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Bidets have been around for centuries and are widely popular in many countries, particularly in Europe and Asia. Despite being less common in North America, bidets are gaining popularity among Americans as they seek more hygienic and environmentally friendly alternatives. Today we will explore the reasons why people like bidets and why they are worth considering as a bathroom addition. Before we get into the reasons, I think we need to first answer the question:
What is a bidet?
A bidet is like a car wash for your bottom and eliminates the use of toilet paper. Modern bidets combine a toilet and bidet into one unit or you can add a bidet seat to an existing toilet. There are many features that can be included in a modern bidet such as, heated seats, warm air dryers etc.
Here are some reasons bidets are growing in popularity here in the US:
1. Improved hygiene
One of the primary reasons why people like bidets is that they provide a more thorough cleaning than toilet paper. While toilet paper can remove some waste, it doesn’t clean as effectively as water. Bidets use a stream of water to clean the area, which is much more efficient and effective. Bidets also reduce the risk of irritation, infections, and hemorrhoids, which can be caused by using toilet paper.
Another reason why people like bidets is that they are more environmentally friendly than toilet paper. According to the World Wildlife Fund, Americans use approximately 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper each year, and it takes 37 gallons of water to produce one roll of toilet paper. Bidets, on the other hand, use minimal amounts of water and reduce the amount of waste going into landfills.
Bidets are also cost-effective in the long run. While the initial investment may be higher than buying toilet paper, bidets are designed to last for years and require minimal maintenance. Plus, they eliminate the need for expensive wet wipes or other cleaning products.
4. Comfortable and convenient
Bidets are also comfortable and convenient to use. The stream of water is gentle and soothing, providing a refreshing feeling after using the toilet. Bidets can also be customized to provide different water pressures and temperatures, making them a great option for people with sensitive skin or other conditions.
Finally, bidets can offer various health benefits. They can help relieve constipation and reduce the risk of urinary tract infections. Bidets can also be helpful for people with mobility issues or disabilities who may find it challenging to clean themselves thoroughly.
In conclusion, bidets offer a range of benefits that make them a popular choice for people looking for a more luxurious, hygienic, eco-friendly, and cost-effective alternative to the traditional toilet. Whether you are concerned about the environment, your health, or just looking for a more comfortable way to stay clean, a bidet is worth considering as a bathroom addition.
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