Every year, the average American home consumes over 400 rolls of toilet paper. Not only does this generate a lot of paper trash, but it also consumes a lot of water. This is when bidets come into play.

Bidets were first used to promote improved hygiene in France in the 1600s. They were bowls that were placed near chamber pots and were used after people relieved themselves in the pot. Because of the straddling posture, one would assume when utilizing it, the term “bidet” derives from an old French word for “pony.”

Today’s bidets are low-mounted versions of sinks or plumbing fixtures that are an essential component of contemporary European bathrooms (in some countries, it is required by law to be next to the toilet for sanitation purposes). There are primarily three types of bidets, which work similarly to toilet paper by using a stream of water:

Standalone Bidet. These are usually positioned alongside the toilet. After using the toilet, a person proceeds to the bidet to clean up. Aside from the contemporary plumbing, this is most reminiscent of a 17th-century bidet.

Built-in Bidets. Because small bathrooms can’t fit a toilet and a bidet, many toilets feature built-in bidet fixtures that fit over the toilet rim or seat (there are also add-ons that can be purchased separately). These bidets function similarly to freestanding bidets, however, the user does not need to transfer to a different fixture for cleaning.

Handheld Bidet. This bidet is mounted on the wall and must be operated manually, similar to a handheld showerhead.

While using a bidet may appear difficult to first-time users, it is actually extremely simple, and most include temperature and pressure adjustment for extra personal comfort.

Advantages of Using a Bidet

It Saves the Natural Resource

A bidet may be a smart alternative if you have access to running water and are concerned about the environment. However, if you live in a dry area or dislike using paper items such as toilet paper, you may replace it with a bidet. You’ll use less toilet paper, which saves even more resources. You won’t waste any water or energy if you have a bidet in your bathroom; it cuts the usage of toilet paper by 75%. Users report using 75 percent less toilet paper than non-users. This minimizes their demand for toilet paper manufacture and disposal, as well as their use of resources like wood and plastic.

It’s Safer to Use

A bidet is also safer since it lacks abrasive chemicals that can harm the skin. This may appear to be a little advantage, but if you are worried about the condition of your skin, a quality bidet can help. It can help you with your periods and lessen your blood flow. When compared to the usual toilet paper approach, using a bidet lowers bacteria exposure in sensitive regions.

Hygiene Purposes

Personal hygiene can be improved by using a bidet. Some parts cannot be adequately cleaned with regular toilet paper. Furthermore, toilet paper can irritate the skin and leave a residue that can serve as a breeding ground for bacteria. Using a bidet removes the need to wipe and decreases the transmission of germs. While no scientific studies have been undertaken to evaluate whether utilizing a bi-directional shower head can benefit you, proper cleaning will reduce these hazards.

To reduce the risk of infection, users should thoroughly cleanse their hands before using the bidet. To properly use a bidet, make sure the water is directed in the appropriate direction, from front to back. Whether the bidet is safe or not, it is still necessary to cleanse the affected area before and after using it.

Bidets Usage during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, a shortage of toilet paper and the consequent concern led to an increase in bidet purchases across the country.

Despite this increase, bidet use in American households remains relatively low. Bespoke Surgical conducted a survey among 3,600 Americans to determine their current feelings towards the fixtures. Only 12% of Americans have access to a bidet at home; but, are they inclined to get one in the future? The study indicated that the great majority of respondents were likely to buy a bidet at some time, with only 11% stating they were unlikely to do so.

Bidets were considered by Americans for a number of reasons, including:

  • 88% of respondents said they would use a bidet to feel cleaner.
  • 75% of respondents said they would use a bidet for health and hygiene benefits.
  • 68% of respondents would use a bidet for its eco-friendliness.
  • 66% of respondents would use a bidet to save money from purchasing toilet paper

According to the survey, the most essential aspects to consider when choosing a bidet are ease of installation, good ratings, design, environmental friendliness, and affordability. People indicated the most significant features they would seek are a self-cleaning nozzle, adjustable water temperature, adjustable water pressure, heated seats, and knob design.

Increasing Usage of Bidets in the U.S. and Providing Better Plumbing Solutions

Despite their potential health, environmental, and financial benefits, bidets are still uncommon in American households. The tide, though, may be changing. Caccia Plumbing will help you whether you have a bidet, are thinking about getting one, or are experiencing plumbing issues with your bidet or standard toilet bowl. We provide routine plumbing maintenance as well as emergency plumbing repairs to keep your property functioning smoothly all year.