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Benefits of Bidet Attachments: Why You Should Get One

5 January 2024 · JOHN PHUNG · 8 min read
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    Bidet attachments are increasingly popular in modern households, offering a range of benefits for personal hygiene, environmental sustainability, and cost-effectiveness. In this comprehensive article, we'll explore everything from what a bidet attachment is to frequently asked questions about its use and maintenance.

    What is a Bidet Attachment?

    A bidet attachment is a retrofit for your traditional toilet, designed for cleaning your posterior and genital area after toileting. It stands out from a full bidet, which is a separate fixture, by being more affordable and easier to install. Here are some key aspects of bidet attachments:

    • Popularity in Europe and Asia: Bidets are extremely popular in European and Asian countries, signifying a cultural acceptance of bidet usage for enhanced hygiene.
    • Hands-Free Operation: Most bidet seat attachments offer a hands-free way of washing. Users activate a water spray via a control panel or by turning a knob. This action causes the nozzle to spray water to the rear or front, ensuring thorough cleaning.
    • Widespread Use in Japan: In Japan, bidets are exceptionally well-received, with about 77% of the population using a bidet, indicating a strong cultural inclination towards advanced personal hygiene practices (source: WebMD).
    • Slim Design: The design of bidet attachments is slim, ensuring they are as unobtrusive as possible. This design consideration guarantees that the functionality of the toilet seat is not compromised, maintaining comfort and ease of use.

    Benefits of Bidet Attachments

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    Enhanced Cleanliness and Hygiene

    • More Effective Cleaning: Water from a bidet displaces fecal residues far more effectively than toilet paper, leaving the bum area cleaner.
    • Hands-Free Cleaning: This minimizes hand contact with the bum area, reducing the risk of transferring skin diseases or fecal matter to hands, which can be problematic if not washed properly.

    Reduction in Toilet Paper Usage

    • Lower Usage Per Visit: Without a bidet, an average person uses about 15 sheets of toilet paper per visit. With a bidet, this number can be reduced to just 2 sheets for drying, or even none if the bidet has an air-dry feature.
    • Cost Savings: This significant reduction in toilet paper usage translates into considerable cost savings over time.

    Plumbing Benefits

    • Less Clogging: Reduced toilet paper usage means a lower risk of toilet clogs, minimizing future plumbing costs.

    Comfort and Relief

    • Soothing Water Spray: The water spray from a bidet provides a comfortable and soothing experience, unlike the friction from toilet paper. This is particularly beneficial for people with hemorrhoids or skin sensitivities in the area.

    Specific Benefits for Women

    • Enhanced Hygiene During Menstruation: Bidets offer a more hygienic solution during menstrual periods.
    • Postpartum Care: The gentle cleaning action of a bidet is ideal for postpartum women, providing gentle and effective cleaning.

    Aid for Elderly and Mobility-Impaired Individuals

    • Hands-Free Operation: Bidet attachments are a boon for the elderly and those with mobility issues, offering a hands-free cleaning solution that enhances confidence and independence in personal hygiene.

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    Types of Bidet Attachments

    When it comes to choosing a bidet attachment, there are several types to consider, each with its unique features and benefits. Let’s explore these types to help you find the perfect fit for your needs.

    Non-Electric Bidet Seat Attachments

    • Simple Controls: These attachments typically have easy-to-use controls for activating water nozzles.
    • Self-Cleaning Mechanism: Some models include a self-cleaning feature for the nozzles, enhancing hygiene.
    • Hands-Free Like Handheld Bidets: They offer the convenience of a handheld bidet but without the need for manual operation.
    • Nozzle Variations: Options vary from single-nozzle designs targeting a fixed direction to dual-nozzle models for both rear and front cleansing. For instance, the Bumwash Dual Spray Bidet attachment offers two water nozzles and a self-cleaning function.

    Electric Bidet Seats

    • Power Connection Needed: These seats require a connection to a power outlet.
    • Advanced Features: Thanks to electricity, they can offer heated seats, warm water sprays, air dryers, and adjustable nozzle directions.
    • Remote Control Operation: Typically, these bidets are operated via a remote control, which is a double-edged sword since remotes need batteries and a constant power supply. One potential downside is the inconvenience during power outages.

    Portable Bidet Attachments

    • Design Varieties: Options range from complete bottle units with battery-powered sprays to battery-powered nozzle attachments that fit standard bottles.
    • Convenience for Travel: These portable attachments are perfect for maintaining hygiene standards while traveling, camping, or in places with substandard toilet facilities.
    • Mini Water Jet Experience: They offer a compact and efficient solution for a water spray clean, wherever you are.

    Each type of bidet attachment offers unique features and benefits. Non-electric models provide simplicity and hygiene, electric bidet seats bring luxury features, and portable attachments offer convenience and mobility. Understanding these differences can help you choose the best bidet attachment for your lifestyle and needs.

