While bidets are commonly used in some parts of the world like Italy, France, and Japan, the word is bound to elicit confused looks in other parts of the globe where bidets are toilet fixtures that are to be curious about.
Understandably, if you come across one in your travels abroad and even if you know it by name already, how to use a bidet sprayer is a legit question that you might be too embarrassed to ask. So, here’s your cheat sheet 🙂
First things first, what are bidets for?
Bidets are primarily used when you find toilet paper not enough to do the job and when a shower is an overkill. They produce jets of water so you can conveniently and thoroughly clean yourself up when you go No.1 and No. 2. Some people use it only when they go No. 2; whereas, others use it in both cases. It is also particularly useful for women when they are having their period.
Other than for genital and anal cleanup, some people use the bidet to wash their feet. As you would deduce in the next section, not all bidets are designed to support this function.
Aside from regular folks, babies, the elderly, hemorrhoid patients, and pregnant or post-partum moms can significantly benefit from bidets.
What are the different kinds of bidets?
There are four kinds of bidet:
As the name implies, it’s a separate plumbing fixture. It is a cross between a toilet bowl and a sink. The standalone bidet is low-lying and has one to three water taps.
This is a hand-held nozzle, which shares water line connection with your toilet bowl. The nozzle rests on a dedicated holder when not in use.
Toilet seat bidet
These are toilet seats that double as bidets. The advanced ones allow you to control water pressure and temperature and may even have warm air dryers.
Portable bidet sprayer
Either manual or automatic, these bidet sprayers are great for those who love using bidets and want to have 24/7 access to them wherever they go.
Why do some people use bidets?
Cleaner and fresher feeling
A bidet is a great tool to have that fresh-from-the-shower feels—at least, down there—every time you step out of the washroom. It’s a great alternative to toilet paper, which is known to contain harmful chemicals that can cause cancer and infertility, among others. Bidets also lower your chances of incurring urinary tract infections, vaginitis, and more.
Whether you choose to clean your bottom or other private rooms using a bidet only or do half and half with toilet paper, you significantly reduce your carbon footprint. On an average, a tissue-paper person consumes 57 sheets of the roll in one day. That’s 100 rolls of toilet paper per year. And the saddest part is that it takes 384 trees to make a single person’s lifetime supply of toilet paper.
So, you can just imagine how many trees are saved even if you just go half-and-half with your bidet and toilet paper use.
Based on the figures above, the use of bidets will also save you money. Bidets will only require you to use a small amount of water. On an average, a single person will spend around $55 on toilet paper. So, if you’re a household of three or five, just imagine how much money you’ll save up in a year.
Now, for the Question on How to use a Bidet Sprayer?
Whether you are working with a standalone, shower, toilet seat, or portable bidet, the principle around how to use it is the same. You direct the jet of water on the area that you are cleaning up. For this section, we’ll focus on how to use a bidet sprayer—the portable kind.
As there are different kinds of bidets, there are also different designs for the portable bidets. There are two kinds: the manual and electronic type.
For the manual portable bidet sprayer, you just need to place your finger on the air vent at the bottom and fill the bottle up. Using one hand only, hold the container in an inverted position with a finger still covering the air vent. When you lift your finger from the air vent, water will start to flow.
To increase pressure, adjust your squeeze on the bottle. Next, position it to hit the right spots—either in front of your genital area or behind your anus. Wash the area with soap using your other hand. Then, pat dry with a tissue or a towel.
For the automatic or battery-powered portable bidet sprayer, you operate it in the same as you would the manual one: Fill the bottle, aim, wash, and pat dry.
The difference is that you don’t need to put your finger on the air event during operation. Plus, to adjust the water pressure, you just press applicable buttons instead of squeezing the bottle.
In both types of portable bidet sprayers, it is recommended that you practice and see the angle the water comes out before the real need to use it arises.
Tips on using a bidet sprayer:
When you decide to switch from using tissue paper to bidet or do half-and-half, here are a few things you need to remember:
- Keep articles of clothing safe from water sprays and spills. You wouldn’t want water on your clothes. So, remove your underwear and pants or skirts and hang them safely on a towel hanger, or find whatever workaround. The goal is to step out of the washroom clean, fresh, and dry.
- Have a separate soap and towel set for bidet use. Soap and towel are used in conjunction with bidets. Soap for cleaning and towel for drying yourself afterward. At home, have a different towel for that purpose. Also, have a different soap by the sink for hand washing.
I hope this article has helped unravel the mystery of using a bidet sprayer. More importantly, may it encourage you to make a full or half-and-half switch to bidets. Give it a try; you might just love it!