A Bidet: What It Is And Why Every Bathroom Should Have One

When people think of standard bathroom fixtures they generally think faucets, sinks and toilets.  However, in many parts of the world bidets are a common addition.  They are not yet popular here in the States but I’m a big advocate.  If you are not even sure of what a bidet is then you must read my Fox News Latino article. I explain what it is, my first encounter with one and why I think EVERY bathroom should have one!

Casa Latina: The Bidet, Every Home Should Have One

By   Marlene Pratt   Published October 06, 2012   Fox News Latino

The design as well as the use of the bathroom has changed a lot in the last 30 years. When I asked my grandmother what comes to your mind when you think of a bathroom she said, “a small room with white tiles and running water that doesn’t always smell nice”

The bathrooms of my childhood were never that spare. My Aunt Hilda’s bathroom was the first grand bathroom I ever saw. Not grand by today’s standards, but it was my first experience in a bathroom than I wanted to stay in a bit longer than necessary. What I felt was that I was immersed in a colorful box filled with multiple colored tiles, golden looking fixture, and what I first thought were two toilets, one with a tank and the other without.

It was instant fascination and I remember it as if it were yesterday. I stood in front of the ceramic basin uncertain of what it was. I recognized the hot and cold handles, which of course I reach out and turned on. To my disbelief, the water shot up, wetting me, the floor and the ceiling.

I was about five or six and in total fear of being found out. I grabbed the first towel I saw and started throwing it up to the ceiling trying to dry it. I did not discuss the incident for days. Then I finally approached my Aunt Hilda who explained what it was and showed me how it worked. I’ve had a love affair with the bidet ever since.

For those who are totally unfamiliar with it and have never encountered a bidet, please note that a bidet is a low plumbing fixture that is primarily used to wash and clean our private areas. This is a great solution when one does not have the time to take a full shower. The word Bidet is French for pony, this etymology comes from the notion that one rides a bidet much like a pony is ridden.

In all my years as a designer I think I’ve only encounter four bidets here in the States, but things are changing and more and more Americans are finally being exposed to this wonderful fixture.  If you are interested in one check out the local Home Depot or the local Lowes. They carry bidets on a regular basis.

In my opinion, a well designed bathroom is not complete without a bidet. Many people have been misinformed about its functions. The misconception is that a bidet is for cleaning after using the toilet.

Trust me, this is not true.

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