1. Tammy
    April 27, 2018 @ 9:57 pm

    This is a subject I have wondered about for a long time, being from the south where we don’t really have bidets. I commend you on your creative content and thank you for being bold and brave enough to tackle it.

    Not sure I’d want to have one in my home as grandchildren might decide to have some creative play time in the new “tiny pool” … you just never know what they will come up with these days.



  2. kmv
    April 29, 2018 @ 12:14 am

    Thanks for the tips on how to dry off after using a bidet. We are getting ready to purchase a couple of portable bidet…and to be honest, we were not sure what happens after you clean everything up.

    It seems like a paper towel (not toilet paper) would be best, as it doesn’t fall apart when wet. Which got me wondering…is there any brand of toilet paper that is strong like a paper towel?

    My only concern with using two ply heavy duty tp is that we have a septic system…and too much of this stuff can cause problems. But then again, since you are just drying off, the paper towels or tp could just be tossed in the waste bin.

    Anyway, thanks for the helpful article!


    • Advance My House
      May 2, 2018 @ 2:31 am

      Hi, guys,

      We recommend using a specific towel strictly for drying or a good brand paper towel after using the bidet.

      Toilet paper brands which you can consider getting are Charmin Ultra Strong, Cottonelle Ultra ComfortCare or the Scott 1000. These are the strongest we see on the market.

      You shouldn’t have a problem with clogging your septic tank, just as long as you are using small quantities of TP, and of course, you could simply pat dry and dispose in a lined bathroom trash can.

      All the best as you get your new bidets.


  3. Wendy
    April 30, 2018 @ 10:18 pm

    Thank goodness you explained how to use a bidet. I think I would be totally lost. Boy, it sure seems like a lot of work just to go to the bathroom but just like anything else, I think people would get used to it. It does seem a bit intimidating though.


    • Lynette Daniels
      June 16, 2020 @ 4:43 pm

      You said using a towel to dry off was the best way. That sounds nasty! Do you leave it for the next person to use. Or keep a stack of towels for family & guests? Seems like a soft paper towel would work because they can be thrown in a trash can. There are some cheap ones that are soft to dry you bum. Still Sounds trashy!?


  4. Derek Marshall
    May 8, 2018 @ 12:00 pm


    Talking of Bidets which are actually quite common in Europe but not the UK. I was, when I immigrated to Asia confused in regards to the spray bidet more commonly known amongst expats as the bum gun..

    ..I actually thought the darn thing was for washing my feet, while a friend thought it was for cleaning the floor…

    I do actually prefer bidet now, much cleaner!


    • Advance My House
      May 9, 2018 @ 7:20 am

      That’s hilarious, Derek! LOL…

      In-fact, many people (especially in the western world) do get confused because they are not sure what bidet toilet seat really are.

      Well the good news is that we have provided a great explanation here. It’s a highly recommended read for you & anyone else who wants to know what a bidet toilet seat really is.

      Thanks for dropping by to leave your comment.


  5. spargop
    May 8, 2018 @ 12:05 pm

    Very good article and the first I’ve seen on the use of a bidet. I think they are a more hygienic way of going about things than the toilet paper method we seem so fond of in the west.
    An Asian chap once told me of his bemusement at our use of toilet paper in the west – ‘if you had chocolate around your mouth you’d wash it off, not smear it all over your face with paper’ – was his view, I think he had a point.
    The Japanese style automated toilets seem very good, have you encountered these? Heated seats I believe! Luxury!


  6. Tucker
    May 11, 2018 @ 3:23 pm

    Hi Jason!

    What a great topic for an article!! While I’ve never personally used a bidet (though I’ve been curious as to how exactly to do so properly) I’ve never even thought about drying methods once you are clean.

    I’ll admit that I had the same misconception that you mention in regards to a bidet leaving things a bit of a mess down there. But now I know more and feel more prepared for my next trip to Europe or Asia.



    • Advance My House
      May 15, 2018 @ 5:15 pm

      Hey Tucker. 

      It’s great to know that you have learned something valuable from the article.  Feel free to browse the site for more helpful advice. 



  7. Ha
    May 13, 2018 @ 11:44 pm

    Thank you for sharing how to dry after using a Bidet. Very neat and would be a great value to add to a remodeled bathroom. It’ll come in handy.

