Chances are, if you're traveling to another country, you will come across a Bidet. You may also come across one within the United States, especially at higher end Hotel Chains or even at Bed and Breakfasts.

Some countries are especially known for having bidets: South Korea, Japan, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Lebanon, and India.

A bidet (pronounced "be-day") looks like a toilet but has warm-water jets for personal hygiene after you use the toilet. Bidets are normally situated near the toilet and are especially helpful to: people who are recovering from surgery; people who have physical disabilities; people with dexterity or other problems that limit their range of motion; people who have various medical conditions, such as hemorrhoids, diarrhea, dysentery, difficult bowel movements, or other ailments that involve the rectal or genital areas; people who have developmental disabilities, such as Down's Syndrome, mental retardation, autism, or cerebral palsy; men and women who want better hygiene before or after sexual activities; and women who want more effective feminine hygiene during monthly menstrual periods.

While your first encounter with a bidet can be a little daunting, they are actually very simple (and hygienic) to use. Here are a few easy steps to using a bidet.

Note: The last step (step:6)has a few videos on Bidet Usage along with helpful notes and tips.

Step 1: Using the toilet.

This step is self explanatory. To use a Bidet, one must first use the toilet. The purpose of the bidet is to help clean off after toilet use.
<p>BE CAREFUL! A woman is in danger of getting infected if using a wrong bidet type.</p>
<p><strong>ALL BIDETS ARE NOT THE SAME</strong></p><p> QUESTIONS YOU HAVE TO MAKE BEFORE BUYING A<br>BIDET</p><p> <br> Give special attention to sterilization process</p><p>1. Is there any<br>case that jet nozzle could touch user&rsquo;s body?</p><p>2. When the<br>selling company is talking about cleaning up of jet tube,does it mean<br>using disinfectant, or just plain water? </p><p>3. If they say<br>that cleaning is done every 24 hours,youl should have in mind that in the<br>meantime somebody could infect the flash nozzle. Even if you<br>inten to buy it for personal use, you never know what could happen in<br>future.Disinfection must be easy and at hand in any case and time..</p><p>4. How somebody<br>could manipulate the so many buttons, that couldn&rsquo;t, because of their place,<br>even see, especially when he has mobility problems?</p><p>5. How much time<br>is needed for the the hot(?) air to dry up the hairy region ?<br>Rememper here the area is not like your hands. </p><p>6. The water jet<br>is exactlyl or about vertical? (You know that a small change in angle could<br>send water at the wrong place).</p><p>7. Is the<br>apparatus satisfactorily functioning by a blind or a person having mobility<br>problem?</p><p>8. How somebody<br>could be sure that a curious child would not play with the buttons?</p><p>9. How often the<br>nozzle has to be cleaned up from water salts etc?</p><p>10. Why most<br>companies don't give guarrantee time more than 3 yrs?</p><p>11. Would you be<br>able to clean up the toilet cover with water?</p><p>12. Would it be as<br> effective as a bidet with vertical water jet?</p><p>13. If you intent<br>to add a toilet raiser, you should ask whether the bidet and the raiser<br>could be compined.You should also rememper that a non exactly vertical jet<br>is not working well in raised toilet. </p><p>14.Would the bidet be usable by a blind, or unable<br>person?</p><p>15.Maybe KO BIDET<br>(bidetdisbled.com) meets the above requirements.</p>
