World Toilet Day 2014: Access to Toilets for All

World Toilet Day 2014 – Equality and Dignity

Here in the U.S., we’re lucky enough to have sanitary toilet systems in every home, but many places in other parts of the world aren’t so fortunate. In fact, nearly 2.5 billion people don’t have access to a clean and safe toilet. So to help raise awareness for this basic human right, the 13th annual World Toilet Day will be celebrated across the globe on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

How it all started

For a long time, one of the worst places for sanitary toilet systems was Singapore, where toilets were simply non-existent in most homes. Many people were left to use open fields, rivers, and lakes to do their business, causing contaminated waterways and widespread illnesses. Something needed to be done to address the repulsive state of public toilets and sanitation in Singapore, so in 1998, a world-class entrepreneur named Jack Sim created the Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS).

While RAS was successful at improving sanitation conditions in Singapore, much of the world still struggled with a lack of toilets. And since going to the bathroom is such a taboo subject in many parts of the world, many governments in Asia and Africa refused to address, let alone discuss the need for toilets. To help bring these discussions to the table in other parts of the world, Sim founded the World Toilet Organization (WTO) on November 19, 2001.

Since then, the WTO has raised the issue of sanitation by lobbying governments, shareholders, and the international community for better standards on sanitation conditions throughout the world. Every year, the WTO holds its annual World Toilet Summit, where delegates from across the globe gather to discuss the current state of sanitation and recommend new standards to improve toilet conditions.

Still not enough: the World Toilet College

To help continue shining the international spotlight on this issue, Sim created the World Toilet College (WTC) in 2005. With the support of private shareholders and government institutions alike, the WTC offers training to sanitation workers and also helps create the standards that ensure that the design and hygienic maintenance of restrooms are adequate. Comprehensive programs such as the Restroom Specialist Training Course and School Sanitation and Hygiene Education Course help give sanitation workers and community leaders the skills they need to provide clean and safe access to toilets for those in their regions.

World Toilet Day 2014

Every year, World Toilet Day has a theme, and this year’s theme is “Equality and Dignity.” Recently, many rural areas of India without toilets have left women to shamefully go out in the open. In doing so, they have not only had to sacrifice their dignity, but many have become the victims of sexual crimes while trying to relieve themselves. This year’s World Toilet Day aims to raise awareness for these heinous acts, as well as make sure that everyone has access to some type of private toilet.

Additionally, the mission behind this year’s World Toilet Day is also an effort to provide equality in access to sanitary facilities in all public places, including schools and the workplace. Many toilets are still inadequate for women, the elderly, and people with special needs, leaving these people unable to obtain jobs or attend classes.

How can you help? There are a number of ways you can do your part, such as fundraisers, participating in a race, or by simply spreading the message with your friends online.

To learn more about World Toilet Day, check out http://www.unwater.org/worldtoiletday/home/en/

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Bidets: The Ultimate Bathroom Solution for Seniors

Seniors can benefit greatly from bidet products – restore independence and dignity to the bathroom experience.

As we age, our muscle strength gradually begins to weaken, and we become much less mobile than we were in our younger years. We begin to experience physiological changes, like thinning skin and loss in bone density, and many of us develop arthritis, all of which can make going to the bathroom a very difficult experience.

However, the good news is that making a small change, like using a toilet seat bidet, can make all the difference. Below we’ve listed a variety of common issues that seniors face, and how a bidet can make going to the bathroom a more comfortable and much safer experience for seniors with such issues.

Mobility. The cramped spaces of a bathroom and impaired mobility can make it difficult for seniors to properly wipe. In fact, wiping can actually be dangerous for those who can’t stand or maintain their balance without assistance.

With a bidet, much less wiping is needed, if any at all, and you don’t have to stand up and sit down over and over again. For those with Alzheimer’s or others who rely on a caregiver for assistance with wiping, a bidet eliminates any embarrassment of asking others for help, giving seniors a greater sense of independence. Simply put, bidets make bathroom hygiene a breeze.

