In the U.S. and Canada, using toilet paper is still the main method of cleaning oneself after using the toilet. However, in many European and Asian countries, trendy bidet attachments are a common sight in both public and private bathrooms.
While many Canadians are still not convinced of the magic of the bidet, there’s no denying that there are many advantages that bidets have over toilet paper and wipes, such as:
1. More hygienic means to clean
When you pee or poo on your arm, you wouldn’t use only toilet paper to clean yourself; you would use soap and water. Bidets spray water (some bidets even spray soapy water) to remove most, if not all, of the waste residue from your skin without having to get your hands near it. Needless to say, this manner of cleaning is much more hygienic and will leave you feeling cleaner than when wiping only.
Moreover, your hands are more prone to making contact with harmful bacteria when using toilet paper. With a bidet, your hands will be safer against germs from the toilet.
2. No more toilet paper
After installing a bidet in your home, you can limit your toilet paper use to drying your skin after washing with the bidet. It may not seem like much, but the cost of every pack of toilet paper saved definitely adds up and those savings can be used for the water consumption of the bidet instead. Aside from being more economical, using a bidet in your home is more eco-friendly, helping to prevent more trees from being cut down for toilet paper production.
3. No irritation or discomfort
Unless you use the softest kind of toilet paper (which can be pretty expensive), you’d probably already experienced the discomfort of having dry TP rubbing against your skin. This uncomfortable feeling is bad enough on a regular day, but when you have anal or rectal problems, the discomfort can be ten times worse.
A bidet does not cause this kind of discomfort since no rubbing against the skin happens. In fact, it can even help soothe irritation and reduce inflammation when you have anal conditions. Moreover, no toilet paper residue is left behind, which prevents itching and further irritation.
4. Better for people with limited movement
Bidets also make clean-up easier for people with limited movements, such as pregnant women and disabled individuals. Integrated bidets and bidet seats allow users to clean themselves with a push of a button or turn of a lever, while bidet attachments can be easily maneuvered with limited movement. This benefit also makes bidets a better choice for newly potty trained kids and the elderly.
5. Less clogging
Although most toilet paper can be flushed, there’s always a chance of a clog forming in your pipes. By reducing or eliminating your toilet paper usage, you can also reduce the chances of a plumbing problem occurring.
After knowing the benefits of using a bidet, you should be more than ready to ditch the toilet paper life. Now that you’re convinced, it’s time to find the right type of bidet to install in your bathrooms.