the Bidet.

Why everyone needs a bidet. No joke. And which one we bought.

The context. 

This is an important post, during an important time when toilet paper is not so easy to come by. It’s May 13, 2020. Two months ago, when the new normal during COVID-19 first started becoming a reality, my amazing mom (who by the way lives 2000 miles + from me) ordered the only toilet paper she could get her hands on, and had it shipped to us. A few weeks later, 8 manatee-sized, 2-ply industrial rolls showed up at our doorstep. These are the rolls you never knew existed, even though you probably used them a thousand times in office buildings, doctors offices, grocery stores, and anywhere else that serves a high volume of tushes.

Enter the idea of the bidet and why we made the leap.

I had already been to Costco a couple of times, early in the day, and was informed by multiple employees that every night they get a load in and every morning before 10am, the 2000 + packs of toilet paper they stocked the night before, gone. 

I had already heard of the bidet. First from my parents, who had installed a heated/self-drying bidet in a home they gutted and renovated years before. Then, it seemed just gross.

Second, my teacher. Washing your just-pooped rear with water is much, MUCH cleanlier than smearing that just-pooped poop and then pretending it’s clean and then going on with the rest of your day. This is one of those things you hear and know to be true (since you’ve been taking showers after your morning bowel movement since you can remember – cause otherwise you feel gross).

Now comes the research we did on which bidet to buy.

We live in the most beautiful neighborhood, and we love our city and our charming home with a VERY small bathroom. This was a factor in our choice for type as well as price, longevity, and of course usability. We decided on the hose & sprayer type. IT WAS THE RIGHT CHOICE. I will share the brand and model, and also how we assembled it in another post (only because I’m too lazy to get up and look for the details). There was one thing we changed when assembling to keep it from leaking.

Best purchase made during COVID-19 shelter-in-place so far (other than Thayers Witch Hazel, but that’s a whole other thing that needs an entire article). Back to the bidet. I think about how many trees we are going to save in the span of our lives, and how much money we will save too. It works. Really works. Tush is clean. Sanitary. Much more so than smearing poop with paper. True fact, not all countries and cultures use toilet paper, and the majority don’t even sit on the toilet! This is a well-done article on these sorts of interesting tidbits.

Anyway, do yourself a favor and buy a bidet. Ours was somewhere around $20. Not too shabby.