    How to Use a Bidet Attachment

    Installing and using a bidet attachment is a straightforward process. Here’s a detailed guide to help you set up and use your bidet attachment effectively.

    Removing the Existing Toilet Seat

    1. Locate the Screws: Find the screws at the back of the toilet seat.
    2. Unscrew and Lift Off: Use a screwdriver to loosen the screws, then lift off the seat.

      Adjusting the Bidet Attachment

      1. Position the Bidet: Place the bidet attachment over the toilet bowl where the seat was.
      2. Align with Seat Screws: Ensure the holes in the bidet attachment align with the toilet seat screw holes.

        Re-Mounting the Toilet Seat

        1. Place the Seat Over the Attachment: Position your toilet seat over the bidet attachment.
        2. Screw in Place: Reinsert the screws and tighten them to secure both the seat and the bidet attachment.

          Connecting the Bidet Hose to the Water Outlet

          1. Turn Off Water Supply: Shut off the water supply to your toilet to prevent leaks during installation.
          2. Install the T-Adapter: Attach the T-adapter to the toilet’s water supply valve. This adapter allows water to flow to both the toilet and the bidet.
          3. Connect the Bidet Hose: Attach one end of the bidet hose to the T-adapter and the other end to the bidet attachment.
          4. Turn On Water Supply: Once everything is secure, turn the water supply back on and check for any leaks.

            Using the Bidet Attachment

            1. Sit Comfortably: Use the toilet as you normally would.
            2. Activate the Bidet: Use the controls on the bidet attachment to start the water spray. Adjust the pressure and position as needed.
            3. Clean Thoroughly: Allow the water to cleanse the area.
            4. Dry Off: Use a small amount of toilet paper to pat dry, or use the air-dry feature if your bidet has one.

              Installing and using a bidet attachment is a simple DIY task that can be done without professional help. By following these steps, you can enjoy the benefits of a bidet in your home with ease.

              Cleaning Bidet Attachment

              Maintaining the cleanliness of your bidet attachment is crucial for ensuring both hygiene and optimal functionality. Here’s a detailed guide on how to clean your bidet attachment effectively.

              Regular Cleaning of the Nozzle

              • Presence of Shields/Guards: While some bidet nozzles have shields or guards to protect the spray hole outlet, these can still accumulate residual particles and bacteria over time.
              • Manual Cleaning: Regularly pull down the nozzle (if your model allows) and clean it thoroughly. Use a disinfectant suitable for bidet attachments, ensuring it’s not too harsh to avoid damaging the nozzle.
              • Wiping with a Damp Cloth: After disinfecting, gently wipe the nozzle and surrounding area with a damp cloth to remove any remaining cleaning solution and debris.

              Daily Wipe-Down

              • Surface Cleaning: Daily, wipe the surface of the bidet attachment, including any control panels or knobs, with a soft, damp cloth. This helps remove any immediate dirt or grime and maintains the cleanliness of the attachment.

              Deep Cleaning Regularly

              • Disinfecting the Attachment: Once in a while, conduct a deeper cleaning of the entire bidet attachment. Use mild cleaners that are safe for the material of your bidet. Avoid abrasive cleaners or scrubbers that could damage the surface.
              • Cleaning Under the Seat: Remember to lift the toilet seat and clean the areas of the bidet attachment underneath. This is often a neglected spot where grime can build up.

              FAQs for Bidet Attachments

              Q: Are bidet attachments safe to use?

              A: Absolutely. They are designed for safety and hygiene. You can refer to our article covering the safety of bidets in detail.

              Q: Can I install a bidet attachment on any toilet?

              A: For bidet seat attachments, there are adjustable holes to align with the toilet seat screw holes. It should fit for most standard toilet seats.

              Q: Do I need a backflow prevention adapter?

              A: According to Australian standards, you require a backflow prevention adapter to prevent backflow from occuring when the toilet gets clogged and fills up the bowl. This is to ensure that the water does not seep through the nozzle and back into the drinkable water supply. The simplest solution is to connect a backflow adapter to the bidet hose before connecting it to the T-adapter.

              Q: Do I still need to use toilet paper?

              A: You may need a small amount for drying, but overall usage is significantly reduced. We have found that giving your bum a few shakes removes most moisture, removing the need for toilet paper for drying.

              Q: How do I adjust the water temperature and pressure?

              A: Electric models often have controls for temperature and pressure, while non-electric models use the home's water pressure.

              In conclusion, bidet attachments are a valuable addition to any bathroom, offering enhanced hygiene, cost savings, and environmental benefits. Whether you choose a basic model or an advanced electric one, the comfort and cleanliness a bidet attachment provides make it a worthwhile investment.

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