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Toilet Paper vs. The Bidet: Bathroom Facts

Jul 7, 2011

I’m sure just about everyone knows what a bidet is, however I have never used one, and neither has anyone that I know.  Using toilet paper is simply ingrained in our society – we can’t picture using something else.  With all of the talk lately however about eco-friendly products and being more environmentally conscious, the bidet warrants a bit of discussion. 

I’ll be honest – the only experience I have had with a bidet is seeing one in the scene of the Crocodile Dundee movie, where he is in the hotel in New York trying to figure out what it is.  Personally, the thought of using one would make me cringe a bit, and I imagine the majority of Americans feel the same way.  However, in European, Asian, and Latin American countries where the bidet is common, they probably feel the same way about toilet paper.

Advantages of a bidet:

- Less irritating than toilet paper.

- More hygienic than toilet paper.

- Reduces toilet paper usage greatly:  America uses approximately 26 billion rolls of toilet paper per year – about 23.6 rolls per person.  Roughly 10 million trees have to be pulped to accommodate this much toilet paper.  Bidets being the norm would greatly reduce these numbers.  Even if everyone began using recycled toilet paper the amount of natural resources needed would be greatly reduced.

- Saves water:  You might think a bidet would cause more water consumption, but you likely won’t have to ever flush twice due to large amounts of toilet paper, and if bidets were used more they would cut down on the amount of water needed for the process of creating toilet paper itself.  Each year alone almost 470 billion gallons of water are used to create toilet paper.

-Save yourself money:  Depending on the size of your family (and the model of bidet you get) a bidet could pay for itself after about 1 year with the amount of money you would save by using substantially less toilet paper. 

Bidets certainly do have advantages.  What are your thoughts on them?  Post your opinion in the comments section!

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27 Responses to “Toilet Paper vs. The Bidet: Bathroom Facts”

  1. Alan Hogan - July 7th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Great article. Another route is to buy a portable bidet that you can use at your home and where ever you may be when it’s “time to go” http://www.stinkybum.com

  2. Richard - July 8th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I was surprised to read about it saving water. I guess it’s just not a subject I’d really thought about before!

  3. promo products - July 11th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Discounts and coupons are my favorite things in life. Especially when it comes to groceries and the items we use every day. Thank you the world of toilet paper!

  4. promo products - July 11th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Interesting topic and I learn something from it. Using a bidet is not a bad idea and when it comes to hygiene you’ll be more clean than using a toilet paper. I suggest you can have one this at your home.

  5. Bijuterii Argint - July 12th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I don’t think that using a bidet helps using less paper because you still need to use something to dry. And if you use hot air you need electricity – so is it realy eco?
    Instead there could be an eco friendly toilet that could use the water from the sink, so you can save some water.

  6. Title Loans - July 13th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    My friend who lives in Montreal, has a bidet. I was tempted to use it because I never tried it before, but chickened out. Interesting and attractive facts about the benefits of a bidet, but I’m not sure if I could give up toilet paper. Sorry Mother Nature.

  7. Is It Down - July 15th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Never thought about how eco-friendly these guys are. I never tried a bidet, but I wouldn’t mind trying one out in my lifetime. How are these even installed?
    -Jessica

  8. Dentists West Hollywood - July 15th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    These are amazing!! I tried one out at a hotel I stayed at in France. You have to use a little toilet paper to get yourself dry (or use a hand towel), but I agree with all the pros you list here. I suggest everyone to try this out before it’s too late.
    -Annie

  9. Walking Tours Rome - July 18th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    These tickle. Hahaha! They definitely give you the “extra clean” feel, but I can’t stand the tickling.

  10. Portable Sinks - July 18th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    lmao is that a sink or a toilet??

  11. Patrick - July 19th, 2011 at 5:22 am

    I thought the same thing when I found the picture!

  12. Patrick - July 19th, 2011 at 5:30 am

    After looking online most bidets seem to come with instructions for installation, I’d try to follow those and probably end up hiring someone if it became too difficult. The best article I could find on installation was the link below if you are curious.
    http://www.doityourself.com/stry/how-to-install-a-bidet-faucet
    Thanks for posting!

  13. Dentist West Los Angeles - July 20th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I had never even heard of a bidet until reading this article! I am definitely interesting to try it out! Thanks for the information. I really enjoy your articles, who knew toilet paper could be such a widely discussed topic!

  14. Best Green Powder - July 22nd, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I’ve never used a bidet either. I just don’t know if I could bring myself to do it. It just sounds too weird.

  15. Therapist New York - July 29th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I wouldn’t mind it if we started using bidets in America. I don’t think they’re bad at all!

  16. Air Purifier - August 1st, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I had to google what a bidet is, haha. They don’t look so awful…

  17. ms dean - August 7th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Think everyone should have a bidet. Much more eco friendly. Our cleaners in chester will be hearing about this site. Clean Queen cleaners are eco friendly so we love hearing about everything.

  18. Los Angeles SEO - November 25th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I a bidet really more hygienic than toilet paper?

  19. Eco Friendly - January 27th, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I guess I just don’t get the savings. You still have to dry after using it. You wouldn’t want to use ice cold water so you are using water that’s at least partially heated and you probably fool around with the water temperature first to get it right, so you probably don’t save much water. Plus, it’s one more thing to take up room in your bathroom and one more thing that is manufactured (using more energy to make and transport) and probably more pollution. I’m not sure it’s eco friendly.

  20. Molly - January 27th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Maybe the savings is in the reduced amount of hot water and energy for showers. Cultures that use bidets don’t take daily showers or baths.

  21. Homemade Cleaning - January 27th, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Oh, I didn’t think of that, Molly. Good point. Thanks.

  22. Ideal Standard Showers - February 9th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    After using toilet rolls I don’t feel clean. I think bidet is brilliant idea. I am surprise that bidet has been around for years and not a lot of people know about it.

  23. Atticus - May 16th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I’m convinced that Americans are some of the dumbest people on the planet with their fecal encrusted undergarments.

  24. Paul Littlefield - September 12th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    The real eco-friendly solution? Hint: A healthy human being who eats a decent diet needs practically no toilet paper.

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  26. Bus Tickets - November 18th, 2013 at 5:51 am

    I have been using the bidet for lots of years now and I can’t imagine not using it. I rarely find out in the bathroom of a fancy restaurant, moment when I am really happy to see that there are still something people use!

  27. Alph - January 19th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Cannot agree more with you

    Atticus – May 16th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I’m convinced that Americans are some of the dumbest people on the planet with their fecal encrusted undergarments.

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