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Would You Use a Bidet?

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Would You Use a Bidet?

By Linda Merrill, Networx

Most Americans have only seen a bidet (derived from the French word for pony) in hotel rooms in Europe and other parts of the world.  Likely as not, most of those travelers did not actually give it a “test ride.”  It’s not clear why the bidet isn’t as popular in America or Britain as it is in other parts of the world; however, many high-end hotels do install bidets for the comfort of their international guests.

Pro-bidet communities feel it’s the ultimate in cleanliness and sanitation and foe-bidet forces believe it to be less sanitary than the standard use of toilet paper.

Interestingly, it’s the environment that is bringing the bidet into more common usage, and the use is apparently growing. According to, “We use 36.5 billions rolls of toilet paper in the U.S. each year, this represents at least 15 million trees pulped. This also involves 473,587,500,000 gallons of water to produce the paper and 253,000 tons of chlorine for bleaching purposes. The manufacturing process requires about 17.3 terawatts of electricity annually. Also, there is the energy and materials involved in packaging and transporting the toilet paper to households across the country.”

One might ask if the extra water used by a bidet is environmentally worthwhile, however, the numbers above seem to answer that question.  It appears to be an ecologically-sound bathroom renovation choice.

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10:25AM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

I have used them and also a Hand Bidet Sprayer which is superior. A Hand Bidet Sprayer is far better than a traditional bidet or even the more modern bidet toilet seat. Besides costing little it requires no new plumbing and it does a better job cleaning because it provides greater water flow and control of where it sprays. It also makes cleaning the toilet itself a breeze. See

2:46PM PST on Jan 24, 2013

Huh ??? How is a bidet "nasty" ? it's way cleaner than toilet paper!

6:52PM PST on Jan 14, 2013


11:45AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:01PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Gladly noted-thanks

9:20AM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

I lived in Europe for many years and used a bidet all the time. It was fantastic, and I wish I had one now. I'm amazed about the comment that it was "nasty"! It's WATER, and is much cleaner than using toilet paper.

8:41PM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

i would totally use one but i never have

12:42PM PDT on Jul 6, 2011


9:18AM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

My Toto toilet is also a bidet and I love it so much. Plus, I love the heated seat. Once you have the help of water to keep clean, it is hard to go back. Children have used my toilets and loved them. Boys usually go tell their parents. Funny.

9:59AM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Thank you

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