19 votes

It’s time to get on the bidet train, America

25 comments

  1. mrbig
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    The Stuff You Should Know podcast has an excellent episode on this very subject.

    The Stuff You Should Know podcast has an excellent episode on this very subject.

    4 votes
  2. [16]
    ThiccPad
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    I don't feel clean without wet wipe One of the reason why i avoid public toilet as much as possible Single ply being the other

    I don't feel clean without wet wipe

    One of the reason why i avoid public toilet as much as possible

    Single ply being the other

    3 votes
    1. [8]
      Algernon_Asimov
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      I hope you don't flush these. You know they clog up the sewers, right?

      I don't feel clean without wet wipe

      I hope you don't flush these. You know they clog up the sewers, right?

      8 votes
      1. [7]
        krg
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        People often have little trash cans next to their toilets.

        People often have little trash cans next to their toilets.

        3 votes
        1. [5]
          cfabbro
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          People often don't realize that wet wipes shouldn't be flushed either though (e.g. my sister didn't at first)... so it's a valid concern to bring up, IMO.

          People often don't realize that wet wipes shouldn't be flushed either though (e.g. my sister didn't at first)... so it's a valid concern to bring up, IMO.

          2 votes
          1. [4]
            krg
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            A little unfair to assume Thiccpad is unaware. Well, at least with the tone Algernon_Asimov presented. Maybe I’m reading too much into a conversation about ass-wipes, tho.

            A little unfair to assume Thiccpad is unaware. Well, at least with the tone Algernon_Asimov presented.

            Maybe I’m reading too much into a conversation about ass-wipes, tho.

            4 votes
            1. [3]
              cfabbro
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              If you're going to give thiccpad the benefit of the doubt, I don't see why algernon doesn't deserve the same, and I personally didn't read any hostility in his comment. It struck me as just trying...

              If you're going to give thiccpad the benefit of the doubt, I don't see why algernon doesn't deserve the same, and I personally didn't read any hostility in his comment. It struck me as just trying to inform someone who potentially may not know, is all. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

              5 votes
              1. [2]
                Algernon_Asimov
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                Don't bother trying to defend me. Thank you, but it's a waste of time.

                Don't bother trying to defend me. Thank you, but it's a waste of time.

                3 votes
                1. cfabbro
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                  You and I may bump heads a fair amount, but even still ❤️ :)

                  You and I may bump heads a fair amount, but even still ❤️ :)

                  1 vote
        2. Algernon_Asimov
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          And they put their shitty wipes in the bin? Sounds unhygienic to me. Also smelly.

          And they put their shitty wipes in the bin? Sounds unhygienic to me. Also smelly.

          1 vote
    2. [6]
      AugustusFerdinand
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      Which a bidet would replace...

      I don't feel clean without wet wipe

      Which a bidet would replace...

      6 votes
      1. [5]
        mrbig
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        Not really. Bidet users still wipe.

        Not really. Bidet users still wipe.

        2 votes
        1. [4]
          AugustusFerdinand
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          Not with a wet wipe.

          Not with a wet wipe.

          1 vote
          1. [3]
            mrbig
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            Wet wipes are not commonly used for that purpose here in Brazil unless you are a baby, but there's nothing stopping you from doing so.

            Wet wipes are not commonly used for that purpose here in Brazil unless you are a baby, but there's nothing stopping you from doing so.

            2 votes
            1. [2]
              AugustusFerdinand
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              There's nothing stopping people from using newspaper either, doesn't change the fact that the context was wet wipe vs bidet.

              There's nothing stopping people from using newspaper either, doesn't change the fact that the context was wet wipe vs bidet.

              3 votes
              1. mrbig
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                I understand. I think the context is wrong. It's based on a false dilemma.

                I understand. I think the context is wrong. It's based on a false dilemma.

                1 vote
    3. mrbig
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      I have a bidet and I still wipe, but only after using the bide. I use much fewer wipes because of that. I believe most people do the same.

