper to take away the excess filth. But you do not have to go crazy either because you will wash everything off anyway. I guess it is just a matter of how gross you do or do not want the cleaning to get.
The best way to use a bidet is to sit with the faucet in front of you. Then, you put the gentle liquid soap on your hand and start smearing the soap. You use the other hand to control the hot/cold water.
Women should avoid motioning from the back to the front to prevent germs from moving from the back to the front door, which will cause infections.
Also, go easy on the hot water. You do not want to splash boiling water on yourself.
At first, it may require some coordination. But it is a simple task that only requires some first-hand experience. Cleaning it all is a delightful sensation that clears your mind and makes you feel happy. Plus, it is more practical than taking a shower every time you poop.
The Bottom Line: Are Bidets Sanitary For Real?
Yes, bidets are sanitary. There is no question about it.
Even though in some countries there are people that use only water to wash their rears, the usage remains the same. And in the end, water and soap are way better than chemicals that cause rashes and other health issues.
If you install a stand-alone bidet, the many benefits include relaxing footbaths and waist-level bucket holding. And if you install one of the other types, you will experience a better approach to bathroom hygiene that will likely expand your mind.
So now you are inspired why not view some of our articles on interior home design to really get your creativity flowing. We cover plenty of rooms within the home such as home offices, living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms!