Health & Hygiene: myths and prejudices about bidets

The bidet is a fascinating contraption. It traces its origins in the 17th century, in the elegant homes of the upper echelons of French society. During those dark times regular showers weren’t so much an obligation as they were a luxury. However, the bidet stayed strong and helped people gain some semblance of hygiene. Sadly, it does not gain the appreciation it should today.

Too many people don’t want to use bidets, they are simply prejudiced. For this reason we have taken it upon ourselves to defend its good name. Below you can read about the myths and prejudices about bidets, and proof of why these are simply not true.

Bidets and hygiene don’t match

This is the most common misconception – that using a bidet is unsanitary. Namely, people believe that while there is some utility in bidets, nothing beats regular toilet paper. The thing is – what’s really unsanitary is the irritation you get by wiping yourself with tree shavings. And indeed, that’s what toilet paper is – mashed and cut trees.

A bidet will clean your private region much more thoroughly when compared to what you usually do. The water used is more sanitary than the irritation you get from toilet paper. It gently cleans your undercarriage minimizing any chance of infection or other issues. Furthermore, it will do wonders if you have issues like haemorrhoids, for example. Toilet paper just makes this much worse, but a bidet actually soothes the area. This goes double if you use cold water.

There is another element that understandably worries people, and that is the nozzle. Namely, they are afraid that these are simply not hygienic. Know that many bidets have a self-cleaning function for their nozzles. Those that don’t, however, are very easy to clean.

As a quick tip, know that you don’t have to use soap when using a bidet. In fact, you actually shouldn’t use it at all. Regularly using soap for your private areas can lead to dry skin. This can in turn lead to the occurrence of infections, anal fissures, inflammation…. It’s best if you just use warm water, and a gentle stream.

A nightmare to use

Bidets are very easy to use. Bidet in French means pony. The name reflects how you essentially straddle a bidet like you would ride a small horse. People seem to think that you will end up soaked to the gills when using a bidet. Luckily for you, the little jet there doesn’t have the power, nor the reach, to do something like that. Bidets are usually adjustable, so that they are comfortable for anyone who wants to use them.

Furthermore, they are comfortable in that they most often have adjustable temperatures and pressure settings. Many have special settings for dryers as well.


No expensive plumber, no bidet

Depending on how your bathroom is set up, most of the time you can install a bidet by yourself. Namely, you won’t need an expert, bidet-specialized plumber. You will just need to connect it with a standard GFCI outlet. Then, connect it to the toilet tank.

Installing high-quality washlet toilets doesn’t have to be a nightmare. No need to worry about pipes running through your walls and demolishing your bathroom. As long as you have enough space to maneuverer and get the connections right, you will be right as rain.

You’re flushing money down the drain

A common misconception is that you are wasting money when using a bidet. While the price of a certain bidet unit may vary, operational costs are low. First of all, you will use a lot less toilet paper. One wipe will be enough, and then you can let the bidet handle the rest. Furthermore, it’s inevitable that your toilet will clog from time to time. This most often happens due to toilet paper build-up. With a bidet, you won’t have to use as much toilet paper. This means the chances of your toilet clogging will be greatly minimized.

Another, somewhat paradoxical, issue is the water bill. Too many people think that by using a bidet they will waste more water, and increase their bills. The thing is that while you will use more water for your bidet, you will use less water to flush the toilet. The bidet will take up some part of the work, you will not see a significant increase in your bills. In fact, there is a chance you may even save up some money.

Bidets are not environmentally friendly

We focused on just how much money bidets can help you save. What we neglected to mention is the fact that a bidet is good for the environment. First, you get toilet paper by cutting down a tree. Less toilet paper usage means fewer trees are being cut down. Furthermore, we mentioned the paradox of you saving water when using a bidet. Less water will be needed to flush because of minimized toilet paper usage. So you are saving money, and minimizing your environmental impact as well.


And there you have it folks, the truth behind bidets. Too many myths and prejudices centre on bidets, but we’re here to dispel them. They are not in fact a nightmare to use. In fact, they’re rather simple. Furthermore, they are much more hygienic than your regular routine. Best of all, a bidet is environmentally friendly, and it will save you some money in the long run. 

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