<p>Before taking those steps it is necessary to know about bidet types, theier characteristcs, advantages and disadvantages of each of them.</p><p> ADVANTAGES AND <br>DISADVANTAGES OF ALL BIDET TYPES</p><p> (Get knowing about<br>bidets) </p><p> THE STANDALONE TYPE <br></p><ul><br><li>Advantages <li>1.They can be used for other purposes<br>as well (washing feet etc).<li>2.They can produce (some types)<br>vertical water jet.<li>3.They have no<br>maintenance problems.<li>Disadvantages<li>1.They keeps place.<li>2.They are costly.<li>3.They make user to take awkward<br>standings, so it is necessary he hasn&rsquo;t any<br>mobility problem.<li>4.He must clean the basin from the<br>remains after the washing up.<li>5.Lower Clothes have to be taken out,<br>in order to prevent their wetting.<li>6.Occasionally hands need to be used.<li>7.They can&rsquo;t be used in public W.C<li> <br>ADD ON BIDETS<li>Advantages<li>1.They save place.<li>2.Many types are cheap.<li>3.They save time and effort and are<br>more comfortable.<li>4.They are helpful to elderly and<br>disabled.<li>5.They don&rsquo;t need (in most cases)<br>hands to get involved.<li>6.Some types offer additional services<br>(warm drying air, remote control, warm seat, music, etc).<li>7.Users don&rsquo;t need to clean the basin<br>after washing, as this task is done by tank&rsquo;s water.<li>8.They can be used in public W.C.<li>Disadvantages<li>1.Some have difficulties to get installed<br>to every type of bowls (others not).<li>2.Some are vulnerable to functional<br>disorders and so their guarantee time is short (other not)<li>3.Almost all are not very effective in<br>cases of hemorrhoids<li>4.Some need maintenance care (others<br>not).<li>5.Some produce oblique water jet,<br>which reduces their efficacy and may wet clothes (others not).<li>6.Some are complicated in use, especially<br>for elderly, blinds, disabled.<li>7.Some prohibit basin under them to be<br>cleaned (others not).<li>8.Some don&rsquo;t have controls to avoid small children<br>playing with buttons (others have).<li>9.Some have not the regulating<br>mechanism to prevent abrupt water jet (some have).<li> SUBTYPES OF ADD ON<br>BIDETS<li>a.Those producing vertical water jet.<li>Advantages<li>1.They are generally more effective in<br>relation to rectum cleaning up.<li>2.They are more appropriate in women<br>after child birth, and other cases, where there are near rectum wounds. Here it<br>is vital the water not to disperse to wide area.<li>3.Are more effective in hemorrhoids,<br>where cleaning can be done at all sides.<li>4.Clothes never get wet.<li>5.Some with thin jet render useless<br>warm water. Because of their restricted area of water affect, they reduce greatly<br>cool water&rsquo;s sensation. Of course warm water can be used as in all other types.<li>6.Some get installed very easily and<br>quickly (some not).<li>7.Some are very simple to use (some<br>not).<li>8.Some are very cheap (some not).<li>9.Some give long time guarantee (some<br>not). <li>10.Some are not electrical.<li>11.Some are elegant and especially the<br>electronic ones offer many additional cervices (others not).<li>12.Some can be combined with toilet<br>raisings (others not).<li>13.Some have water pressure control<br>mechanism, so to avoid any surprise sensation some not).<li>14.Some take care to prevent small<br>children playing with buttons (some not).<li>Disadvantages<li>1.Some are not so appropriate for<br>women genitalia cleaning.<li>2.Some have, in order to be<br>stabilized, to have toilet seat heavily inflicted by screwing.<li>3.Some are vulnerable to damage after<br>a time of use, as leaking etc.<li>4.Some, because of their bulk, hinder<br>wheel chairs to roll over the bowl.<li>5.Some are not so elegant.<li>6.Some scratch the toilet bowl.<li>7.Some cannot get combined and work<br>with toilet raisings. <li>8.Some don&rsquo;t have water pressure<br>control mechanism, so to avoid any surprise sensation<li>9. Some don&rsquo;t take care to prevent small children<br>playing with buttons. <li>10. Some are quite costly. <li>11. Some don&rsquo;t fit to all bowl types. <br><li>b.Those producing oblique water jet.<li>Advantages <li>1. Some offer long time guarantee.<li> 2 <br> Some are less oblique than others. <li> 3. Some take care to prevent small children<br>playing with buttons.<li> 4. <br> Some need not maintenance care. <br> <li> <br>Disadvantages<li>1.Some are not very effective, due to<br>the jet obliquity, specially in hemorrhoids. <li>2.They all cannot get combined with<br>toilet raisings. <li>3.Some don&rsquo;t give long guarantee time.<li>4. Some, because of their bulk, hinder wheel<br>chairs to roll over the bowl .<li>5.Some need maintenance care. <li>12. Some don&rsquo;t <br>take care to prevent small children playing with buttons.<li>13. Some don&rsquo;t have water pressure control<br>mechanism, so to avoid any surprise sensation. <li>14.Some are costly. <li>15.Some don&rsquo;t fit to all bowl types. <li>.</ul>
