With people going crazy over the coronavirus with toilet paper hoarding, I want to share an option that can really help save on that, and it totally works for our family. We can’t live without it! This post contains affiliate links.
Before we get started, I want to put a warning on this post that we are going to talk very frankly about pooping and menstrual periods, so you can see why I absolutely love having a bidet attachment installed on our toilets.
Most Americans think bidets are some crazy European thing, but I’m here to convince you how awesome they are. My husband convinced me, and I’ll admit I was totally reluctant. I thought he was crazy. Then, I tried it, and I am a total convert. In fact, I hate having to use the bathroom anywhere but home because I love that bidet so much.
In fact, we loved the first one so much, we put one in our guest bathroom, too. We even gave one to my parents for Christmas one year. My mom loved it so much, she bought another one for her second bathroom that’s even fancier.
10 Reasons Why YOU Need a Bidet
#1 You’ll use less toilet paper. Our family used to go through toilet paper like it was going out of style, but since putting bidets in both bathrooms, we’ve cut toilet paper use in half or even a third of what we used to use.
When you poop, you rinse everything off with the bidet and then only need one wipe. You will be amazed at how clean you feel after washing everything off with the bidet.
#2 No need to buy Flushable Wipes! Nowadays it’s very popular to buy those “flushable” wipes to get yourself extra clean. But, they are destroying the city plumbing because they are not as degradable as they lead you to believe. They are no good for the environment.
My teens loved using flushable wipes to feel extra clean after using the bathroom. But, now that they have a bidet in their bathroom, the wipes are not even missed.
#3 Less Clogging. Using straight water to clean your tush means less toilet paper and no more flushable wipes, your toilets will not clog nearly as much as they did.
#4 Feel Cleaner – Do you ever leave the bathroom and just don’t feel clean? A bidet makes you feel fresh every tim. Even when you’ve been sick and had a bad case of diarrhea, you’ll walk out of the bathroom feeling like you are completely clean.
#5 Hemorrhoids – It can be very painful to keep hemorrhoids clean. Bidets help with hemorrhoids by keeping the anal area much cleaner than toilet paper ever could, and in a much gentler way.
#6 Not so Fresh Feeling – Do you ever have that no so fresh feeling? Maybe you had surgery and can’t take a shower or bath? You might not have had time for a shower or maybe you and your partner were intimate. A bidet is an easy solution. It cleans everything so you feel fresh, and it helps remove any odors you’re worried about.
#7 Sitz Baths – If you are a new mom, you know what I’m talking about. They usually give you a little squirt bottle in the hospital and you have to fill it with water and clean yourself every time you go until you heal. And, this can last a long time.
With a bidet, you can easily and automatically give yourself a sitz bath with the turn of a switch. No more having to find that bottle or remember to fill it up.
#8 Menstrual Periods – The older you get, the heavier they tend to be. So by the time you’ve had a couple of babies, you just want a shower to clean everything up down there after even one day of bleeding. Heavy periods are the pits, and you just never feel clean during one.
I discovered a bidet was the perfect solution. Every time you use the bathroom, you can wash off everything and feel clean when you switch tampons or pads.
#9 Potty training. Your little ones will want to use the big potty and experience the bidet for themselves. The bidet is one thing that makes using the big potty so exciting for my 2 year old, who is currently in the middle of potty training.
She potties and then tells me she needs a cleaning. Then, we turn on the water and she loves it.
#10 Independence. This is true for both little kids and for elderly or disabled people. The bidet has a knob on the side of the toilet that you easily turn on and off.
My kids can do it by themselves and don’t need me to come help clean them up after a poop like they did before we had a bidet. People with mobility issues can have difficulty getting themselves clean after pooping, and a bidet makes it so much easier to keep themselves clean when they have difficultly reaching to wipe.
See how easy it is to install!
Do you need a new toilet for a bidet?
Absolutely NOT! You can purchase a cheap bidet that fits under the toilet seat for just about any toilet and the water line just attaches to the toilet water line easily. My husband is not the biggest handyman, and he had absolutely no trouble hooking up two of them. It took about 30 minutes the first time and even less the second time.
You can also buy a whole new toilet seat that is also a bidet that will fit with the water line on your toilet as well.
Do you need electricity to make the bidet work?
Nope! You don’t need electricity. They are completely mechanical. The nozzle is self cleaning, so it’s hidden where toilet splash can’t get to it. When you turn the knob, it comes down and the water pressure propels the spray. There are usually several settings from gentle to strong. Just make sure you are sitting down or that water will spray straight out of the toilet.
What is the difference in a Feminine and Masculine Bidet?
When we first got a bidet, it only had one spray setting, but there are spray settings that move the spray more forward (feminine) or back (masculine). I personally like the ones that have a variety of spray settings so you don’t have to wiggle around on the toilet seat to let it hit the right spots to get clean.
Hot Water Cold Water Bidet
Our bidet attachments are both cold water only. Before we had one, I was worried it would be too jarring with cold water, but it’s really not. It doesn’t feel extremely cold when I use it, even in the winter time. Even my sensory kid, who is jarred by many things, does not have a problem with the cold water bidet. She loves it, too.
After I gave my mom a bidet attachment that was cold water, she was a convert, too, but she wanted a warm water option on her bidet. My dad was able to hook up their bidet with a small hole in the side of their bathroom sink cabinet to hook it straight to the hot water line under the sink.
Avoid the panic! Get a bidet!
We’ve all seen the crazy Costco videos of people running the race to get the latest toilet paper. It’s crazy. Avoid that drama with a bidet!