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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>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>

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