<p>I have some<br>questions for those selling combined with seat electronic bidets:</p><ul><br><li>1.Is there any danger the jet nozzle to touch user&rsquo;s<br>body? <li>2.The sterilization is done every 24 hours. What happens if<br>somebody with infectious skin disorder touches the nozzle?<li>3.How somebody could manipulate the so many buttons, that<br>couldn&rsquo;t, because of their place, even see? <li>4.How much time is needed for the moisture to dry up by<br>the hot air?<li>5.The water jet is vertical or about vertical?<li>6.Is the apparatus satisfactorily functioning by a blind<br>or a person having mobility problem?<li>7.How somebody could be sure that a curious child would not<br>play with the buttons?<li>8.How often the nozzle has to be cleaned up from salt etc?</ul>
<p>Before you use a bidet you need to know about bidets:</p><p><em>Information<br>for dissolving confusion about bidets.</em></p><p><em> &ldquo;</em><em>There are two main bidet types: </em></p><ul><br><li><em>1.</em><em>The old fashioned standalone bidet.</em><li><em>2.</em><em>The attachable or add-on to toilet bowl bidet.</em><li><em>The second one has two basic<br>subtypes:</em><li><em>a.</em><em>Those producing oblique water jet.</em><li><em>b.</em><em>Those producing vertical water jet.</em><li><em>The above distinction is necessary,<br>as it is informing at first glance about what type would be appropriate for<br>different situations and different ailments. f.e people with mobility problems,<br>hemorrhoids, or blinds, need always the more effective in cleaning up vertical<br>water jet. The same it applies for women after childbirth, as their near by<br>wounds make imperative a very exact and steady water jet, etc. Cost of this<br>type varies from 30 to 2000 dls. </em><li><em>The number 2 type has many other variations<br>relating mechanical or electronically<br>handling, or offering more services, as warm water, air drying, music etc.&rdquo;</em><li>&ldquo;For<br>those that look for a cheap, durable, 100% effective, easily installed and<br>easily used apparatus, whose VERTICAL well targeted water jet in very<br>restricted area does not allow somebody to feel the water coldness, (think of<br>your finger in cold water compared with whole hand), never wetting clothes, the<br>answer is the add-on bidetdisabled.com KO BIDET. SEARCH BEFORE. DECIDING. &ldquo;</ul>
<p>Wipes and anti bacterial liqu soap much quicker easier and effective anywhere you have a toilet and sink (dont flush wipes if you can avoid it), saves water too!</p>
In North America, we use hygiene wipes! Saves water, space, and tp!
Are those toilet wipes biodegradable? Any thing we put in the toilet here in Australia can end up in the ocean.
All biodegradable. Breaks up like TP after flushed. Cottenelle brand had a funny ad on youtube. Not sure if you have this brand in Aus, though.<br>http://www.cottonelle.com/product_wipes.aspx
<p>They are not biodegradable. They're notorious for destroying plumbing in Paris, France, where I currently live. And in Vancouver, Canada, (where I grew up) a bidet is not all that uncommon. Not everyone in North America is on the wet-wipe bandwagon. :)</p>
<p>Wet wipes certainly are not flushable and are causing thousands of blockages in our sewers, costing millions of pounds a year, water companies have warned. Thames Water in London are having to deal with 3,500 blockages a month caused by wet wipes and flushed food fat at a cost of &pound;12 million a year.</p>
<p>The preservatives used in wet wipes are not safe by <br>any means. They are Methylparaben and Methylisothiazolinone which may cause <br>allergic skin reactions.</p><p>Studies carried out in laboratories <br>also suggest that methylisothiazolinone can also cause serious damage to your <br>brain cells and the nervous system. </p>
<p>I used those wipes for quite a while, until I saw all of the chemical ingredients in them. This is a very sensitive part of your skin, and people can develop allergies to some of these ingredients.</p>
Thanks. Good instructable. To the point and doesn't leave you wondering "what's next". I prefer moist wipes, the kind you use to clean a baby's bottom, but at least I now know how to use one of these things.