Arthritis. Some bidets, like the Brondell Swash 300 Bidet Seat, come with a warm water wash, giving seniors with arthritis a soothing bathroom experience. The Swash 300 even features a heated seat with adjustable temperature controls, so you can set the temperature to your liking.

Many bidets have the misconception of being difficult to operate, but unlike other bidet seats, the Swash 300 comes with a handy 6-button remote control, so you can control the direction of the stream, the water pressure, and the seat and water temperatures.

Thinning skin.  As we age, our skin becomes thinner, and as a result, the skin on our backsides becomes much more sensitive to wiping. The warm, gentle spray of a bidet eliminates the need for repeated wiping with toilet paper and bathroom wipes, meaning less cuts and sore spots.

Hemorrhoids. Because many seniors struggle with constipation as they age, hemorrhoids also tend to become a common issue. Since you don’t have to wipe as much with a bidet, a bidet is a much safer solution for those with hemorrhoids.

Incontinence. Many senior citizens, especially women, face incontinence at one point or another. Often times, incontinence can result in infections when urine remains in the genital area, but using a bidet is a great way to stay clean and wash away bacteria. Not all bidet seats are the same, so be sure to use a bidet that has a feminine wash option, like the Swash 300.

Diarrhea. Like incontinence, diarrhea is also a common issue that seniors face, especially when you consider the ways that our dietary needs change as we age. The spray of a bidet will leave you feeling clean and refreshed, and will also rid your backside of residual bacteria in places you might miss when wiping.

Hygiene and bathing. For seniors who rely on caregivers for assistance with bathing, having the genital and anal regions cleaned by another can not only be embarrassing, but can also be quite painful. The warm water wash of a bidet is an outstanding alternative to scrubbing the genital and anal area by hand. Additionally, using a bidet eliminates the need for a senior to move around in any awkward or potentially dangerous positions in the bathtub.

 

 

5 Facts About At-home Water Filtration Systems

So you’re still lugging home cases of water, adding dollars to your weekly grocery bill for an essential that comes gushing from your faucets for next to nothing? Yeah, we all want to provide the safest options for our families, but as it turns out, using an at-home water filter is not only safer than bottled water, but immensely more economical. And to top it off, you don’t have to go around lugging cases of water when you use an at-home filter.

Still not sold on water filters? Read on, and we’ll break down a few more reasons why using an at-home water filtration system is the way to go.

#1: Water filtration is more sustainable than buying bottled water.

Believe it or not, few water bottles are actually recycled. As it turns out, only 38% of plastic water bottles are actually recycled, while the other 62% ends up in landfills across the U.S.  And for every 1 liter of bottled water, 3 liters of water are used in the cleaning and manufacturing process. Lastly, the bottling process emits millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the air every year.

When you use an at-home water filter, you help reduce the number of bottles that end up in landfills, as well as reduce the amount of water wasted during bottled water production.

#2: At-home water filtration makes water that is cleaner than bottled water.

According to a study by the Environmental Working Group, bottled water is loaded with harmful contaminants, such as fertilizer, plastic byproducts, and medical waste. Because of these findings and the fact that many plastic bottles are made with Bisphenol-A, a carbon-based chemical, the President’s Cancer Panel recommends against drinking bottled water.

#3: Point-of-use filtration is much more cost effective than bottled water.

When you factor in all of the different types of bottled water available, from single serve bottles to cases, Americans spend about $1.22 per gallon on bottled water every year. Considering that tap water costs less than a penny a gallon on average, bottled water costs us about 300 times more than tap water. Sure, water filtration systems come at a cost, but they only add about $.02 to the cost of every pint of water, still making water filtration much more cost effective than bottled water.

#4: Water filtration systems are low maintenance and easy to use.

Faucet mounted point-of-use filters and pitcher filters use removable carbon filters to remove contaminants from water, and you only have to replace them every couple months or so. Even countertop filtration systems, such as the Brondell Cypress H360, are incredibly easy to maintain.

