By: Connor Sacco
Americans do not seem to understand the function of a bidet. Even seasoned travelers seem dumbfounded by these mystical smart toilets found frequently across Europe and Asia. But why is it that these wash basins have never taken off in America? Keep reading to learn more about the wonderful bidet toilet!
With the rising popularity of smart toilets in Japan, the popularity of bidets is also on the rise. Bidets are plumbing fixtures that are used for cleaning your nether regions. Bidets are usually attached to toilets, but can also be used to separate sinks or shower nozzles. The classic bidet is a miniature, bathtub-like fixture situated next to the toilet, with taps on one end. Its’ tub is filled with water, and the user straddles themselves over it to wash below the belt.
Despite their large popularity in Japan, bidets were invented in France in the 17th century. However, at the time, bidets had a different use. Back then, they believed bidets could be used for contraception. They didn’t become what they’re used for today until the 20th century. Bidets became popular in Japan in the early 1980s with the invention of the smart toilet.
In some cultures, it’s customary for the use of water in the cleansing of excretion (or better known as poop). One of which is Islam, in which there are strict rules advising the use of bidets. They’re also very common in Europe. Some European countries require that all toilets must be accompanied with bidets. Bidets are also popular with older people and people with physical disabilities due to their helpfulness when it comes to using the toilet. But bidets can be used by anyone. They may not be for you, but when it comes down to it, bidets are good for hygiene and they reduce the need for toilet paper. Be ready though, because it feels very weird to first time users.
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