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    Do you have a bidet in your bathroom? Would you put one in?

    The U.S. has long prided itself on being a cleanliness-first nation. All throughout my childhood, I heard about "dirty" Europeans and "smelly" French folk. My school friends, and sometimes even their parents, would joke about how women in other countries didn't shave legs or armpits and how glad they were that kind of behavior didn't fly in America ? unless one was a "dirty" hippie, that is.

    We have been through the toxic wringer and back in attempting to keep our homes not only sparkling clean, but germ-free (which very well might be contributing to supergerms and auto-immune diseases per the "hygiene hypothesis"). And we spend tons of money in pursuit of that elusive state. Thankfully, many of us have realized the irony of bringing a plethora of chemicals into our homes to make it "clean," and nontoxic product use is on the rise. Nonetheless, we are still a dirt- and germ-avoiding nation.

    Which is why it has always surprised me that bidets ? which can be separate basins or integrated into a regular toilet (if one is lacking space) ? are so uncommon in America.

    After all, what could be cleaner than actually washing oneself after using the bathroom? Relying on toilet paper is often insufficient, and not only does extra TP usage mean toilet clogging is more common, it is clearly wasteful to use TP for a job that's beyond its powers. Bidets are a far greener solution to using reams of extra toilet paper to make sure you're clean.

    And ironically, bidets save water too (even though they use it). How? Well, think about how many times you have taken a full-on shower when you didn't really need one, because you felt a bit sweaty (after sports), uncomfortable (from wearing restrictive clothing), or just not clean down below (after sex)? (Or for women, while menstruating?). Not only is it a hassle and a time-waster to take more than one shower a day, but it's a waste of water and fossil fuels for all that extra hot water.

    Bidets are found throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia (especially Japan) and pretty commonly in South America (basically everywhere besides the U.S., Canada and Australia), but I know exactly one person who has one, and he is originally from South Africa.

    But bidets are growing in popularity in the U.S. - the Toto Washlet being a specific brand that is popping up in all kinds of home renovations and new buildings. (I've seen them featured on house-hunting shows on TLC as well as in listings for NYC apartments; for now they are always considered a "perk" or "extra.") Here's one trend I hope will trickle down ? pun intended.

    The next time I know I'll be living somewhere for more than a year, I'm going to invest in an in-toilet unit bidet for myself and my partner. How about you: would you consider a bidet during your next bathroom upgrade?
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    Gross... just baby wipe...
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    Yes, we have a bidet. It's great.

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    I don't have a bidet and have never used one. I would consider it though if I were building or renovating.

    My husband works in new constructions and bidets are definitely becoming more common in the higher end houses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starryblue702 View Post
    Gross... just baby wipe...
    Why gross? What's gross about being more clean?

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    Umm, never heard of them before? No, we don't have one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris_w View Post
    Why gross? What's gross about being more clean?
    Good question.
    I also wonder how you would handle the baby wipe? Take it to the garbage after pulling your pants up? Flush it down the toilet even though you aren't supposed to? What do plumbers say when they go to some woman's house after she's flushed baby wipes down and they've built up in the pipes?

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    They do make flushable wet wipes.....

    Never used a bidet, but can't say I'm opposed to one. Definitely won't knock it until I try it.

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    I'd love to have a bidet. I wash Jace's bottom on the toilet when he goes #2, so a bidet would make that a lot easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blather View Post
    Good question.
    I also wonder how you would handle the baby wipe? Take it to the garbage after pulling your pants up? Flush it down the toilet even though you aren't supposed to? What do plumbers say when they go to some woman's house after she's flushed baby wipes down and they've built up in the pipes?
    Keep a trash can near the toilet for the many things that you have to throw away while going to the RR. TMI, but I keep a peri bottle near by at home.

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