Using wet wipes is actually a good primer for using a bidet. Many people when they first use a bidet cannot help but feel "odd" down there since they are used to feeling wet there is not good. Using wet wipes gets one used to the feeling of wetness.
Actually, I'm not aware of any bidets in Canada <strong>laminterious</strong>. Perhaps at better hotels, but in general I believe their use in the homes of Canada is almost unknown. My family switched to the &quot;wet wipe&quot; method (sorry all if the subject offends) about 10 years ago, and we haven't used any other method since. Personally, I'd love to install a stand up urinal in the bathroom...and perhaps a bidet now that I see how nice they are :)<br/><br/>J.<br/>
<p>I'm from Vancouver. I've always seen bidets at my friends' houses. My parents have one, and I also have one in my apartment. In Vancouver, if you live in a 'nice' area, chances are you have a bidet. They are also in plenty of the better Canadian hotels.</p>
&nbsp;I put a urinal in after a basement remodel. &nbsp;It would have been difficult to put in a toilet as I would have had to rip up the concrete floor. &nbsp;I had the room for it but not the money or gumption for the full toilet so I figured at least the guys could use it. &nbsp;It was awesome and everyone thought it was cool. &nbsp;My brother in law put one in his basement afterwards. &nbsp;Our wives vowed never to clean it but it cut down on regular toilet use which meant fewer left up seats cleaning there. &nbsp;It also saves a ton of water. &nbsp;I wold go downstairs just to use it because it was more fun.
But wet wipes are full of chemicals and always leave my hands feeling/ smelling weird. I'd much rather use water.
Try using baby wipes. you cannot flush them down the toilet, but if you use the unscented ones, they are perfect.
I made the same point about him saying they were used here in new zealand, Ive never seen one here ever (and what are his gypsy friends doing staying at fancy hotels?! I thought the point of being a gypsy was you did the total opposite!) I like bidets, but i dont like the way this person has their facts totally wrong
Just because you have never seen a bidet where you live, doesnt mean they are there. I have never seen one in the US, and yet there has been a recent news story of an entire town that has gone over to bidets. My facts are not wrong, you are just argumentative. Remember the "Be Nice" policy on the comments.
Well, I have a few friends in Toronto and elsewhere (they live like gypsies) and they have said that they are normally found at better hotels, however, there are alot of normal hotels who are switching over to the bidet/toilet combo. Check out <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.cleanrevolution.com/">http://www.cleanrevolution.com/</a><br/>
<p>O K, This is my solution: By each toilet I place a bottle of HYDORGEN PEROXIDE. I pour a little on some T P and wipe secondly. It's great for my budget, my health, my environment and my plumbing. I highly recommend this solution to you all. </p>
<p>Unnecessarily taking up additional space in the bathroom. One can use the hand spray/ bidet shower while sitting on the toilet for the same purpose. Also drill a soap holder nearby. </p><p>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bidet_shower</p>
Sorry, but the small towel near the bidet actually IS meant for drying yourself! Most people use the towel by the sink to dry their hands, after they wash them. And I'm not sure where in the world you're talking about, but here in Italy almost every house/hotel bathroom has a bidet, and I have NEVER come across one with a built-in air dryer. Assuming you're in a hotel room and not in someone's home, dry yourself with the towel, that's what it's there for... :-P<br />
<p>and everyone uses the towel over and over? gross! please explain how people use the towel in your home. </p>
trust me, I'm Italian. we use it at least once a day, there's no need to be 'people who are recovering from surgery; people who have physical disabilities; people with dexterity or other problems that limit their range of motion; people who have various medical conditions, such as hemorrhoids, diarrhea, dysentery, difficult bowel movements, or other ailments that involve the rectal or genital areas; people who have developmental disabilities, such as Down's Syndrome, mental retardation, autism, or cerebral palsy; men and women who want better hygiene before or after sexual activities; and women who want more effective feminine hygiene during monthly menstrual periods' to use it. you go to the toilet <em>then</em> you use it. that's it.<br/>
I would love to have a bidet in my house! I am a Developmental Services Worker and the addition of a bidet in Special Needs washrooms would be a God send for both the client and the care provider.
