All your bidet questions, answered.

10 Apr, 2020

Bidets are often the butt of the joke (a la Crocodile Dundee), but that allows us to skip over the opposite-of-dirty details when it comes to these glorious butt fountains. There shouldn’t be any smear fear, because we’re here to answer all of your burning booty questions.

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What is a bidet used for?

Let’s start with the bidet basics. Bidets are used to clean your butt with water after you poop. While traditional bidets are separate from your toilet, require extra plumbing and are super pooper expensive, modern bidets attach to any standard toilet in minutes. The cleansing spray from a bidet can also be used to clean your other nether regions — especially for postpartum women or for use after sex.

Do bidets work?

Bidets are an effective way to clean the fecal material from your butt after you poop. Toilet paper merely smears the poo all over your pooper leaving you vulnerable to the dreaded swamp ass (not good). Bidets, on the other hand, use a stream of water to directly cleanse your a-hole leaving you feeling as clean as if you just took a shower.

Are bidets sanitary?

The cleanliness of using a bidet is unsurpASSed. While toilet paper excels at smearing do-do all over your bum hole, bidets actually wash away the poo leaving your bum feeling sparkling clean. Tushy bidet attachments also feature a self-cleaning nozzle so you don’t need to worry about doing any additional cleaning even after riding the porcelain pony after your late-night Taco Bell run last night.

Are there any health benefits of using a bidet?

Unlike chocolate cake, irrigating your bottom makes you feel good *and* is good for you. Take gastroenterologist Partha Nandi’s word for it, quoted in VICE: “While the use of toilet paper does not ensure cleanliness in the restroom, bidets can prevent UTIs by offering a refreshing and sanitary way to remove bacteria and ensure the spread of bacteria does not occur.” The bacteria that would normally be stuck to your butt post-poop after wiping with paper could make its way to your urethra, causing a urinary tract infection. Bidets also can prevent and alleviate hemorrhoids and yeast infections, which are common conditions in the United States, according to gastroenterologist Dr. John Cluley: “So, rather than smear [poop] all around, why not wash it gently with some water and then just dab it dry? I think it’s great for folks with hemorrhoids… And quite honestly it just helps you feel better.”

Aren’t bidets only for women? Who uses a bidet?

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Contrary to poopular belief, bidets aren’t biassed towards any gender or genital-type. If you’re someone who wants your nether regions to be as clean as a whistle, then a bidet is for you. Washing with water prevents and alleviates bum stank and health complications that both men and women get, so naturally both men and women should use them. No defecation discrimination, here!



How are you supposed to dry after using a bidet?

If your booty is too busy to hang around for a few minutes to air dry, you can pat dry with a tiny bit of toilet paper (you’ll reduce your toilet paper usage, which will save $$$ and 🌎) or a reusable towel if you’re an advanced pooper. We sell bamboo towels for patting your clean butt dry because bamboo products are super soft like a panda’s forehead and extra absorbent. It’s important to note some other bidet attachments do include air dryers, but these products are much more expensive and require a safe electrical outlet near the toilet. TUSHY uses no electricity because it is important for bidets to be accessible, affordable and sustainable.

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Doesn’t using a bidet make you gay?

Nothing makes you gay except being attracted to the same gender you identify with. While bidets are ~magical~ as the Aguamenti spell in Harry Potter (that’s the water spell), they are not powerful enough to change your sexual identity.


What is the difference between a bidet seat, bidet attachment and a bidet hose?

Despite most people thinking that a bidet is a toilet that sprays water, there are actually three different types of butt sprayers that qualify for the title. All three effectively clean your rear end but some do a better job and are less expensive.

Bidet seats

Bidet seats replace your existing toilet set and include the bidet device. Bidet seats are typically more expensive than bidet attachments or bidet hoses and require more installation steps and know-how. They also likely require electricity for use because many models have removable remotes (and you thought losing your TV remote was bad).

Bidet hoses

Bidet hoses are devices that look very… shall we say… industrial? Hose-type bidets are metal, and attach to your existing water supply like bidet attachments, often requiring you to manually hold the spray under your nether regions to clean. Other bidet hoses hook onto your toilet, and you use a lever to turn it on and move it manually.

Japanese style bidet side by side with a bidet hoseJapanese style bidet side by side with a bidet hose

Bidet attachments

Bidet attachments clip onto your existing toilet.(under the toilet seat) and include a console that is on the side of the toilet. These lil doohickeys can be DIY installed in about 10 minutes and require no extra plumbing. In the case of TUSHY, no electricity is required for use to ensure accessibility and affordability. Tushy is specifically designed to be a stylish accessory that seamlessly integrates with your bathroom design, with different color options (Tushy Classic white and silver, Tushy Royale white and gold and Tushy Noir black and gold).

Open toilet with a houseplant and a black tushy bidet attachment

Won’t poop spray everywhere? Like, this doesn’t follow the front-to-back rule...

Using Tushy bidet isn’t messy like one of those water fountains children frolic in during the summer. It’s a precise, concentrated spray of water right on your butt (or wherever the nozzle angle is aimed!). Many people with vaginas are apprehensive when adopting the bidet, because they are told to wipe from front-to-back when “cleaning” with paper. But, this is taught to avoid bacteria being spread to the urethra which causes UTIs. Washing with water prevents UTIs because it actually washes away the bacteria, rather than spreading it around. “Any trivial amount of bacteria the urethra is exposed to as a result of using a bidet is far outweighed by the improved hygiene you have by using the bidet in the first place,” says Dr. John Cluley.

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Why don't Americans use bidets?

Unlike our Japanese and European friends, Americans lag behind in bidet adoption. Why may you ask? Well, the answer is debatable butt I’ll give it a shot. The modern bidet was invented in France in the 1700s. Apparently there was anti-French sentiment during WWII so the British weren’t big fans of bidets. This sentiment seems to have found its way to America and as a result, we’ve been chopping down trees to wipe our butts ever since. Our mission here at Tushy is, of course, to change this trend and introduce Americans to the amazing world of bidet-ing. Our TUSHY Spa bidet attachment is an affordable way to turn your regular toilet into a toilet that sprays your bottom and leaves you feeling sparkling clean.

 

How do you use bidets for pleasure?

This might be a wee bit taboo to mention... Ha! Just kidding! We always go there. Did you know bidets can be used for sexual pleasure? With the right angle and the right amount of imagination, bidets can give you orgasms that'll make you never want to leave your bathroom. For some, bidets have been added to the roster alongside classic sex toys. The benefit of bidets is that all you have to do is sit and let it do the work. The bidet functions by spraying water at your nether regions. The pressure from the water can stimulate parts of the body like the anus and clitoris to achieve arousal and allow you to climax.

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