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I want a bidet like this



but it makes your butt wet.

How do you use it?  Do you have a special bum towel?  Or dry with toilet paper?

The water looks cold.  Is it a problem?

 
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I want to know more about this too.

This is going to be a gross question, sorry.  Does it take care of sticky post-vindaloo mess or does one need to wipe first, then wash, then dry?

I feel a bit like the first time one encounters the three seashells.  This is all very new to me.

 
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raven ranson wrote:
I feel a bit like the first time one encounters the three seashells.



I sometimes wonder about those seashells when I must use a public restroom.
 
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I've not used the bidets at any of the restrooms I've been to because I too am unsure how the drying off part of the deal works, lol. However, I can tell you they're much in use in the Middle Eastern places I've visited. All of the bathrooms get pretty wet on the floors and the floors almost always have drains in them for this reason, even in the private residence apartments. They seem to be extremely handy for staying fresh in very hot environments but the whole 'what to do about the wet bum' issue confounds me, lol. Commenting here just so I can keep up with replies. Hope we have a seasoned user hop in to clear up the mystery!
 
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My first was a surprise. I was in an AirBnB, and I didn't know it was installed in the toilet. I reached for the toilet paper, and it squirted me in the bum! I nearly jumped through the ceiling!

Ever since, I have wanted one at home. I always wiped with toilet paper post-bidet spray, just because of the wet bum issue. I wouldn't be sanguine with a communal wet bum towel, and air drying would take too long. Plus, having been raised to toilet paper, I would be worried about how good a job that jet of water was doing.

Though I think that even if it only cuts paper usage by half, it's still a great idea.

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in homes with a bidet there is often a bidet towel (usually it's dark, if you're in Europe and there is a small dark-colored towel, that's the butt towel, don't use it for your face or your host will get upset).
If you're in a place with no bidet towel, you could dry off with less TP than you would normally use, as CK mentions (i also have the same concerns about "just in case"). I installed one in my house a few years ago (mine not a bidet, but rather a "butt gun" that is a hose installed beside the toilet; in the US I've heard about this model of "insta-bidet" that seems pretty cool https://hellotushy.com/pages/how-does-a-bidet-work ). Obviously the amount of worry about a clean caboose is connected to what your diet and consequent output is like, but it is a rather shallow learning curve, easy to figure out.
the way it worked out here is that I bought washcloths to use after urinating (it's really just me, home office, were there multiple people I suppose there would have to be more of a system), and then use minimal paper after #2. It's super and when I travel I really miss it.  

@Chris Kott, I got attacked by a stealth bidet in Japan. Not cool is an understatement!!!
 
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Thanks for posting this! I've been curious for a long time. Like ever since Crocodile Dundee washed his feet! I've no idea why it never occurred to me, just how much better for the environment it would be, because I always just guessed you'd still have to use the tp to dry of with.
 
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I've always been kind of scared of bidets. Thanks for the info! They're a bit less...weird...to me now.
 
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In India many people still prefer to wash with water rather than wipe with paper. I'm not so happy with the wet crotch phenomenon, though. Usually it's a sprayer attached next to the toilet, exactly like the sprayers on kitchen sinks in the US, and they get water everywhere, so that trying to dry off with toilet paper is messy, uses a lot of toilet paper, and still leaves dampness in your clothing.

But in some houses I've seen these toilet seats with a built in very narrow focused "jet spray" that I like better. It sprays such a narrow jet of water right across the middle of the seat that you don't get water on the non-target areas. After this, drying with paper is possible.

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We used the ones in Japan a few times.

They had a toilet/bidet combo to typically save on space, with a consol on the side: buttons for men and women - the angle of the dangle issues - and a dial to change the temperature of the water. It also blew warm air to dry off on different settings.

The routine was to: do the deed, wipe with paper, then use the console to wash and dry.

I'm surprised there wasn't a pre-recorded message advising a job well done and a pleasant 'konnichiwa'!

The complexity of the console would rival the helm on the Star Trek Ship Enterprise.

It took a bit of fiddling because all the instructions were typically in Japanese.

The three traps for beginners were the warm air and water pressure adjustments, and the male/female buttons.

If selected too high the warm air could dehydrate a date and the water pressure provide a reasonable alternative to a colonoscopy.

And, if you're a male, advise not using the female button unless you wish to experience a very different sensation that definitely wasn't sensational!
 
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It seems to be one of those you stick in a toilette? A piece of crap, a real bidet has hot and cold water supply so you can adjust the water temperature to your ass/etc needs. A toilet has just cold water as it doesn't need hot water. So depending on where you are and the date, washing with cold water is a really stupid idea...;-(
 
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A solution to the drying issue?

 
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Mike Homest wrote:So depending on where you are and the date, washing with cold water is a really stupid idea...;-(


This was exactly what my spouse said when I installed it (he is very anti-bidet). Here it gets cold, not like polar vortex cold, but 55F in the office and the bathroom is colder if the window is open, and we don't have hot water in the bathroom (except the shower, which uses an electric unit on the shower itself). And yet, I've had this thing for a good 3 years, and am surprised to report that the cold water hasn't been an issue at all. Then again i'm a barbarian and also wash my face with cold water, so who knows.
 
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