A lot of us aren’t familiar with the numerous bidet benefits that the rest of the world have grown up with. In fact, many of us aren’t familiar with the concept of bidets at all.
They’re just not a common thing in the West. But once you get past the weirdness of toilets that squirt water, you begin to see that bidets are a phenomenally smart idea.
So what a shame that many of us never get exposed to this way of conducting our business. For me, I was well into adulthood when I first encountered a bidet. It was during a business trip to Bangkok and I had used my free time to check out a fancy schmancy shopping mall.
Out of curiosity, I pressed a button in the toilet stall and was treated to a wonderful stream of warm water. Wow, I thought, and pressed another button. And I kid you not – a gentle breeze of scented air dried my nether regions while I sat and marveled how wonderful the world could be.
That experience sort of changed my life and once I got back, I couldn’t help but research into the many, many benefits of using bidets. I found a lot.
I also realized that a lot of the things we take for granted as the-way-things-are-meant-to-be are not really so. For example, did you know that toilet paper is actually only used by 25 to 30% of the world? Or that bidets – not toilet paper – have been an important part of daily hygiene in many countries across the globe for centuries?
And ultimately – toilet paper isn’t actually as necessary as we believe it to be. Especially when bidets outperform paper in oh, so many ways. How, you ask? Let me count the ways…
One of the biggest misconceptions about bidets is that they’re less hygienic than using toilet paper – which could not be further from the truth. Especially when you consider that just using toilet paper doesn’t actually take away all the residue left down there.
Water, by contrast, is far superior and much more effective at thoroughly cleansing your skin of fecal matter and other gunk.
Common misconceptions about bidet hygiene likely stemmed from the fact that initially bidets were used in brothels or post surgery, marking them as ‘unclean’.
Several studies published in the last decade have also attempted to bring down the bidets hygienic reputation, showing that public bidets will cause infections. While these claims may be true in areas that lack bidet education, many sources iterate that using a bidet properly will prevent infections.
Remember, a bidet is not meant to be used as a douche and one should always use it facing the correct way.
Fecal matter that’s transferred over from wiping onto your hands and not properly washed off can be a source of germs like Salmonella, E. coli, and norovirus and it can spread respiratory infections like adenovirus and hand-foot-mouth disease.
To put the matter into perspective: a single gram of human feces can contain one trillion germs. And when these germs get on hands and aren’t washed off, they can pass from person to person, spreading infectious diseases.
Using a hands-free bidet cuts down on the chance of germs being transmitted.
That’s right, using a bidet will likely aid in the prevention of premature labor.
It has already been proven since the late 80s that preterm births are often linked to unsafe hygiene practices and vaginal bacterial infections.
In a study done on around 2500 pregnant women, 15.8% of the ones who used a bidet had preterm births. When compared to those that did not use one, 16% gave birth prematurely.
While the difference is marginal, proper bathroom hygiene is still an important factor for pregnant women who wish to avoid premature labor!
Jokes aside, anal tension is a serious matter for many who suffer from constipation, severe anxiety, high blood pressure, prostatic cancer and worse.
The good news? Using a bidet helps to alleviate tension in the anal passage. The end result? A more relaxed bottom!
One thing we can all agree on is the fact that we’ve all got pretty sensitive skin down there. For some people with especially sensitive privates, even the softest toilet paper can be quite rough.
Contrary to popular belief, bidets are very gentle and will really help those who would otherwise find it painful to clean themselves.
So white, so clean, so fluffy – toilet paper projects an image of pure cleanliness. But appearances can be deceiving.
White toilet paper doesn’t get that way by itself – it gets transformed to that snow white color thanks to the chlorine and chlorine dioxide that’s used to bleach it. And that lovely, flower scent toilet paper’s got? That scent is comes from a synthetic, petrochemical source – not field flowers – and can contain phthalates, a group of chemicals linked to hormone imbalance and neurological problems.
Even recycled toilet paper isn’t completely toxin-free – the brown, eco-friendly stuff is known to contain at least a little BPA, the hormone disrupter linked to heart disease, cancer and infertility.
Considering we wipe our most intimate regions with toilet paper several times a day – it adds up. Quick.
Bidets, on the other, are just water. And that comes with all natural, chemical free benefits!
Those with Hemorroids or similar medical conditions will find a bidet far more comfortable to use than conventional toilet paper.
Other medical conditions can also benefit from bidet use, particularly ones that leave you weaker in the hands or arms. Instead of expending energy on wiping yourself, you need only press a button on the most modern bidets.
Not only will using bidets immensely benefit our environment, but it will save on the heavy expenses wagered towards deforestation and water sanitization.
Over and above this, bidets are actually cheap to install in your home! One can purchase and install a bidet attachment for less than $50 and use it for years and years.
A bidet has the potential to restore dignity to the elderly and the disabled, who often need a helping hand when going to the bathroom. Instead of having someone there to wipe up their mess, they can easily press a button using a bidet and do everything themselves .
Bidet designs also get more industrious and ergonomic by the year too, unlike archaic toilet paper that has remained the same for centuries.
Girls who have their menses will know just how uncomfortable and unhygienic it can feel. A bidet is a fantastic solution, ladies, providing sanitation each time you visit the bathroom. Walk away feeling fresh and move along with your day confidently!
Any good plumber will know that one of the leading causes of blockages in your pipes is due to toilet paper.
And that’s no surprise when you consider that the average American uses 50 pounds (23 kg) of tissue paper per year. Now multiply that by however many people live in your household and you can understand why toilets are so, very prone to clogging.
And it’s a real pain in the butt, isn’t it?
Unlike toilet paper, which does a wonderful job of clogging up toilets – bidets are pretty much clog-proof, even if you’re working with an older septic system.
Save on time, effort and money by installing a bidet in your home and avoiding these issue altogether!
Using a bidet instead of toilet paper actually saves water, regardless of how counterintuitive that sounds.
Toilet paper is one of the main contaminants in our collective waste as a species. Refuse facilities spend a large amount of water and other resources on separating out toilet paper from wastewater. Using a bidet and minimizing the amount of toilet paper required would allow for efficient waste water recycling.
Furthermore, reducing the amount of toilet paper made annually would cut down on the amount of water used to pulp trees.
In prospective studies done, scientists propose that the best eco-friendly buildings of the future will all be fitted with bidets as part of the plan to use our resources more wisely.
When one uses a bidet, one eliminates 90% of the toilet paper required to clean properly. Considering America alone uses 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper annually and that this results in the pulping of ±15 billion trees, a 90% reduction would be HUGE!
As we all should know, plants take carbon dioxide and convert it into oxygen. Trees are the largest plants on our planet and could be grown in large numbers to help save the environment in this regard.
If we use less toilet paper and cut down less trees, the air we breathe will automatically become cleaner! Not to mention the amount of ‘greenhouse gases’ that will decrease, giving the ozone layer a chance to repatriate itself and contributing towards global warming trends.
Clean air is becoming an increasing health hazard across the globe. Respiratory problems have sky rocketed in humanity since the beginning of the industrial revolution and having more trees around could be one way to help counteract this problem.
As you can see, bidets are far from an odd, unhygienic impracticality. They can actually boost everyone’s hygiene routine and vastly improve the quality of life for ourselves and our environment. No longer will you look down on these contraptions as being ‘unhygienic,’ but rather as being the cleanly environmental superheroes of the bathroom industry!