A Bidet Along The Way

IST tries to be informative as well as educational….so in that vane I thought I would tackle a bathroom fixture.

There is an international restroom fixture that we Americans cannot seem to grasp….the BIDET.

What the hell is a Bidet?

Essentially, there are two types of bidets. The standalone one – it’s a washbasin that you use to clean your genitals and anal area after using the toilet, which you have to clean after and the add-ons……

We Americans usually take something then turn it into a unique form of Americanism….however the Bidet has never been embraced by Americans…..why is that exactly?

“It’s been completely Americanized!” my host declares proudly. “The bidet is gone!” In my time as a travel editor, this scenario has become common when touring improvements to hotels and resorts around the world. My heart sinks when I hear it. To me, this doesn’t feel like progress, but prejudice.

Americans seem especially baffled by these basins. Even seasoned American travelers are unsure of their purpose: One globe-trotter asked me, “Why do the bathrooms in this hotel have both toilets and urinals?” And even if they understand the bidet’s function, Americans often fail to see its appeal. Attempts to popularize the bidet in the United States have failed before, but recent efforts continue—and perhaps they might even succeed in bringing this Old World device to new backsides.


Now that I have introduced some to apiece of restroom equipment the question now is…how do I use this?

Proper use in 10 steps…..


Your education is now complete…..you are a Jedi.


8 thoughts on “A Bidet Along The Way

  1. The first time I went to France was on a school trip, when I was 11 years old.
    We went in to use the toilets, and one of my pals sat on a bidet, (not knowing what it was) and did his business. After, he went to find a teacher, asking if he could show him how to flush it, as he couldn’t find a chain or handle!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I could never afford (Nor would I ever want) one of those ridiculous, over-the-top, Japanese things. Just way to “conspicuous consumption” for me. I feel obscenely over-privileged just shitting into water far more drinkable than half the world’s population is forced to drink. However, I DO have a bidet.

    One day, the old crapper finally crapped-out and I had to buy a new toilet. I went to a small, locally owned, bathroom hardware store and settled on a nice dual-flush one that would cut my sky-high water bill. The store owner asked me, “You like that model? Hey, for an extra $25, I can give you the floor model. It’s the exact same toilet, but it has a Bidet function built in.”

    It’s fantastic!!! Not to get too graphic, but it’s like getting a “rim-job” from a dolphin. It’s probably the best $25 bucks I ever spent. It shoots warmed water and has an LED night-light for those 3AM trips I don’t want the bright lights on for. More importantly, my toilet paper costs have dropped about 50% and my water bill is down considerably too. Well worth the $25.

      1. Yeah, it was hooked into the hot water supply line that’s on a re-circulating pump, so it’s always warm…which is pretty important to it’s function. You don’t want to get hit there with ice-cold water.

        I don’t know what these things actually cost. But I’m sure if it wasn’t a small, local owned, plumbing store (There are still a few around, thank goodness!), I doubt I’d have gotten such a deal. I have a hunch the Bidet model costs almost twice as much the regular model. So it ain’t cheap.

        I think I may check & see if it’s still working later today…

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