How to Use a Bidet

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Intro: How to Use a Bidet

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.

Step 2: Finishing Up

When you are finished using the toilet, wipe your anus one time in the usual manner, throwing the toilet tissue in the toilet. This prevents excessive feces from being washed off into the bidet.

Dry wipe at least once after having a bowel movement and before using the bidet. Excess fecal matter may clog the bidet drain. This can be quite disgusting for someone who uses the bidet after you.

Step 3: Using the Bidet

On most standalone bidets you can either face the bidet's water controls or you can face away from them, as you would on a toilet. It is easier to control the flow and temperature of the water if you face the controls, but if you are wearing pants you will generally need to remove them in order to straddle the bidet in this manner. There are a variety of bidet designs, so the configuration of the jets and the part of your body that you wish to clean may dictate which way you need to face.

If the bidet has both hot and cold water controls, start by turning on the hot water. Open the spray valve until the water is spraying about six to eight inches high. When the water feels hot to the hand, adjust the cold water valve until the spray is comfortable, being careful not to let the spray column exceed over a foot in height.
(In normally hot climates, such as the middle east, you should start with the cold water. The water will not need time to heat up and you may end up burning sensitive areas if you turn the hot water on first.)

Be very careful when turning on the water, as many bidets can produce a very high jet of water with only a slight turn of the control.

Be sure that you know where the water will be coming from ahead of time, or you could end up with a surprise shower.

You may find that you need to hold the control to keep the jets on.

In the picture below, the young woman is showing one of the many ways to use a Bidet, though you dont want to use one with shorts still on.

Step 4: Cleaning With the Bidet

Straddle the bidet, sitting on the rim and align the anus with the column of spray water. Note that most bidets don't have seats, but are still meant to be sat upon; you just sit directly on the rim.

Gradually open the spray valve until adequate pressure is achieved to flush the remaining feces from the anus.

Some bidets do not have jets, but instead simply have a faucet that fills the basin, as you would fill a sink basin. If you find yourself confronting one of these types, you use your hands and soap to clean yourself off, much like you would in the shower.

Step 5: Drying Yourself

Once you have cleaned your genital and anal areas, you dry yourself off. Some Bidets have a cloth towel nearby, DO NOT USE! This towel is for drying off your hands only. Most Bidets have a built in air dryer for you to use. If the one you are facing does not, use toilet paper or other paper towels to dry yourself off.

Do not throw any toilet paper into the Bidet. This can clog the Bidet and be unsightly.

Step 6: Videos and Notes

Note 1: For females only: The bidet is an excellent utility for cleaning up the female genitalia after intercourse. The procedure is the same, except no toilet tissue is needed.

Note 2: The steps for using a modern bidet that is built into the toilet are essentially the same as those described except that you simply remain seated on the toilet to use the bidet. These may be electronically controlled, or they may have controls positioned next to the user. Some of these include two nozzles, a short one for washing the anus, and a longer one that women can use to wash their genitals; others have one nozzle with two settings.

Note 3: There are also Bidets that are for the use of washing babies. Do not use one that is for babies, ask a housekeeper or the owner of the home you are in if you are unsure of which one is for you to use.

Note 4: Many people use public Bidets to also wash off their feet. Do not be alarmed at this.

Note 5: Do not drink from the Bidet. it may shoot out water much like a drinking faucet, but the water supply is not for drinking. Besides, water can bounce off of unsanitary areas and/or fecal matter.

Note 6: If you are unsure of the safety of the water, do not use a Bidet on broken and irritated skin. This can cause you to get sick from the water.

Video 1 on Bidet Usage



This commercial gives a good idea on how a Bidet works.

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    dkfa

    9 years ago on Introduction

    LOL! I think I used one as a sink!!! I didn't know what it was!! Now im thinking "EWWWWW!!!"

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    Yea, I think I was at a hotel in China and I was wondering...."Damn....thats a midget sink....Oh well, better wash my hands..." XD

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    swintlepaulo500

    Reply 7 years ago on Step 6

    Are those toilet wipes biodegradable? Any thing we put in the toilet here in Australia can end up in the ocean.

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    paulo500swintle

    Reply 7 years ago on Step 6

    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.
    http://www.cottonelle.com/product_wipes.aspx

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    LilyH5paulo500

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    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. :)

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    ukfaninmemphisLilyH5

    Reply 1 year ago

    wet wipes and flushable wipes are different. wet wipes have some kind of plastic inside. flushable wipes do not. and are totally biodegradable.

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    Thebumgunpaulo500

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    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 £12 million a year.

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    Thebumgunpaulo500

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    The preservatives used in wet wipes are not safe by
    any means. They are Methylparaben and Methylisothiazolinone which may cause
    allergic skin reactions.

    Studies carried out in laboratories
    also suggest that methylisothiazolinone can also cause serious damage to your
    brain cells and the nervous system.

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    DavidD1paulo500

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    informist

    1 year ago

    Cool.

    I wrote an Instructable on how to use a Japanese-style bidet (as they're a little different to non-electronic bidets!), feel free to take a look.

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    PJ16

    1 year ago

    I mean, there are actually 3 things for a bidet: icing the face, washing lingerie and cleaning butt.

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    AnthonyM80

    2 years ago

    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!

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    tercero

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    laminterioustercero

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    tercerolaminterious

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Actually, I'm not aware of any bidets in Canada laminterious. Perhaps at better hotels, but in general I believe their use in the homes of Canada is almost unknown. My family switched to the "wet wipe" 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 :)

    J.

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    LilyH5tercero

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    macst1tercero

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

     I put a urinal in after a basement remodel.  It would have been difficult to put in a toilet as I would have had to rip up the concrete floor.  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.  It was awesome and everyone thought it was cool.  My brother in law put one in his basement afterwards.  Our wives vowed never to clean it but it cut down on regular toilet use which meant fewer left up seats cleaning there.  It also saves a ton of water.  I wold go downstairs just to use it because it was more fun.