How to Use a Bidet | The Proper Way of Using Different Types
Whether you’ve been to someone’s house or traveled to a different country, chances are that you may have encountered a bidet at least once in your life. If you haven’t, then there’s an even a greater chance that you might use one in the future, since more and more households are starting to install bidets in their homes.
With the growth of bidet use in America, as well as the world, it’s going to be important to learn how to use one. First we went over what the best bidet is like and here, we’ll teach you the proper way to use various kinds of bidets that you may encounter.
Types of Bidets
Bidet Seats are the types of bidet that are attached to the toilet fixture and cleans you from a nozzle inside the toilet bowl. The nozzle is designed to spray at a specific angle, making it easier to use. Bidet attachments, bidet toilet seats, and built-in bidets all fall into this group and they’re the most common type in America.
Bidet sinks are separate fixtures in the bathroom that looks almost like a second toilet. They're the most common type of bidet in Europe and can be seen occasionally in American homes too.
They’re the only type of bidet that requires you to move away from the toilet so it can be hard to use for some people.
Bidet sprayers come in the form of a hose and a nozzle similar to that of a shower head or a garden hose. It’s connected to the back of the toilet and usually mounted onto the toilet or a wall near the toilet.
Sprayers are not common in Western countries but you may come across sprayers when traveling around Muslim (where it’s called a shattaf) and South East Asian countries or households.
Portable or travel bidets take the shape of a bottle with a bidet nozzle. They’re the only kind of bidet that can be taken out of a bathroom and allow you to clean yourself from anywhere.
Portable bidets come in two categories: manual and electronic. For the manual travel bidet, you power the stream by squeezing the bottle while for the electric, the stream is powered by a battery.
How to use a Bidet Seat
1. Clean the Nozzle and Check the Bidet Settings
First and foremost, you want to clean the nozzle area before using the bidet. Higher end seats have this as an automatic feature, but for most bidet attachment, this process is done through a manual knob in the controls.
If the water temperature, pressure, and position can be adjusted, the next step is to check the settings. These settings may have been changed by the previous user so bring them to default or your own settings before using the bidet.
2. Using the Bidet Seat
Once it’s time to wash up, turn on the bidet and keep it going for a good 15-20 seconds in order to get a good wash. Here are some tips to using the bidet.
- If its your first time, try starting with the weakest pressure and then gradually go up to a moderate level.
- Warm water cleans more effectively than cold water.
- Spray patterns like oscillation and pulsing spray can cover a wide range while cleaning more thoroughly.
3. Check and Dry Off
Once you rinse for 15-20 seconds, use a small piece of toilet paper to check if you’re clean and repeat if necessary. Some bidets come with a built in dryer, which can help minimize toilet paper usage.
Don't forget to clean the nozzle one last time for bidet attachments!
How to use a Bidet Sink
1. Test Out the Fixture
Even before using the restroom, try out the bidet sink if it’s one that you’ve never used before. Bidet sinks can have horizontal or vertical water flow with a wide range of water strength. Once you start your business, it gets harder to test out, so it’s a good idea to know how the water flow of the bidet works beforehand.
2. Do Your Business and Wipe Once
You've read our bidet vs toilet paper post, right? Good. Once you’re ready to wash, wipe once before moving over to the bidet sink. The reason is because you want to remove larger chunks before moving to the bidet sink, since it has a smaller drain.
In addition, it’s much easier to move over to the bidet if you take off at least one leg of your pants.
3. Using the Bidet Sink
When sitting on the bidet sink, most people find it easier facing the faucets since this makes it easier to control the water. However with bidet sinks that shoot water horizontally, it can be hard to get the right angle and sitting while facing away may be a better option.
Once seated, turn on the hot water first since it may take some time for the water to warm up. When using the bidet, make sure to adjust your position so that the water is hitting the right area. Some find it easier to redirect the water flow with their hands if the flow is horizontal.
Usually 15-20 seconds is the ideal wash time, but some bidet sinks tend to have weaker water pressure. In this case, continue washing for longer than 20 seconds and alternate between washing and wiping if necessary.
4. Dry Off and Rise the Bidet
Once you feel clean, dry off and rinse out the bidet sink fixture one last time.
How to use a Bidet Sprayer
1. Turn on the T-Valve
A t-valve is a plumbing fixture that connects the bidet sprayer to the water source. This is often kept shut when the bidet is not in use to prevent damaging the spray head. It’s usually located behind the toilet, where the hose is connected to the water pipes.
2. Test the Spray Strength
Before starting your business, you’d want to try testing the spray and get a feel for the strength of it. If you’re it in a public restroom, it can be a good idea to quickly rinse the toilet seat during this step.
3. Using the Bidet Sprayer
Lower the head down into the bowl either through the front or back, depending on your preference. Keep it at a distance from your body and aim it at an angle towards you so that the bidet water falls away from the spray head.
Gently start the spray and increase the pressure as you fix your aim. Remember to keep it going for 15-20 seconds for a clean wash.
4. Dry Off and Close the T-Valve
Check with a small piece of toilet paper and dry off completely once you’re done.
As you turned on the t-valve in the beginning, don’t forget to close it at the end!
How to use a Portable Bidet
1. Fill Up the Bidet Before Using the Toilet
With electric portable bidets, you can store water inside the bidet while carrying it around but with manual portable bidets, it tends to leak if tilted the wrong way.
2. Using the Portable Bidet
Using a portable bidet is quite similar to using a bidet sprayer. You lower the nozzle into the bowl and aim it at an angle towards you. While the water flow can be started with a button for electric bidets, you have to squeeze the bottle for manual ones. For those that have trouble exerting force on the manual bidet, try bringing it down from the front since this tends to be easier to squeeze.
Regardless of the limited water volume, continue to wash 15-20 seconds like you would with a standard bidet. If the water capacity of the bidet isn’t enough, bring an extra bottle so you can refill the portable bidet.
3. Check As You Go and Dry Off
Since there is a limited amount of water, it may be a good idea to perform more frequent checks during the wash. Once you’re feeling clean, dry off as usual.
4. Empty and Rinse the Bidet
Once you’re done with your business, empty out the remaining water and rinse out the device before putting it away.
If it's your first time trying a bidet, congrats! The first few times may feel uncomfortable, but you'll get used to it after a few uses. If you've used a bidet before, I hope that this guide has helped walk you through the proper way of using a bidet.
As the very last step, don't forget to wash your hands with soap!