There are some real wild claims out there regarding how sanitary a bidet is.
Some people say that it can prevent all kinds of issues like urinary tract infections and even constipation.
Then, there are others who claim that bidets actually cause infections and are unsanitary.
How to know the truth? Well, that is what this article was written to do. I am here to put some of these claims to rest.
The thing is, bidets are actually very sanitary and you feel much cleaner when you use one.
In this article, I will go over many of the common questions about how clean a bidet is and hopefully you’ll see what a wise purchase it actually is.
Does a bidet really get you clean?
No, I am not trying some lawyer talk here. The thing is, you’re going to have a clean butt and genitals after using one.
But, depending on how you use it, you’re not going to be 100% germ free.
You will get much cleaner than if you use toilet paper. Say goodbye to skid marks on your tighty whiteys!
An electric bidet seat attachment (Click to see the actual product on Amazon) is really convenient and you don’t have to get your hands dirty. But, you aren’t using any soap so your butt is not germ free. It is very clean and feels much nicer than using toilet paper, especially if you also have the dryer function.
A classic stand alone bidet will actually get your butt almost germ free because you are literally washing it with soapy water. This is the most effective way to wash your butt and get it squeaky clean but it is more time consuming and some people don’t like the idea of getting so intense with the washing aspect. Of course, you don’t use your hand, but a washcloth so it is not as unpleasant as it may sound.
The reality is that it is going to get you much cleaner.
Can bidets cause infections?
The short answer is probably not. The longer answer is that it could depending on the way you use it and the circumstances.
There have been no studies done on if bidets will give you an infection like a UTI (urinary tract infection) or yeast infection. But, that doesn’t mean the jury is still out.
It just means that keeping your genitals clean is never a bad thing and the bidet is not going to actually cause an infection. A vagina is basically self cleaning so you really don’t need to use it to wash yourself better than if you don’t have one. If you do use a bidet for your genitals, then you would wash them the same way you would in the shower and you won’t get any infections.
Some people think that when you spray water onto your anus you would end up with fecal matter on your vagina. You’re actually less likely to get any germs from your butt there as the water rinses it away. And a clean bum means a clean vagina since residue on your underwear can spread and cause an infection. If you use a bidet there is no residue there so you are less likely to get an infection.
Is a bidet good for you?
As I mentioned earlier, there is no evidence that a bidet is going to be better for you than wiping with toilet paper. However, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that using a bidet is much better than wiping.
First, some people get irritation when they use toilet paper as it is dry. Which is why many people are turning to flushable wipes these days. (Which are not actually flushable and will clog your pipes!)
For those people, a bidet is a much better solution.
Can a bidet prevent infections?
Urinary tract infections (UTI)
Since e coli is the main culprit for UTI, keeping clean with a bidet is a good way to prevent one. Especially for women as they are more prone to these types of infections.
These infections can happen when fecal matter ends up on the vagina. When you only wipe, you can end up with germs in your underwear from improper wiping and end up with a UTI. There are other ways of course, but when your bum is actually cleaner because of a bidet then it stands to reason that you are less likely to end up with a UTI.
This is especially true for older adults that have difficulty wiping and can instead use a bidet to properly clean themselves.
Now, a bidet itself can’t prevent a yeast infection, but it does indirectly. Many women and men end up with a yeast infection from not cleaning up after intercourse. Now, when you have a bidet you are more likely to use one.
This means that after intercourse, you are more likely to wash yourself up and avoid getting a yeast infection. People without a bidet will need to take a shower and sometimes many people don’t want to bother and remain a bit unsanitary throughout the day. Which opens up the possibility of a yeast infection.
Are bidets good for hemorrhoids?
Yes, a bidet is actually very good for those people that get frequent hemorrhoids. Both because you are less likely to get it, but also if you have it, you can get a lot of relief by not wiping and still stay clean.
Keeping your anus clean and sanitary is essential in preventing things like hemorrhoids and pruritus anusitis (Literally itchy anus).
Overwiping can cause anal fissures and can lead to hemorrhoids.
When you use a bidet, you have a gentle and effective way to clean your butt so you are less likely to suffer from any of those problems.
FAQ About bidet and hygiene
Most frequent questions and answers
No, they don’t spread germs around. In fact, wiping with toilet paper is a sure way to spread germs around far more effectively. You end up with fecal matter all over your butt and then in your underwear. Plus you have them on your hands and spread them around before you end up washing them.
There are bidets with wands that are attached to the toilet seat that people often figure will collect poop. The reality is that the wand retracts back and out of the way as if it were not there at all. If you are keeping your toilet clean, then your bidet seat attachment will also be clean.
Stand alone bidets do also need to be cleaned, but just as you normally would clean your toilet.
No, they won’t spray your poop off of your bum when you use the spray function. And you are in control of the force of the spray anyway. The water stream is gentle and washes without too much force. Think of it this way, if it was strong enough to blast poop off of you, then it would be strong enough to hurt you and that is not the case.
Is a bidet worth it?
In my opinion, a bidet is absolutely worth it. You are much cleaner when you use one than when you simply use toilet paper. It is easier to stay clean and you can really feel the difference.
I hope this cleared up any uncertainty over whether a bidet is sanitary or unhygienic.
If you are on the fence, then I say go for it. I don’t think you will ever want to go back to using toilet paper on its own ever again!