Notice the shortage of toilet paper lately? Do you wish there was a better way? We recommend you learn all about bidets, their benefits, and how they can make any future pandemic a little easier.
What is a Bidet?
For those of you new to the area, a bidet is pronounced bi with a short “i” plus “day.” It sounds French because it is. The device itself is simple; it is essentially a shallow toilet that sprays water on your bottom after doing your business.
The process may sound strange, but the bidet is a preferable alternative to manual wiping in many cultures. The bidet is commonly used in many residential bathrooms across the globe in Europe, South America, and Asia. In Japan, over 70% of households contain a bidet, and when was the last time you saw filth in Japan? In some European countries, a bidet is required by law to be present in every bathroom containing a toilet bowl.
Bidets come with a ton of benefits including but not limited to:
1. Better Hygiene
Do you ever feel like you fully wiped? Does it take you two or three tries to get it right? A bidet can take care of that for you by literally doing the dirty work. Dry toilet paper can leave you unclean and can even leave some residue behind that is unsanitary. A bidet uses water to eliminate any residue left on you. Users report feeling refreshed and cleaned as opposed to feeling “wiped down” and still dirty in some way.
Also, a bidet is hands-free, allowing you to leave your hands free and clean no matter what just happened on the bidet.
2. Bidets are Better for the Environment
According to Fortune, Americans use three rolls of toilet paper per week. Factor in 330 million Americans, and the total comes to 51.48 billion rolls per year with each American using 156 rolls per year. Imagine cutting back on this just 10%. Additionally, the toilet paper manufacturing process requires large amounts of energy, water, packing, bleach, and more. A bidet greatly reduces the toilet paper we need when using the bathroom without sacrificing on cleanliness.
3. Bidets Can Alleviate Certain Conditions
There are all sorts of issues one can face when going to the bathroom that a bidet can help alleviate, ranging from urinary tract infections to hemorrhoids. A bidet that uses a warm water spray is a good alternative for those who experience bleeding when they wipe.
Millions of Americans live with hemorrhoids or are at risk of developing them. The most common patients include pregnant women and the elderly. Hemorrhoid patients who use a bidet report relief from the stream along with eliminating the need to wipe. A bidets warm water stream can also promote blood circulation in the skin around the hemorrhoids.