Bidets Win! How Toilet Paper Can’t Stand a Chance.

Bidets Win! How Toilet Paper Can’t Stand a Chance.

Smartphones have made going to the bathroom way more fun, right? It used to be staring vacantly at the wall or leafing through a withered copy of Reader’s Digest, but now we can play games, scroll on social media, or indulge in our endless curiosity by searching random questions that pop into our heads. For instance, you might be wondering – while shifting your legs, so your thighs don’t go numb – which is better: toilet paper or a bidet? 

A staple of Europe since the 18th century, the bidet has traditionally been viewed with skepticism in America. Our frontier ancestors were weaned on wiping with the Sears catalog and The Farmer’s Almanac, and when those two publications began using glossy paper, there was a huge demand for the creation of modern toilet paper. For some reason (call it American obstinance), the bidet was never featured in the urbanization of major US cities. We were stuck on paper and nothing could persuade us to change! 

That is until recently. With global travel more prevalent, more and more Americans are starting to see (and feel) how the rest of the world takes care of business. If you’re about to use toilet paper right now and are wondering if there is a better method than dragging dry paper across your bum, this blog is for you! Here is the comprehensive list of why and how bidets are better than toilet paper.  

The Superior Hygiene

When it comes to personal hygiene, nothing beats water for cleansing. Bidets use a gentle stream of water, providing thorough cleaning that paper simply can’t match. This method not only leaves you feeling fresher but also significantly reduces the risk of irritations and infections associated with toilet paper use, such as urinary tract infections and hemorrhoids.

Toilet paper, no matter how soft or “quilted” it claims to be, can leave behind residue. Plus, the action of wiping can be abrasive, leading to discomfort and even microscopic tears in delicate skin. Bidets offer a hands-free, touchless cleaning solution that promotes a healthier, more sanitary bathroom experience.

Bidets’ Green Advantage

The environmental impact of toilet paper is more significant than most realize. The production process involves deforestation, water consumption, and the use of chemicals for bleaching and processing. The average American uses approximately 85 rolls of toilet paper each year. To put that in perspective, that’s equivalent to 15 million trees

In contrast, bidets require a minimal amount of water for cleaning, making them a more sustainable option. Transitioning to bidets could drastically reduce our reliance on paper products and the associated environmental footprint, from tree cutting to the energy-intensive production processes.

A Splash of Savings

While the initial cost of a bidet may seem high, the investment pays off in the long run. The ongoing expense of buying toilet paper adds up, especially considering the rising costs due to environmental regulations and the increasing demand for sustainable products. By switching to a bidet, households can significantly reduce their annual spending on toilet paper, saving money and resources over time.

A Gentle Approach

Beyond the practical benefits, bidets offer unparalleled comfort. The gentle stream of water is far more soothing than the scratchy feel of even the softest toilet paper, making every bathroom visit a more pleasant experience. For individuals with certain health conditions, like hemorrhoids or gastrointestinal issues, bidets can provide relief and reduce discomfort during cleaning.

Moreover, modern bidets (like Swan Toilets) come equipped with features that enhance comfort, such as adjustable water temperature, pressure settings, and even air drying. These customizable options ensure that everyone can find their perfect cleaning experience, turning a mundane task into a moment of care and relaxation.

The Modern Bidet: Technology and Accessibility

Today’s bidets are a far cry from the standalone fixtures of the past. Technological advancements have led to a wide range of options, from simple attachments that fit onto existing toilets to sophisticated units with heated seats and built-in deodorizers. These modern bidets are designed for ease of use, with intuitive controls and minimal maintenance required.

For a great example, look at the Swan S Pro. This smart toilet with a built-in bidet brings luxury to your bathroom. It’s hands-free, self-cleaning, and even has 37 customizable integrations. Imagine reading this blog on a throne fit for royalty. 

The Future is Fresh

What else would change your mind? Bidets offer a compelling combination of superior hygiene, environmental benefits, cost savings, and comfort. Their rise in popularity in the United States signals a broader change in how we approach personal care and sustainability. As we become more conscious of our health and the planet, the bidet presents itself not just as an alternative to toilet paper but as a significant upgrade.

Now, you’ve been sitting there for a while, so it’s probably time to finish up and then as soon as humanly possible, make the switch to a bidet. 


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