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Anonymous asked in HealthOther - Health · 1 decade ago

Why are bidets so uncommon in the US?

TP just doesn't cut the mustard, no pun intended.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bidet

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  • rosieC
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    1 decade ago
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    While Americans can be culturally squeamish about touching these areas, proponents of bidets argue that water is a naturally better cleaning agent than dry paper.

    "Toilet paper has been perfumed, decorated in color, sterilized and made antiseptic," says the website of American Bidet, a domestic bidet dealer, "but, nevertheless, it is still dry paper and only a step better in evolutionary improvement than the pages of the mail order catalogue or the barbaric plantain leaf."

    Although people generally still apply toilet paper after using the bidet, they say they use a lot less. They also point out that people wash their hands after using a bidet just as they would after using toilet paper.

    I think the French don't think it's necessary to scrub one's whole body as often and obsessively as Americans do. Bidets are easy to use, they're very handy and they do conserve toilet paper and water. This is good for a green friendly environment.

    Bidets are common in Europe, Latin America and Japan, where people use them because they are regarded as the best way to stay clean. People who don't use a bidet are considered to be unhygienic. As in America, the question of using a bidet is a matter of custom and habit. People in countries where bidets are found in every home find it difficult to change their habits, and will use the bathroom sink as they would a bidet if there is no other alternative.

    Source(s): professional nurse
  • 1 decade ago

    It's a question of culture. You can often find bidets in American hospitals, but not in homes. Bidets have significant hygiene advantages over the mere use of toilet paper, but people who haven't grown up with them tend not to try them. Even in France, where bidets were once very popular, most people don't use them and don't know how to use them, even though they are still found in many nice homes and hotels (often with only decorative fixtures, making them useless for serious use).

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