The great thing about the Brondell Cypress is that you only have to replace the filters once a year. Unlike other countertop filtration systems, the Brondell Cypress uses a patented 3-stage water filtration system to remove industrial waste, pesticides, and other chemicals that end up in your tap water. And when it comes time to change out the filters, replacing them couldn’t possibly be easier- just plug them in, and you’re good to go for another year.

#5: Filtered tap water tastes much fresher and cleaner than bottled water

No matter how many contaminants are removed prior to bottling, there’s just no getting rid of that harsh plastic taste from bottled water. When you use an in-home water filter, you can fill a reusable BPA-free sports bottle with your very own fresh filtered water. Not only will the water taste fresher, but you’ll save some dough in the process.

Bathroom Hygiene, Simplified: Meet the Bidet

The Evolution of Clean! #WashDontWipe

For many of us in the western world, the idea of a bidet is a foreign concept—literally. Just saying the word with its silent “T” calls to mind something that may or may not be French, and suddenly you find yourself pondering whether the word refers to a cleaning product or a delicious pastry.

No, a bidet definitely isn’t sweet or delicious, but if you guessed cleaning product, you’re at least on the right track. A bidet is a device or fixture that you use to wash up end after you use the bathroom.  By spraying water from a nozzle or faucet, bidets pick up where toilet paper falls short, helping you feel way more fresh and clean than when using toilet paper alone. And since bidets significantly reduce the amount of toilet paper you use, they’re great for hemorrhoid sufferers, young children who can’t yet wipe themselves, and the environment.

Bidets come in various shapes and sizes, depending on the part of the world you’re in. In places such as the Middle East, Asia, and southern Europe, you’ll find bidets mounted to the wall next to the toilet, similar to a low lying sink. Come to the states, the UK, and Canada, and most bidets are found as a fixture attached to a toilet. Yeah, it all seems kind of wishy-washy at first, but we’ll explain how different types of bidets work, and why they make bathroom hygiene so downright easy.

Wall-Mounted Bidets

Traditionally, bidets came as the low-lying porcelain basins that you’ll find in many parts of Asia and southern Europe. These types of bidets come in different forms, depending on where the water nozzle is located. With some wall-mounted bidets, the water nozzle is at the base of the bidet, and water projects upward when you turn the faucet handle. Other wall-mounted bidets feature a nozzle at the top of the bidet, like a horizontal water faucet. And just like a faucet, you can control the temperature of the water. Talk about refreshing!

These types of bidets require the user to squat down, almost as you would when using a toilet. After using the toilet and wiping, you step over to the bidet, squat halfway, and turn the nozzle to begin washing. Bathrooms with separate bidets usually provide a special towel to dry off afterwards, but if one isn’t available, a little toilet paper gets the job done.

Bidet Toilet Seats

Bidet toilet seats are a great option as they require no additional bathroom space or remodeling work. Consider a toilet seat bidet your one-stop for using the bathroom and cleansing. These bidets are fixtures attach to your toilet so that you can clean-in-place, without having to get up or squat over a separate fixture. Bidet toilet seats can replace your existing toilet seat, while bidet attachments lie just below it.

Some toilet seat bidets are electric and offer a hot water option, while others just use cold water. For example, the Brondell Fresh Spa Easy Bidet Attachment uses a pressurized cold water wash and has an adjustable nozzle that switches to three different positions to reach all areas.

On the other hand, Brondell’s Swash 300 Bidet Toilet Seat has both a hot and a cold water wash, and even features a heated toilet seat for added comfort. The Swash 300 comes with two water nozzles, one for your backside and one for feminine cleansing, giving you the ultimate hygienic experience. It even comes with a wireless remote for easy temperature and water pressure control.

When all is said and done, bidet toilet seats just make bathroom hygiene simple, leaving you fresh and clean without the waste from wipes and toilet paper. Here at Brondell, we understand that bathroom hygiene is a personal preference, which is why we offer a wide range of bidet toilet seats, bidet attachments, and handheld “diaper-sprayer” bidets.  And while you can’t be home all the time, we even offer our GoSpa Travel Bidet, so you can enjoy the refreshing experience of a bidet wherever you go.