      I have a bidet and I still wipe, but only after using the bide. I use much fewer wipes because of that. I believe most people do the same.

      2 votes
  3. [8]
    envy
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    Ewww. Edit: Turns out I am culturally ignorant, and this is normal in some cultures.

    Conversely, bidets require no toilet paper or just a little to dry off, which can also be achieved with a hand towel.

    Ewww.

    Edit: Turns out I am culturally ignorant, and this is normal in some cultures.

    2 votes
    1. [7]
      Gyrfalcon
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      I don't think they mean the same towel you dry your hands with, but probably a set of hand towel sized or wash cloth sized towels that you throw in the wash with a generous helping of bleach....

      I don't think they mean the same towel you dry your hands with, but probably a set of hand towel sized or wash cloth sized towels that you throw in the wash with a generous helping of bleach. Plus, the bidet (reportedly, I've yet to try one but I want to) gets your butt much cleaner than paper would have, so there's not really much fecal matter to get on the towel (or small bit of paper if it really skeeves you out).

      7 votes
      1. mrbig
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        I have a bidet, it’s very common here. We don’t use towels on our assess :P Just a bit of toilet paper. It’s clean, practical and eco friendly. It’s also good for the health of our bottoms.

        I have a bidet, it’s very common here. We don’t use towels on our assess :P Just a bit of toilet paper. It’s clean, practical and eco friendly. It’s also good for the health of our bottoms.

        6 votes
      2. [4]
        envy
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        I use a bidet. The idea of wiping my ass with a hand towel is very strange to me. Does one share the ass towel with family? If it's a thing, please do tell me, and I will be careful of which hand...

        I use a bidet.

        The idea of wiping my ass with a hand towel is very strange to me.

        Does one share the ass towel with family?

        If it's a thing, please do tell me, and I will be careful of which hand towels I use when I am a guest in anothers abode.

        Edited to be less inflammatory.

        3 votes
        1. SantalBlush
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          Yes, it's similar to a hand towel that you find next to the sink. The ass towel hangs on a hook next to the toilet, so you use it and hang it back up. Wash it about once every two weeks. Edit: Due...

          Yes, it's similar to a hand towel that you find next to the sink. The ass towel hangs on a hook next to the toilet, so you use it and hang it back up. Wash it about once every two weeks.

          Edit: Due to the above edits, I should clarify that I was being completely facetious.

          4 votes
        2. [2]
          Gyrfalcon
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          People who are super committed to zero waste do things that others find gross sometimes. I would envision having enough wash cloth sized kind of rags that each one is only used once before it's...

          People who are super committed to zero waste do things that others find gross sometimes. I would envision having enough wash cloth sized kind of rags that each one is only used once before it's washed. I guess in the strictest sense you're still sharing them with others but it's washed in between. Kept and washed separately from hand dying towels though, and I would definitely provide toilet paper for guests.

          3 votes
          1. NaraVara
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            Basically. Here's an example I suppose, in theory, it's basically just a cloth diaper that you don't have to wear all day. So if you're already used to handling cloth diapers it shouldn't be too...

            I would envision having enough wash cloth sized kind of rags that each one is only used once before it's washed.

            Basically. Here's an example

            I suppose, in theory, it's basically just a cloth diaper that you don't have to wear all day. So if you're already used to handling cloth diapers it shouldn't be too bad. But I have no idea how you deal with the smell when disposing of the things. You'd need a very airtight disposal container, but that would also inhibit letting the cloth dry, out which would be important for hygiene since moisture promotes microbial growth.

            2 votes
      3. Gaywallet
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        You don't need to bleach away poop, it's organic matter so soap (or detergent) is all you need to do a fantastic job of dissolving it.

        with a generous helping of bleach

        You don't need to bleach away poop, it's organic matter so soap (or detergent) is all you need to do a fantastic job of dissolving it.

        1 vote