Are Bidets More Sanitary Than Toilet Paper? (Yes, They Are!)

Yes, bidets are more sanitary than toilet paper. They are gentler on fragile, sensitive skin too!

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Even though “bidet” devices have been around for hundreds of years, it seems to be still a relatively new concept in some countries like Canada and America.

As a new way to clean up once a person has peed or pooped, many people ask whether a bidet is more sanitary when compared to toilet paper?

When you compare toilet paper to a bidet, bidets are an environmentally-friendly option that can even save you a lot of money over the long term.

They also offer a way to thoroughly clean the user’s private areas and help them feel fresh and more comfortable. If you’d like to learn more about their use in the senior community, see my guide to the best bidets for seniors and the elderly.

Bidets Are More Sanitary And Gentler Than Toilet Paper

The skin around the nether regions is not only sensitive but also more prone to infections and irritation. In most cases, a person won’t feel much after being wiped with toilet paper.

But when certain people, such as seniors or a person with a health condition like hemorrhoids, uses toilet paper, it can result in pain, discomfort, or some cases, even bleeding.

Bidets are more hygienic and sanitary in the majority of cases. They use a jet of water to wash the vulva and the anus. Water is one of the polar molecules which effectively washes debris and dirt away.

Rather than smearing feces and urine around, a bidet washes away all the waste, leaving behind a much cleaner anus or vulva. However, you must clean a bidet regularly and properly to prevent contamination.

Tips On How To Use A Bidet Safely

For sanitary results, you must use a bidet properly. When it comes to public settings, it is advisable to turn on the nozzle before you plan to use it.

Tuning it on before using it will allow you to see where the water stream is coming from to ensure it is spraying in the right direction. It is also advisable to clean the nozzle using toilet paper or a sanitary wipe before you decide to use it.

For women, direct the water stream from the front to the back (the same way women use toilet paper).

It is also best to avoid using a towel in a public bathroom to wipe the water that remains on your nether regions. These towels are used for wiping off hands and are already covered in bacteria from other people.

bidets more sanitary than toilet paper tips
Don’t forget to regularly clean the toilet device or bidet attachment you have at home.

When using a bidet in a home setting, it is also essential to regularly clean the toilet device or the bidet attachment.

Maintain the device’s semi-annual filter changes to ensure it lasts for as long as possible, which will also keep the user and anyone else using the bidet protected from contamination.

Many nozzles include a “cleaning setting” used daily to clean the nozzle head. It is also important to clean inside the nozzle regularly (at least once a month).

While it is not necessary to wipe after using a bidet, you may need to keep a small supply of toilet paper on hand for dabbing yourself dry.

Sanitary Benefits Of A Bidet For Seniors

One of the main benefits of a bidet for the elderly is that it does away with having to use toilet paper or the worry of spreading germs or bacteria.

A typical side effect seniors usually have is skin that becomes more sensitive and thinner. A bidet offers a way to stop using toilet paper which can end up tearing or irritating the gentle skin around these areas.

Incontinence is another common issue many seniors have to deal with. Incontinence often requires special pads or adult diapers. It also leads to concerns over itching and odors and a “less than fresh feeling.”

A bidet can help with these issues. A bidet doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. In fact, it often just means adding an attractive and simple attachment to an existing toilet.

Today there are even travel models available, which allow users to have a hygienic and sanitary way to keep clean regardless of where they go.

Combining bidets with elevated toilet seats can be a great option for elderly people who find squatting and standing difficult.

When choosing to use toilet paper or a bidet, the bidet can be a more sanitary option when the person knows how to use it and that the bidet itself is kept hygienically clean.


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Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®
Assistive Technology Professional

Scott Grant has spent more than 20 years serving seniors and the elderly in the home medical equipment industry. He has worked as a manufacturer's rep for the top medical equipment companies and a custom wheelchair specialist at a durable medical equipment (DME) provider in WV. He is father to 4 beautiful daughters and has three terrific grandkids. When not promoting better living for older adults, he enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and kayaking and early morning runs.

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