    I wonder if it is common or necessary to add a drain near the toilet as well for draining excess water from the bidet?


  8. Raoul
    May 12, 2019 @ 3:05 pm

    “Dry up”??? Don’t you think that “dry” by itself is good enough? What about “dry off,” “dry out,” “dry through,” “dry forward,” “dry back,” “dry forth,” or “dry down”?? Don’t be redundant. You don’t have to add meaningless, unnecessary words. Maybe you’re paid by the word.


    • Advance My House
      May 15, 2019 @ 5:36 am

      Hi Raoul,

      I see your point here and we have made some changes.

      Thanks for your contribution which helps us to improve.

      Kindest regards.


    • Katy
      November 22, 2019 @ 9:02 pm

      Raoul, how does the choice of wording hurt you? Seems a weird thing to get worked up over.


  9. Gurley Mann
    January 21, 2020 @ 7:33 pm

    Is it OK to drink from a Bidet cold water faucet?


  10. Bunny Braun
    February 27, 2020 @ 1:50 am

    I have never used a bidet; is the water cold? And if you are dripping water afterwards, what’s the point(if it doesn’t have a dryer)?


    • Advance My House
      February 28, 2020 @ 10:48 am

      Hi Bunny,

      Since there are different types of bidets, you’ll find that you can choose to use a towel to dry or an automatic dryer once it’s provided.

      You can always adjust the water settings to the temperature which suits you best.

      You have never used a bidet?! You definitely need to make that upgrade as soon as possible. Not only do they clean you much more effectively than toilet paper, but they are also more environmentally friendly.

      Check out our article on the best bidet toilet seats here.



  11. Rabaaoui
    March 7, 2020 @ 3:55 am

    I’ve been using a bidet for 20 yrs. Due to medical issues that can arise from type 2 diabetes .. Born & raised in North America. I highly recommend using a bidet ..I prefer the handheld bum gun lol
    More control over the targeted area being cleaned ..also when out & about using public restrooms I make a portable bidet out of a plastic bottle & use viva brand paper towels to dry off ..really absorbent & no mess or swampbutt left over ..


    • Advance My House
      March 7, 2020 @ 6:14 am

      Awesome. Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Rabaaoui!


    • Joan
      April 6, 2020 @ 5:52 pm

      As females are about half of the population (perhaps slightly more), and most people urinate several more times a day than they defecate, it’s a mystery why the most common use of a bidet would be cleaning up after the latter. Guided by the same simple math, certainly most toilet paper is used after urination, not after defecation.
      Otherwise, Raoul, thanks for an informative introduction to bidets.


  12. Sean
    March 25, 2020 @ 5:55 pm

    Thank you for this article.
    We are considering adding bidets to our toilets in response to the TP Drought of 2020 brought on by COVID-19. Everything makes sense to me except for one thing: Towels.
    If one elects to use cloth, how hygienic is that?
    How does one maintain towel hygiene?
    Need they be washed after every use?
    Should each family member have their own in each bathroom?
    I get that the easy towel solution is to use paper towels, but we’re also trying to limit paper usage in our house, so that answer conflicts with another concern.
    I appreciate any advice you can send my way.


    • Advance My House
      March 31, 2020 @ 1:49 am

      Hi, Sean, thanks for your questions.

      We suggest that each family member has their own private cloth towel in each bathroom if possible.

      You also want to make sure that these towels are being washed and sanitized properly.

      Because of the high demand of TP and paper towels in general, you can also consider getting a quality bidet with an automatic dryer.

      The KOHLER K-4108-0 Electric Bidet Toilet Seat is a great option to look at.

      You can also read our full review here.

      I hope this helps to answer your questions.

      And if you have any other questions, please feel free to reply here.

      Stay safe now.


  13. EDIE Gant
    January 29, 2021 @ 1:38 pm

    My sister has had a bidet for years. I hate it. I much prefer toilet paper and flushable wipes. The wipes do a great job and you don’t get so wet all over your butt. Stacking towels for every family member is just another job for me to worry with. Most people don’t “go” but once a day. Most people bathe daily. It seems silly to me. If you don’t like wipes you can clean the biggest mess with toilet paper, then use a wash cloth. Much to do about nothing. And yes, they are seen by children as a water toy.


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