After using the toilet we have two basic choices for cleaning ourselves; we can wipe ourselves with conventional toilet paper or embrace the Bidet Culture and wash off with a bidet toilet. The need to clean ourselves is not a new dilemma; we have always tried to keep ourselves clean and germ-free after using the toilet. What’s new is the options available for cleaning. Back in ancient times, the solution was using corn cob husks, leaves, or sponges. As we evolved we used newspapers or the Sears Shopping Catalog.
While we know that cleaning with water is the best solution; Americans have not yet embraced the idea of using a bidet toilet. This is somewhat surprising since the Bidet Culture throughout the rest of the world encompasses a large percentage of the population. Let’s take a look:
The French have been widely credited for inventing the Bidet in the early 1700’s. One version of the story is that a French furniture maker, Christophe Des Rosiers, created a bidet for the Royal Family. Common bathing practice at the time was to bathe only once a week. The Bidet could be used daily to keep you clean. The Bidet Culture spread quickly through the rest of Europe. This explains why you will find bidets in over 90 percent of bathrooms in Spain, Italy, and Greece.
Europeans may not have been the first to practice cleaning with water. In Muslim countries around the world, washing with water is a religious practice. In this region a Bidet is known as a Shattaf meaning “washer”. Most Muslims are well accustomed to using water for personal hygiene and have coined the phrase “Muslim Shower” when referring to a Shattaf.
Bidets are very popular in Asia as well. In Japan over 70 percent of homes have a bidet in their bathrooms, yet only 30 percent of Japanese homes have a dishwasher. Apparently the Japanese are more concerned about a clean bottom than they are about their pots and pans.
It is quite surprising that Americans have not caught up to the rest of the world in adopting the Bidet Culture. It stems from a time when space was a premium when building new homes. Bathrooms simply did not have the space to accommodate both a toilet and a separate bidet.
With the development of the “Bidet Toilet”, a combination Bidet & Toilet, the argument that a bidet takes up too much space is no longer valid. Americans are now embracing the Bidet Culture and often realize the benefits beyond simple hygiene such as, treatment and prevention of urinary tract infections, relief for cramps & hemorrhoids, and soothing relief for inflammatory bowel diseases.
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