Are Bidets Sanitary?
Updated: Dec 20, 2021
The popularity of electronic bidets across the world has revolutionized the image of bathrooms.
Once considered a dirty and unclean place, today's bathrooms have become an
increasingly recognized symbol for luxury and cleanliness. A bidet seat is like a bathroom butler, providing you with water jets that wash away any grossness and bacteria after taking care of your business.
And now that it has become clear that the bidet isn't going away anytime soon, it's time to put it under the microscope.
Are bidets really as sanitary and hygienic as they say? Where does that water come from? How does the bidet clean itself after use?
Are Bidets Sanitary?
At first glance, it may seem like bidet toilet seats would be messy due to their design; however, this modern technology is engineered to ensure proper stream angle and distribution to promise that wherever the water ends up, it won't be all over you, or itself.
Normally when you go out for a workout, what's the first thing you do when you get home? Take a shower! But why? Because water is the best way to cleanse your body, and it leaves you feeling fresh.
People tend to say, after showering, that they "feel like a million bucks."
So now that we've established how important it is to wash up after a workout, why do we suddenly stop caring when we go to the bathroom?!
The same goes for our private parts, using water is a great way to get clean and feel fresh. The bidet sprays water jets to cleanse your butt and leave you with that million-dollar feeling.
The reason why so many people love using these things? They work better than just toilet paper!
Washing with water is a much more hygienic alternative to using toilet paper. Toilet paper spreads around the excess residue, so you never get fully clean.
Using a bidet reduces the likelihood of bacteria growth by preventing germs from spreading all over the place and contaminating things like counters, door handles, or unfortunately, other people! A bidet would be the perfect, hygienic hands-free way to clean.
The best part? Bidet toilet seats use the same water that our showers do, and never pass through your toilet tank, so you can feel confident that your bidet has your health and well-being as a top priority.
Do bidets cause or prevent infections?
Doctors and hygienists from around the world recommend using bidets to help prevent common infections such as cystitis or vulvovaginitis, just to name a couple. Bidet usage is often recommended by them because it helps reduce bacteria buildup in your nether regions, which can lead to serious illness if untreated.
Bacteria thrive in areas that aren't washed. Think about it, we make sure to wash our hands after we defecate. Why wouldn’t we do the same thing down below where it’s even dirtier than your hands? It makes a lot of sense to use water when washing your hands and down below.
Bidets help prevent UTI's and other common infections. Regularly cleaning your privates with clean water will reduce the likelihood of harmful bacteria sticking to the skin. Millions of women and men will experience a UTI in their lifetime and a bidet can help them avoid infections.
Who knew something as simple as washing with water can be so helpful in preventing infections?
Now let’s talk about what can lead to an infection. Believe it or not, toilet paper is one of the leading causes! It can become contaminated with disease-causing bacteria from someone who carelessly used the toilet and touched the toilet paper. Also, toilet paper is often full of dyes, odors and abrasives. These can be harmful to your health if you suffer from allergies or sensitive skin. Washing with a bidet will help remove the residue from your behind without the risk of contamination.
Self Cleaning Features
Bidet toilet seats are equipped with self-cleaning wands that retract inside when not in use. Before and after use, they go through a cleaning process that showers them in clean, fresh water. In addition, bidet toilet seats are polished so water can glide off easily, preventing unsightly spots and stains.
How to Further Clean a Bidet
1. The bidet automatically cleans the spray nozzle before and after each use, but if you want to do it yourself, there is a nozzle cleaning button for an on-demand wash. Does our bidet have this? I’m not sure
2. Your bidet toilet seat can be completely removed for cleaning or maintenance by simply pressing the Quick Release button on the side and sliding it off the mounting plate. This will allow you to tackle those hard-to-reach locations with soap and water so you can keep your whole toilet sparkling clean.
If you want a deeper clean, here are more detailed instructions on how to clean a bidet toilet seat.