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What is a bidet and how do you use it?

The bidet has been an important household item since the 17th century. Read on to discover the basics to using, and cleaning, it!


What is a bidet and how do you use it?

Ever been confused by that odd basin you’ve found in your hotel room? You’re not the only one! This funny-looking bathroom fixture is a bidet and, believe it or not, very useful for washing your intimate area or your feet without getting fully into a shower or bath. Here we answer all of your questions, including “what is a bidet”, how it works, and the dos and don’ts of using one.

There are a few different bidet uses but both women and men can find them a hygienic and budget-friendly alternative to toilet paper!

What is a bidet used for?

Wondering “how does a bidet work”? We’ve got you covered:

  • A bidet is a little basin which produces a stream of cold or hot water.

  • Whilst some people may never have seen one, they can be found in a range of modern hotels and homes over continental Europe.

  • What is a bidet for? It’s got two main simple uses: maintaining lower region hygiene after using the toilet and cleaning your feet before or after a shower.

How to use a bidet

Now we’ve covered bidet toilet uses, here’s how you can actually use one:

  1. Have a towel ready to dry after cleaning.

  2. Turn on the water flow and adjust the temperature to make it comfortable for you.

  3. Squat over the bidet, keeping your back to the taps, and lower yourself onto the stream of water. You can adjust the spout to suit you. If using the bidet to wash your feet then you can use a bar of soap to clean yourself.

  4. Dry yourself gently with a towel.

  5. Wash your hands once you’re all done!

The do’s and don'ts of bidet uses

When you use a bidet, there are a few things you should be aware of:

  • DO NOT use the bidet as a toilet or urinal.

  • DO NOT store things in your bidet.

  • DO keep a separate towel to dry yourself with afterwards.

  • DO learn how to keep a bidet clean at all times with Handy Andy and Domestos.

Now you know a little more about this bathroom furnishing you can make an informed decision about whether or not to use one. 

  • Invest in quality cleaning products, such as Handy Andy and Domestos.

  • Wipe down the bidet once a week with a sponge or cloth and your chosen product.

  • Attach a carbon air deodoriser to your bidet to filter the air of unwanted smells.

  • Use the self-cleaning feature, if available, to clean the nozzle regularly so you don’t have to do it manually.

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