Thanks to the Covid pandemic and the resulting toilet paper shortages, most people have now not only heard of bidets, they have also considered investing in one. However, a lot of misinformation is still circulating regarding bidets and how they work. So, let’s clear up the most common bidet misconceptions.
First of all, bidets are not stand-alone units in your bathroom that require separate plumbing. That used to be true. So this rumor is based in fact. But those facts are outdated. Modern bidets are actually high-tech toilet seats that you can use in place of your current toilet seat. So you install them right on top of your existing toilet. You simply unscrew the bolts that hold in your current toilet seat, then follow the instructions to install your bidet seat. Different seats require slightly different installation methods, but almost all seats can be installed by yourself, no plumber required, in about 20 minutes. Modern bidet seats need to be plugged in so that they have the power to offer their amazing perks. As long as you have an outlet within a few feet of your toilet, you’ve got everything you need for your bidet to work.
Secondly, using a bidet is not uncomfortable. When you sit down on a bidet seat, it feels just like sitting on a regular toilet seat, unless you bought a bidet with the “heated seat” function. In that case, it will feel a million times better than a regular toilet seat. It’s easy to become addicted to the luxurious seat warmer feature! Regardless, sitting down to do your business will be “business as usual.” Some people worry that the water stream that sprays out of the nozzle to clean you after you go might be too strong and create discomfort. This is no more true than the idea that the water in your shower hurts your skin when you bathe. Just like when you shower, you can control the water pressure of your bidet. Many bidets offer multiple water pressure choices, so you can choose on a scale from a gentle, wide spray, to a strong, narrow spray. Even on the strongest wash setting, your bidet will never hurt your backside. It will merely clean you faster and more efficiently. That said, if you’re nervous about the water pressure, we recommend starting on a low water pressure setting until you become accustomed to bidet washes.
Third, people have been heard to wonder if a bidet will truly get them clean. Yes! Yes! Yes! This misconception is the one that has us most puzzled. Clinging to the notion that toilet paper wiping will get you cleaner than a bidet is like clinging to the notion that the world is flat. (Apologies to Flat Earthers and Toilet Paper lovers, but you’re mistaken!) Think about a few things: if you were changing a toddler’s diaper and some of the waste accidentally got on your hands, would you wipe it with a dry tissue? Or clean it in the sink? If you spilled orange juice on your arm, would you wipe it with a dry paper towel? Or rinse it? If you step in dog poop, do you use a dry napkin, or your hose to clean your shoe? You get the point. Over and over, you would choose water to clean yourself. But when it comes to your backside, you think dry paper does the trick. That line of reasoning doesn’t hold. Washing your sensitive areas with a bidet is not only the cleaner option, it is the more sanitary option. Further, the number one health risk involved with wiping is getting waste on your fingers and hands. Obviously, this fact is why we all wash our hands after using the restroom, but even still, there are times we don’t wash well enough, and the bacteria on our hands and fingers is then transferred onto household objects, doorknobs and more. Don’t believe us: just Google how many molecules of excrement can be found on cash! So it's nice that using a bidet can be a hands-free experience. Finally, on the point of cleanliness, keep in mind that the bidet nozzles aren’t just spraying willy-nilly. You position the nozzle precisely where you want it – so for example, if you want a front wash, you choose that. Likewise with a rear wash. You can pinpoint exactly where you want the water stream to wash you.
Hopefully reading this article has helped you better understand the truth about bidets. If you have further questions, please tool around our website, or give us a call. We’re here to help. We are passionate about the benefits bidets offer and we want you to be as well!