<p>All care homes should seriously consider upgrading their premises to having bidet sprayer available. Far better for clients' dignity and all care workers prefer them to toilet paper. Plus the cost savings over a whole year are great. </p>
This article gave me the best belly laugh i've had in quite a while!<br> It was very informative,but left me feeling like I could do without. I mean, it looks as if the handle would hit you right where you don't need to be hit. and you still have to reach behind you for the controls?<br>If you have pants on, whats to keep the water from running down your legs and wetting your pants?Just seems awkward to me, but I guess its about whatever you are used to.<br>But please, use the towel to dry your hands? The same one everyone else has used??????Super EEEWWWW! Lots of times at friends homes, I just dry my hands with toilet paper rather than use their towel that has been who knows where! At my home, I provide baby wipes and folded paper towels, as well as the usual tp.
Almost seems ridiculous to have an instructable on something I've been used to seeing all my life. It's just a lot better to have somewhere you can wash after using the toilet but without having a full shower, wasting time and water.<br><br>Do take care with the water temperature. Not all bidets have sprays, just a simple faucet. Hot water can come out unexpected because when you're not facing the faucet, you're likely to open it the wrong way around. Then you'll burn your bum and yell too loud. Try explaining someone you burned your bum on a bidet.
This was very helpful, informative, and tactful, and thanks awfully!!! Henry What's his Name, the Anais Nin buddy, committed a worse crime than Irving's character did, which he describes in his autobiography, whose title also escapes me at the moment. I've always wondered why bidet owners can't afford a seat, if the naked rim would be cold, and other concerns that lead on to unseemly peripheral thoughts. One other worry: what if an elderly or infirm person doesn't have a handy sink to grab, like the girl does in the photo? And what about persons who are too small or young to manage? Do super-considerate bidet owners provide grab bars or steps? A very useful and polite treatment of bidet-dom, I suppose field engineering answers these questions, you can't be expected to anticipate every little nervous suspicion?
For those that are looking into a bidet, i commonly suggest making a trip to. Lowe's <br>http://www.lowes.com/pd_195668-39919-HI-4001WT_0__?productId=3052669&amp;Ntt=toilet+seat+bidet&amp;pl=1&amp;currentURL=%2Fpl__0__s%3FNtt%3Dtoilet%2Bseat%2Bbidet
In Turkey, 99% of all toilets also function as bidets with a built-in faucet at the rear.
They seem very fancy and all, but I see absolutely no point to this. It seems very time and labor intensive. If you're putting in that much thought and energy, wouldn't be easier to throw off your clothes and hop into a two minute shower? Very informative though, I was wondering how this was going to tackle such delicate subjects, and I&nbsp;was not disappointed! Thank you!<br />
<em>If you're putting in that much thought and energy, wouldn't be easier to throw off your clothes and hop into a two minute shower? </em>Nope, a shower would involve getting completely undressed, covering your hair if you have it and don't want it to get wet, washing, drying yourself completely afterwards and getting dressed again. With a bidet, you use the toilet, clean what needs cleaning, dry what needs drying, and that's it. Less toilet paper, better hygiene, less stress for your skin and more fun in bed. Try it! :-)
Great instructions. Although, there are many different kinds of bidets but they all serve the same purpose and that is to give you a proper wash and make sure to keep you clean.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.properwash.com" rel="nofollow">Toilet bidets</a> are used for anal and genital cleaning only,<br />
I may not be the master plumber out there but if I remember well, the toilet is connected to the cold water line. If you connect the bidet like in that ad, you are connected directly to the cold water line, along with the toilet tank. Ice-cold water to wash you up isn't the best idea ... but would make a good prank XD
Oh no! bidets have hot AND cold water faucets.. so you use them the very same way you wash ypur hands... <br />
yep, some of the plumbers at my work tells me that they often connect a thermostatic regulator to keep the temperature constant<br />
If you're hard up for money and space for a bidet you can always use a squeeze bottle with warm water followed by a reusable cloth wipe that you toss in a diaper pail and wash on laundry day.&nbsp; It doesn't aim as accurately unless there's a curved nozzle on it or something though.&nbsp; If you're squeamish about reusable cloth after a bowel movement you can always use toilet paper and save the reusables for after urinating.&nbsp; You'll feel a lot cleaner and still be saving the environment by reducing toilet paper use.<br />

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