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!
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!!!
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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