I have recently started using a bidet and I love how clean I feel after going to the bathroom. It didn’t take long to get used to this awesome feeling. So the question arose – what can I do when I don’t have access to a bidet and want to get ultra-clean?
For example when I am traveling or simply visiting friends that don’t have one in their house. Or maybe you are one of those people that would love to have a bidet but for various reasons can’t install one in your bathroom.
Luckily, it turns out there are some bidet alternatives and surprisingly good ones. In this article, we will go over what the alternatives are when you are faced with cleaning up and don’t have a bidet.
The best alternative to a bidet when you don’t have access to one is a portable bidet. Portable bidets will clean your anus and/or genitals with water just like a normal bidet would. It is small in size and doesn’t require installation which makes it a great option for traveling or even for homes where bidet installation is not possible.
The basic idea of a portable bidet is to use a container that is filled with water and has a nozzle on its end. You squeeze the water through a tiny hole in the nozzle that makes it come out under pressure and enables you to clean yourself.
There are several main types of portable bidets out there:
Non-electric portable bidet bottles
This type comes in two versions. The first one is a bottle-like water container with a nozzle attached to it. And the second version is just a nozzle that you would screw onto your own standard single-use plastic water bottle.
The basic idea here is that you would fill up the bottle part with water before each use and then manually squeeze the bottle to get the water out.
Electric portable bidets
Electric portable bidet consists of the water container part and a nozzle that is attached to it. You would fill up the container with water for each use and then get the water out by pressing a button. Electric portable bidets are powered by batteries that are either single-use or rechargeable with a USB cable depending on the brand.
Portable bidets pros and cons
- Small enough to fit in your suitcase, backpack, or purse
- Easy to use
- Doesn’t require installation
- Doesn’t require electricity to work
- Will work anywhere – at home, at the hotel, RV, in a public bathroom, or even while camping in the woods as long as you have access to water.
- Can be used with cold or warm water (when warm water is available)
- Limited amount of water it can carry before it needs to be refilled. Shouldn’t be a big deal unless you have a big mess to clean.
- Some models can be too bulky to fit in a woman’s purse.
How to use a portable bidet?
It may not be clear right away how exactly to use a portable bidet. And that’s ok, I’ve got you covered.
You would want to fill up your portable bidet with water before sitting down on the toilet so you won’t have to get up to get it later. When you are ready to use the bidet just position the nozzle behind your buttocks so that the end of the bottle is pointing to the anus.
If you are not sure you are aiming it right for the first few times, point the nozzle to where the buttocks split. This way the water will drip down the skin and won’t splash where you don’t want it to. That’s it. Just continue to squeeze until you are out of water or you feel clean.
If you still have doubts about the process here is a helpful video I found on how to use a portable bidet bottle.
How to clean and maintain a portable bidet?
To ensure you are happy with your portable bidet for a long time make sure to clean it as needed. If your bidet comes with cleaning instructions make sure you follow the instructions. For example, it may be less obvious how to approach the electric bidet cleaning as the electric parts are involved.
With a non-electric bidet just use water and mild soap as needed. You may want to give the nozzle a scrub with an old toothbrush once in a while.
It is better to refill your portable bidet before each use when possible to avoid bad odor formation. Open up the parts and let them aerate when not in use.
A portable bidet is definitely a personal use item that could spread germs. So it is not a good idea to share it. If you have other family members living with you, consider getting one for everybody.
Which portable bidet should I choose?
For my portable bidet needs, I have found this product very useful and affordable. I liked that the nozzle is hidden so the bidet takes less space during storage. And its design is leak-free, unlike some other models that have a hole on the bottom. This portable bidet you can put on the ground next to you and not worry about it leaking.
If you have your heart set on an electric portable bidet then check out the Toto Travel Washlet on Amazon.
Toilet Paper Spray, Foam, or Gel.
Why not just wet flushable wipes you’d say? Why overcomplicate things trying to wet toilet paper? Well, according to numerous articles, flushable wipes are not really flushable even when it says so on the package. So the next logical solution is an attempt to turn toilet paper into a flushable “wet wipe”.
The idea is to use this spray, foam, or gel on toilet paper to make it wet enough to give yourself an advantage in cleaning your bottom.
With the spray you would apply the product directly on a folded piece of toilet paper and then use the piece to wipe yourself. Witch Hazel is one of the main ingredients and has a soothing and antibacterial effect. It does also contain alcohol but it is very low on the list of ingredients. However, if you have very sensitive skin it may not work for you. It comes in not scented and scented options.
The foam works the same way as the spray. This particular product is alcohol-free and includes Aloe Vera and Vitamin E which will keep your skin moist and fresh. There are scented options for this product as well.
Gel works slightly differently. You are expected to use dry toilet paper first, then use a piece of toilet paper treated with a drop of the gel, and then use dry toilet paper again to dry the anus. The product has alcohol pretty high on the list of ingredients but also includes Vitamin E and Panthenol which help to repair damaged skin.
People who used sprays, foams, and gels pointed out that in some cases products may cause your toilet paper to get so wet that you won’t be able to use it. So use durable toilet paper when possible or make sure you fold enough toilet paper for the moisture to not destroy it. I have an article about bamboo toilet paper which is considered to be the sturdiest on the market and has other benefits as well.
Toilet paper sprays, foams, and gels pros and cons
- The small size of the bottles makes them easy to fit into your suitcase, backpack, or purse.
- Include oils and other ingredients that are beneficial for your skin
- Some products are scented to leave you with a lovely scent at the end
- Easy to use
- Not usable without toilet paper
- May rip your toilet paper
- Some products include alcohol
Another alternative that is definitely worth mentioning is a camping bidet. It is a relatively new term so you won’t find products on the market that are actually called “camping bidet”. Instead, you will find a camping shower that also has an attachment identical to a handheld bidet sprayer for a bathroom.
It is not as portable as the previous options. It will fit in your luggage but not into a purse. But it will work great if you are looking for bidet options for your RV or your next camping trip or a bathroom where you can’t install a bidet. All you need to get it to work is to fill up the provided bucket with water, submerge the rechargeable battery-operated pump into the bucket and it is ready to go. You would use it the same way you would use a handheld bidet sprayer.
Check my article about handheld bidets if you are not sure how to use them.
Camping bidets pros and cons
- Can substitute a handheld bidet sprayer in the bathrooms where bidet installation is not possible
- Can be used in RV bathrooms or during a camping trip
- Compact enough to fit in your suitcase to take on vacation
- A large bucket means you don’t have to worry about running out of water before you get clean.
- Can be used as an actual camping shower, to wash your car or a pet, or in other ways that a short hose could be used
- Easy to use for the rear and the front wash
- Bulky – won’t fit in your purse
- Requires assembly
- Water may spill out of the open bucket
- Cost more than a typical non-electric portable bidet
Among the products available on the market I found this one a fairly good option – it is reliable, comes with a collapsible bucket and batteries can be charged in a variety of ways.
For a solid bidet user like myself, it can be difficult to face the bidet lacking reality outside of your own bathroom. So I was glad to share with you that there are some good options out there. You can choose between a small portable bidet, an electric portable bidet, a camping bidet or to convert toilet paper into flushable wet wipes.
I hope you find these options useful. If you have an idea of your own or maybe have some questions, make sure to leave a comment below and I will make sure to get back to you.