Let’s see, you’re traveling in southern Europe, the Middle East, South America, or southeast Asia and you have just made your acquaintance with an extra ‘toilet bowl’ called a bidet. “Can you poop in a bidet?”, “What’s the towel for?” and some other questions are running in your mind, but you’ve decided to play it cool.
Thankfully, you’ve stumbled upon this article to help you understand that curious bathroom fixture right in front of you. But before we answer your questions, it’s important to know the whole bidet family so that you can be guided accordingly.
What Are the Different Kinds of Bidets?
There are four kinds of bidet:
- Standalone bidet
If you have in front of you what seems to be a cross between a sink and a toilet bowl with separate plumbing, then it’s highly probable you have a standalone bidet. You should find at the other end one to three faucets. Traditional ones are floor-mounted bidets; whereas, modern bidets may be wall-mounted.
- Toilet seat bidet
As the name implies, they are toilet attachments. You should find some dials or buttons on the side of the toilet seat to control water pressure and temperature and may even be equipped with a warm air drying function. These are ideal for limited bathroom spaces.
- Bidet shower
Another space-saving bidet contraption is the bidet shower. It’s also called a handheld bidet or a Shattaf. It’s a hose connected to the toilet bowl, and it has a nozzle where water comes out. You position it in front of your private part or at the back facing your bottom to clean after yourself after going No.1 or No.2.
- Portable bidet sprayer
Now, if it’s a small device, the size of a water bottle or a travel mug with a foldable stick at the top, then that’s an electric or manual irrigator. The chances are that is someone’s portable bidet sprayer. Keep your hands off!
So, Can You Poop in a Bidet?
Yes and no. If you have a toilet seat bidet, then yes, because it’s sitting atop a toilet bowl that’s capable of flushing your poo. But if it’s a standalone bidet, then please don’t defecate or even pee and throw your tissue in it. Otherwise, much to your embarrassment, you’ll be asking some poor person—or heaven forbid, the host—to deal with the clogged drain of the bidet. The floor or wall-mounted bidet is specifically for washing your private part or your behind after you’ve used the toilet.
If you’re not completely comfortable with the bidet, then you can stick to using the toilet bowl and finishing off with tissue paper.
How to Use a Bidet?
If you want to give it a try, then here are the basic steps how:
Step 1: Finish your deed in the toilet and wipe your rear with tissue.
Step 2: Transfer to the bidet. Straddle it or sit on it in the same way you did on the toilet.
Step 3: Turn on the faucet and freshen up your underside with the water and soap that’s likely nearby.
Step 4: Pat your nether region dry with a towel or with tissue paper.
Pro tip: Before you use the bidet, tinker with the faucets or controls so that you get to know how it works, what angle the water comes out of the fixture, and how strong the water is.
Some bidets have advanced features that you would also like to get acquainted with. There are those that can control water temperature, air-dry your underside, flush and close automatically, eliminate smell, and even play music!
If you take time to know the fixture you have in front of you, then when the need arises, you already have an idea how to give yourself a good cleaning in it, and nothing will catch you unawares. Not the warm water that squirts out of nowhere and that might get you wet in the wrong places and not even the bidet music. Then, you can thoroughly enjoy your bidet experience!
And, of course, remember to remove articles of clothing which can get wet and restrict movement. The point of using the bidet is so that you can step out of the bathroom fresh and clean.
Where’s the Bidet Towel?
If you’re staying with a family with such bathroom accommodations, then it’s best to learn about washroom arrangements regarding the use of the bidet. Some families have assigned color-coded towels for this purpose. Others provide guests with separate towels for bathing, for the face, and for bidet use.
So it’s best not to make assumptions, especially regarding bidet towels. You might end up reaching for someone else’s bidet cloth! If you see a single towel between the sink and the bidet, then that may be a hand towel—or not. If in doubt, then just dry yourself with tissue paper and dispose of it in the bin, not the bidet.
If you’re in a hotel, then the towel sitting next to the bidet is the one you can use to dry yourself down there. Hotels with better accommodations are likely to have an air-dry function in the device. So, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Besides distinct towels for personal and hand use, there are also separate soaps for bidet and hand washing. Don’t mistake one for the other!
Why Use Bidets When You Have Tissue Paper or Wet Wipes?
Besides the fresh-from-the-shower feel you get, which you will have discovered when you try it, using water is supposedly a healthier way of cleaning your genitals and anus than chemical-laden tissue paper (TP) or wet wipes.
Using bidet is also more environment-friendly. A bidet can reduce tissue paper usage by 75% or more, especially if you have the bidet with air-dry function or if you use small towels in conjunction with this green bathroom contraption.
Additionally, reducing the use of tissue paper is good for the forests. Did you know that it takes 384 trees to make a TP-user’s lifetime supply of toilet paper? Also, if you have heard of fatbergs, then you will understand how flushing wet wipes contribute to its creation.
While bidets seem to cost more than tissue paper, you can break even already in under a year if you buy a simple handheld bidet sprayer.
We hope this article has saved your day and answered your question, “Can you poop in a bidet?” just in time and helped you get to know that not-so-strange bathroom fixture anymore. Now, you can really play it cool!