With the recent toilet paper shortage due to COVID-19, some people are starting to consider buying bidets for their homes as an alternative.
If you haven't used one before, however, you likely have a lot of questions about how to make sure they are hygienic to use in your home.
Are bidets sanitary? Are they difficult to keep clean? What if someone in the household is sick?
We will cover all of this and more below, so keep reading to learn what you need to know about keeping your bidet clean!
Are Bidets Sanitary?
First things first, bidets are actually more sanitary than toilet paper. Believe it or not, the bidet is actually washing you while toilet paper is just wiping you—see the difference?
During this period, people are being told that washing their hands properly is a must. No matter what you're using to go to the bathroom (toilet paper or bidet), washing your hands when your done is crucial to prevent the spread of germs.
Some of the benefits of bidets are:
- Less abrasive than toilet paper
- Avoiding chemicals or fragrances
- Better for the environment
- Reduce skin irritation
- Reduce anal pressure
You may have seen TV shows or movies where a giant stream of water is propelled out the bowl and soaks the bidet user's entire body. The reality is that this is not at all what happens when you use a bidet! If it was, do you think anyone would be buying those wild contraptions?
The truth is that you can adjust the position and the pressure to make sure it is comfortable for you and your booty (or other nether regions). You won't have to fear a crazy cold splash of water either if you decide to purchase a bidet with temperature settings.
Is Water Actually More Hygienic Than Dry Paper?
We can answer this question with another question.
When you get something dirty on your hands how do you clean it off? Do you wipe it with a paper towel or do you use water to wash it away?
Water is better for your body when you're trying to clean away a mess because it actually gets rid of the problem rather than just smearing it all around like toilet paper. If you want to have a clean feeling faster that actually makes you feel sanitary, water is going to be a much better experience.
Whether you get a bidet separate from your toilet or an attachment, the mess is going to stay in the bowl and away from you.
How to Clean Toilet Seats and a Bidet
If you want to make sure that your bidet toilet seat is clean, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Since the bidet is coming into such close contact with your body, it is best to avoid alcohol-based cleansers. If you must use them, you have to double-check that the entire unit has been thoroughly wiped down with warm water after.
This is to protect the unit itself, but also protect you the next time you use it!
Here are some tips on how to clean your toilets and bidets (attachment, hose, or stand-alone) in the safest way possible.
Cleaning a Toilet With a Bidet Attachment or Bidet Hose
Always start by cleaning the toilet bowl first.
For a bidet attachment, you can use a cleaner of your choice to spray the area around the nozzle. The self-cleaning feature on many bidets makes this easy because you can use that to rinse the cleanser off. Easy as that!
If you don't have a self-cleaning model, just let the cleanser sit for a few minutes and then rinse off with regular water from the sink. Every few months, it may be worth it to take the attachment off and clean the areas it sits on or against as well.
Since a bidet hose will be sitting outside of the toilet, you should be able to wipe it down with a disinfectant cloth and then warm water.
Cleaning a Stand-Alone Bidet or Bidet Toilet Seat
Mix up a solution of antibacterial soap and warm water. It should be about 1 part of soap to 4 parts of warm water. You can add white vinegar (1 part) extra if you desire.
Next, you will want to take a towel or cloth to wipe the whole surface of the bidet with the solution you've mixed. You may want to take another towel and do the same thing to the outside part to make sure it's all been sanitized.
After it's clean, you take another towel to wipe the whole surface with warm water and remove the mixed cleaning solution. That's it!
Are You Ready to Purchase Your Very Own Bidet?
Now that you've got the facts, it's time to decide whether or not you're ready to make the switch to a bidet.
Are bidets sanitary? The answer is yes! Bidets are not that hard to clean either and will only take a small amount of extra effort when compared to how often you clean your toilet bowl anyway.
We have so many conveniences given to us by technology, such as controllable lighting, smartphones, and robots, yet, we still wipe with paper like they did hundreds of years ago.
If you're prepared to make the switch, we have plenty of products for you to browse. Take a look at our selection and see which one will fit your booty's needs!