As a rule, bidets get a bad rap in America. It’s unfortunate, especially considering how wildly popular they are in other parts of the world. In fact, many Europeans turn their noses up at the thought of toilet paper, the same way Americans do with bidets! To help cast bidets in a favorable light (where they belong), here are four things you should know:
1. Saving the environment just became a little easier. A recent article in Scientific American said that Americans use 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper each year. Do the math, and that adds up to 15 million trees being cut down – for toilet paper alone – each year. On top of that, think of all of the energy and resources that are used in the paper pulping and toilet paper creation phase. Then, tack on all of the gas used in the transportation process (and don’t forget the CO2!). Bidets effectively get rid of all of that!
2. They’re easy on the pocket. There are over 30 models of bidets that cost less than $100. Sure, some of them can cost as much as $3,780, but a cheaper model still does the job just fine. Plus, there are bidet attachments that cost even less.
3. No need to get rid of your current toilet.Bidet attachments are a great way of achieving the results of a standard bidet, but without having to get rid of the toilet you already have (and probably love). As an added bonus, bidet attachments are typically much cheaper and easier to install than full bidets models.
4. Greatly reduce the spread of germs. With bidets (and bidet attachments, of course), there’s no hand-to-rear contact. As a result, fewer germs are spread by hands. It is estimated that bidets reduce the spread of germs by 80 percent or more, which is a pretty staggering argument on their behalf in and of itself.