How to Use a Bidet

No, that is not a sink or a toilet without a seat. It’s a bidet and it’s even better than wet wipes.


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You Will Need

  • Toilet paper or paper towels
  • Soap


  1. Step 1

    Wipe your rear

    Wipe your rear end before approaching the bidet to prevent excess waste from washing into the bidet.

  2. Step 2

    Turn on the water

    Turn on the water, starting with the hot tap if it has one, and gradually adjusting the cold tap to a comfortable temperature.

  3. Test the water temperature with your hand to ensure it is not too warm for your more sensitive areas. Burns on your nether regions can really put a damper on your day.

  4. Step 3

    Adjust the spray

    Adjust the valves slowly until the spray reaches between 6 and 10 inches.

  5. Step 4

    Face the water valves

    Face the water valves and approach the bidet.

  6. If you are wearing pants or shorts, you may need to squat over the bidet, facing away from the valves.

  7. Step 5

    Sit on the bidet

    Straddle the bidet and sit down. Adjust your bum so the water spray hits where you need it, and use soap to cleanse your hind end or genitals.

  8. Step 6

    Dry off

    Turn off the water and use toilet paper or paper towels to dry off. Throw the paper into a trash can, not the bidet.

  9. Step 7

    Wash your hands

    Pull your clothing back up, wash your hands, and enjoy that fresh, just-out-of-the-shower feeling.

  10. Did you know? In 1596, Sir John Harrington invented the first flush toilet for Queen Elizabeth.