We have grown to love toilet paper so much that we (falsely) believe that living without it is virtually impossible. However, people from the Middle East to far-flung Japan seldom use toilet paper.
Their alternative? In short, the bidet had caught on in these parts of the world centuries ago and its presence is still felt.
In, the toilet culture of this medieval French invention is making its way to the West, conquering out lavatories one toilet at a time.
Although we might associate the bidet with the feeling of awkwardness, modern bidets are nothing like the original design. Apart from being stylish, a bidet is the ideal substitute for toilet paper and all the health benefits of eliminating toilet paper.
One of the biggest downsides to toilet paper is its rough surface. No matter how much cellulose it contains, it is still going to irritate the skin around your private parts.
Since this is the area you are most vulnerable at, using too much toilet paper or rubbing too hard can cause skin irritation and redness. We are (still) not speaking of people with sensitive skin or skin conditions but ordinary folk like you and me who just want to finish using the toilet as soon as possible.
If we add germs that are airborne around the toilet bowl, it becomes clear why toilet paper is a source of potential disease and discomfort.
Enough for anyone to consider the alternative and that alternative is water. The concept of a bidet includes the use of a soothing mild jet of warm water that cleans your bottom and intimate parts.
After you are finished using a bidet, you wash your hands just as you would after using a regular toilet. That is why any claims that a bidet is unsanitary can go down the chute.
Those in need
So far, we have only been discussing healthy people but have you ever thought about how does a visit to the bathroom look for a person with hemorrhoids. There is no need to imagine such a gruesome scene, as one phrase describes it fittingly: painful as hell!
The experience can be so traumatic for people with various skin conditions that they almost exclusively us bidets instead of toilet paper. Even on their travels or guest visits, they carry a portable bidet.
Apart from people whose skin gets irritated easily, pregnant women are another category of bidet users. They prefer this bathroom fixture because simply applying toilet paper requires too much acrobatics.
It is easy for a healthy male, for instance, to turn his waist but pregnant ladies find this motion extremely difficult, uncomfortable, and even painful at times. That is why a bidet is much more useful because you down have to twist your torso but merely move your hand downwards.
People of all ages will benefit from eliminating toilet paper but the age group that will benefit the most are senior citizens. They often reside in nursing homes where they need the help of medical staff to use the toilet.
A bidet allows them to move lees, like pregnant women and be able to carry out all the (dirty) task themselves. This increases their independence and boosts their self-esteem in the long run.
More than a toilet
You can have the fanciest looking toilet bowl, but the need to use toilet paper will render any bowl plain as they come. Since a bidet’s design is not attached to the use of toilet paper, it can experiment when it comes to add-ons and luxury features.
For once, most bidets are equipped with a seat warmer that will make using the toilet during winter a pleasure, rather than a chilly experience.
Furthermore, a typical Japanese toilet seat comes with a built-in air dryer that you can regulate using the same remote as for the nozzles. The high-end models even feature a LED display on the controller that is often attached to the side of the seat.
Speaking of LEDs, the most impressive feature is perhaps the LED strip that goes inside the bowl. It comes in various colors and it is strong enough to illuminate the path to the bidet without the need to turn the light on and wake up everybody else in the house.
What about the environment
Speaking about personal hygiene and health, we cannot be that inconsiderate not to mention the environmental impact toilet paper has.
Unless you run a photocopy office from your home, toilet paper makes around 90% off your household’s need or paper. The remaining 10% percent goes on paper kitchen towels whose use is also questionable.
As we all know, paper is made from wood and there is a deficiency of natural forest nowadays. Trees have to be fallen down, taken to timber yards and then processes in plants before they assume the form of a toilet paper roll we know and (no longer) love.
Include the cost of transportation to and fro your local supermarket and you get huge energy waste, considering the fact that there is a paperless alternative in the form of a bidet.
Money can buy health
Of course, we know well enough that money cannot buy us health, longevity not happiness but that doesn’t mean that we should waste it. A typical 4-member household uses about 120 paper rolls a year, which translates into a lot of money in the long run.
Basically, you are giving this money not for a commodity but for a luxury, as there is a viable and budget alternative to toilet paper.
As we have stated earlier, a bidet uses only water to operate, which means your costs will be down from the very start of using it.
The same that you make using a bidet can go in the improvement of our health. As a bonus, you will no longer be tagging along with those cumbersome toilet paper packages every time you visit the supermarket.
As you have seen from the argument provided above, eliminating toilet paper does come with a lot of benefits. Some are monetary in nature, some are in regard to stylishness but the biggest benefits have to do with improving your general health.