All of our products are economical, easy to use, and come with a variety of super sanitary features to meet your preferences and your budget.

From Gully to Glass: How Municipal Water Treatment Works

Tap water- for many of us in the States, it’s one of those givens in life that’s so easy to take for granted.  We shower with it, clean our clothes, cars, and homes with it, and of course, we drink it. Water soaks the earth from rain clouds, fills our local rivers and lakes, and after some mysterious treatment process, gushes from the faucets in our homes. Enough said, right?

But what about that whole mysterious treatment process? We know that water has to be purified in order for us to use and drink it, but did you ever wonder exactly how that muddy water in the stream gets to be the crystal clear liquid in your glass? If so, read on. We’ll break down the whole municipal water treatment process below, without bogging you down with a whole bunch of scientific jargon.

 

Types of Water

The water we use every day is either ground water or surface water. Ground water is typically made up of rain water that seeps through the soil and porous rocks into an underground well. From the well, ground water is pumped into a treatment facility where it’s filtered and sanitized. According to the EPA, about 32% of the people who use municipal water are provided with ground water.

Surface water, on the other hand, comes from our rivers, lakes, and streams.  Since surface water isn’t protected by layers of rocks and soil, it’s exposed to much more pollution than ground water. From its source, surface water either flows or is pumped to a treatment facility for cleaning and filtration.

 

Municipal Water Treatment Process

How water treatment works

On the outside of the treatment plant, large steel bars serve as a sort of pre-filter to keep out large objects, fish, and other solid debris, while allowing water to pass through. If the water is too cloudy or comes from a muddy source, it first goes through pre-sedimentation in order to help a bulk of the sand, silt, soil, and other fine matter settle out.

From pre-sedimentation, the water rapidly whirlpools in a mixing tank for coagulation. Here, a soluble type of salt called alum is added to help the rest of the fine sediments coagulate. Think of alum as the glue that brings all of the tiny gunky stuff together into larger clumps.

After being mixed up with alum, clumps of unwanted sediment begin to form in the water. During flocculation, the solid waste and liquid are mixed at a slightly slower speed. As the water continues to mix in the tank, the solids begin to settle out and are finally caught in a sedimentation basin. While the gunky clumps sink to the bottom of the basin, the water moves on to the filter.

In filtration, water passes through a filter bed of coal known as a carbon filter. Though much of the sediments were left behind in flocculation and sedimentation, filtration helps clarify the water and catch any soil and clay that didn’t coagulate.

After the water is filtered, it’s pumped to a clear well, where the water is disinfected with small amounts of chlorine in order to remove harmful microbes and bacteria from the water. Once the water is disinfected, it’s held in a reservoir, before finally being distributed to your home. Ta da!

Does municipal water treatment remove all unwanted pollution?

While water treatment is a fairly intensive process, it doesn’t remove all of the pollution and chemicals found in surface and ground water. The main reason for this is that many of the United States’ municipal water treatment facilities are aging. At any point in time some of the equipment may be in need of repair or replacement. But here at Brondell, we take water filtration even further with all of our superior water filtration products, featuring a three-stage filtration process to ensure the safest and freshest tasting water possible.

Our Cypress Countertop Water Filtration System uses our patented Nanotrap technology to remove pesticides, industrial waste, and other chemicals that typically pass through municipal water treatment. It’s simple to install, and comes with an ergonomic push button for easy dispensing. And unlike other water filters, Cypress’s slim and sleek design makes it an excellent addition to any kitchen décor, without cluttering up your counters.

 

 

Hemorrhoids Happen: Why They Develop and How to Deal

It starts with itching and irritation after using the bathroom, and you’re not sure what caused it or why you have it. It could have been something you ate, or it could have been that uncomfortable toilet seat you used the other day. But no matter what caused this pain, the fact is that hemorrhoids simply happen- especially if you’re pregnant or over the age of 50.

