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Bidet Use Then and Now
It comes as a surprise to many that the bidet, today such a high-tech device, is actually an older technology. What is not a surprise however, is its country of origin. Originally a basin similar in shape to a bed pan was used for freshening up after using the toilet, the term bidet is a borrowed word from French - but for Americans bidet use never caught on.
Not often considered one of mankind's most eco-friendly inventions, it remains still mysterious to some. Hopefully bidet use can be demystified here. To answer all the questions you were too polite to ask, reasons to use a standard and bidet toilet combo can be answered here. There is in fact nothing secretive or shocking about this pleasant, practical toilet accessory.
Commonplace around the world, bidet use originally spread during Colonization. Imperial Britain, France, and other Europeans introduced the basin bidet in India, across the Middle East, and as far as South America. Anywhere that water could be found in great supply, bidet use could be justified. Akin to taking time for afternoon tea, bidet use was a habit commonplace for mid-century Western Europeans.
Newest Version: Bidet Toilet Combo
What notably makes bidet use so interesting is that only in its most modern form can it be found as an integrated part of a toilet seat- the bidet toilet combo. Older versions are a stand alone fixture. Travelers unfamiliar with its form, what appears to be a sort of second toilet, may have mistaken it for a foot bath or low lying drinking fountain. The two-in-one bidet toilet seat has solved the matter for any confused bathroom user who might try to ignore the additional features of the bathroom they are visiting. Some bidet toilet combo models are even automated and heated.
With the bidet toilet seat, the bathroom user is introduced to the process, but may be unaware of how advanced the toilet seat beneath them is. Most versions have buttons next to the seat to regulate pressure, time duration, even angle and direction of the refreshing spray. And should the user choose to skip toilet paper, an additional button signals an automated dryer, similar to a hand or hair dryer, but without a harsh and alarming noise. Every aspect of bidet use is enjoyable, even more so when the activity happens all in one place, the intention of the bidet toilet combo.
Why not America?
It is rare for a technology to be so widely known, useful, and even enjoyable, yet not accepted by such a entrepreneurial-minded country like America. Hesitation to adapt this toilet technology may come from the early issue in America of water being in short supply, so in the American West, this coveted resource was meant for drinking. An alternate explanation fitting its self-image as a country with a rugged past, is that it rejected bourgeois habits associated with class divisions of continental Europe. However, bidet use need not be so political. Bidets are revolutionary for reasons of personal hygiene, but many customers say more importantly they address environmental stewardship. Enjoying a gentle stream of water against the bottom after finishing up business is almost a personal contribution benefiting the common good, much like turning off the lights when you leave a room or recycling.
Convincing the Skeptic
Relieving oneself is a routine part of being alive, but bidet use today can offer a multisensory reminder that there needn't be anything routine about the experience. The most useful inventions are those that improve the human experience, even if just marginally.
The warming joy of a bidet toilet combo seat is found in the heating element that welcomes the user to relax, even if for a moment as they take comfort in knowing their needs are being met. For some medical cases, bidet use is encouraged, as it is seen as a hygienic preventive measure against lingering bacteria.
Perhaps today the culture largely remains without bidet use due to their belief that there aren't many ways to improve the classic toilet seat. Though consumers unfamiliar with this technology judge it is an unnecessary luxury, the benefits are quickly apparent.
As many consumers deliberate how to reduce their carbon footprint, it is not usually the necessities of life that are up for consideration. Paper plates, disposable styrofoam coffee cups, absolutely. Paper towels, even, are a debatable luxury, but toilet paper? The original version, foliage, is also a use of natural resources. A solution to harvesting trees for toilet paper is bidet use.
Where bidet use really has caught on are nations that have aligned themselves with climate concerns through their interest with limited renewable natural resources. If the spotlessness of one's derriere is not a selling point of a bidet toilet seat, many can get behind the idea that bidet use is undoubtedly an environmentally friendly alternative to family packs of toilet paper - not to mention a sound financial decision. No matter how many recycled products went into one roll of organically produced TP, nothing is more organic than a good old water spray followed with a warmed woosh of drying air.
Electronic: Heater and Dryer
The sensible citizen of today may be concerned that bidet use is limited and not a sensible purchase. As mentioned earlier, this technology can actually save the customer money in the long run, and convenience, avoiding late evening trips to the grocery store for toilet paper. Bidet use is convenient. A gentle spray of cleansing water after restroom activities makes some customers feel as fresh as stepping out of a quick rinse in the shower. Models can be designed and ordered with both men and women in mind, offering a rinse after number one as well.