Bidets aren’t popular in America, but they’re incredibly popular almost everywhere else in the world. Ever since Justin heard about Japan’s Happy Toilet, he’s been dying to get one. Since buying the house, we’ve been doing some home upgrades that are better for the environment. We got a new low flow toilet and a bidet attachment. (It’s really difficult for me to write this post without giggling like a little kid) The attachment does not use electricity and only cost around $50.00. I would highly recommend buying one both for cleanliness and saving toilet paper. Even if you’re renting, you can take the attachment with you so you won’t lose your investment. It’s very easy to install and uninstall.
Bidets originated in France in the 1700’s. We've graduated from hand application to water pumps to modern remote controls. Bidet attachments, in America, are most popular with the elderly, people who suffer from arthritis, or anyone who has difficulty turning. They help cut down on urinary tract infections, passing diseases, and wash things away rather than wiping bacteria in and around your skin. It’s just much more effective and sanitary, I promise. Plus you'll be saving toilet paper and water. (a roll of toilet paper takes 37 gallons of water to make!)
How does it work?
The dials control the temperature and the strength of the water stream. A small stream of water comes out of the back and sprays around and/or in your butt hole to wash away anything that may be left behind after you finish your business. Ladies, if you lean forward, you can also clean your vagina - optimal for that time of the month.
So what’s the real dirty scoop:
Americans use 8 million tons of toilet paper a year. Natural forest habitats that have been around for 100’s of years are being destroyed to keep up with demand. We cannot create and re-grow that biome fast enough to make-up for the emissions. They aren’t using recycled products, they’re using virgin pulp. If every US house used just one roll of 100% of post consumer recycled TP a year it would save 423,900 trees! That is huge!
More disturbing facts: most toilet paper is bleached. In this processed, it is steeped in dioxins and furins. Both have been linked to cancer are poisonous to you, me, waterways, soil, and the food chain. Side effects include: hormone alterations, immune system impairments, reduced fertitlity, and birth defects. Try and opt for unbleached toilet paper.
People wonder why we’re seeing so many health problems, but look around us. Harmful chemicals are influencing everything we ingest and absorb. We’re introduced to 1000’s of unseen chemicals every day. And, while we shouldn’t be terrified of everything, we should be looking for ways to cut back on what is directly influencing us.
What do you think about the bidet? Would you try one?