Additionally, the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse mentions that nearly 3 out of 4 people develop hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. But while these numbers make hemorrhoids seem like an inevitable part of life, the good news is that they’re actually easy to avoid. We’ll explain what causes hemorrhoids, as well as a few tips on how to deal with them when they develop.

What exactly are hemorrhoids?

To put it simply, a hemorrhoid is an inflammation of the veins in the lower rectum or near the anus. External hemorrhoids are those that occur near the anus, while internal hemorrhoids are those that occur in the lower rectum. Hemorrhoids often aren’t very severe at the onset, and few will notice them until symptoms become worse.

Symptoms of hemorrhoids include bleeding and minor irritation, and pain can become worse if a blood clot forms on an external hemorrhoid, or when an internal hemorrhoid extends through the anus. Severe symptoms can cause infection, and treating them requires medical attention.

How do hemorrhoids happen?

Hemorrhoids usually develop as a result of excessive straining when using the bathroom. When we strain, blood flow to and from the anus is disrupted, causing vessels to bulge and become inflamed.  Additionally, the pressure of restraining a bowel movement, or the increased pressure caused by diarrhea or constipation can also lead to hemorrhoids.

Why nutrition matters

When you look at the common causes of hemorrhoids, the keys to avoiding them is all about keeping your digestive system happy with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. Since fiber helps move waste through the digestive system, you should increase your fiber intake if you often experience constipation. Some high-fiber foods include:

  • Pears, apples, carrots, oranges
  • Oatmeal
  • Kale, collard greens, spinach
  • Brown rice, whole wheat pasta, bulgur wheat
  •  Raisins, grapes, and prunes

Constipation also occurs when the body isn’t hydrated enough, so be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Unfortunately, too many sugary drinks or foods, like soda and baked sweets often have the reverse effect, so it’s always a good idea to avoid these foods and drinks entirely, or at least keep them to a minimum to reduce the likelihood of diarrhea.

More ways to avoid and treat hemorrhoids

If you notice any symptoms of hemorrhoids, it is always recommended to call your doctor. In the meantime though, try using a hemorrhoid cream to relieve irritation.

It’s important to keep in mind that elimination is a natural process, so when you use the bathroom, be sure to take your time, as straining only makes symptoms worse. Excessive wiping can also cause hemorrhoids, so one of the best ways to avoid hemorrhoids is by cutting back on toilet paper use with an at-home bidet.

At-home bidets come in all shapes and sizes, but few are as comforting and economical as the Brondell Swash 300 Toilet Seat Bidet. The Swash 300 attaches to your toilet seat, featuring a warm water wash that’s incredibly soothing for hemorrhoid suffers. It comes with two nozzles for posterior and feminine cleansing, and even includes a remote control that allows you to adjust the seat and water temperatures to your liking.

The Bottled Water Problem

From the office to the gym, bottled water is all around us. And while we fill our shopping carts with cases of it every week, it turns out that bottled water actually isn’t as safe or eco-friendly as we once thought. So to help you provide the safest drinking water for your family and reduce your carbon footprint, we’ve broken down the truth on the bottled water problem.

The cost factor

Most of us buy bottled water by the case, typically for about $5 for 24 bottles- a small price to pay for the peace of mind in knowing that you’re providing healthy water for your family. Even at $1.69 for a 16 oz. single serve bottle, your healthy physique is worth paying a little extra for a bottle of H2O.

But when you look at how much Americans spend on bottled water- about $1.22 per gallon annually, you’ll find that bottled water costs us about 300 times more than tap water ($.004 per gallon). Business Insidernotes that out of the 9.7 billion gallons of bottled water we consume each year, 64% is made up of single serve bottles. And when you do the math with those figures, the cost of a 16.9 ounce bottle of water is about $7.50 per gallon.

The markup on bottled water is completely ridiculous and shows no sign of correcting itself!

 

Why bottled water isn’t so eco-friendly

Though more bottlers are using less plastic than ever before, bottled water is still tough on the environment, for a variety of reasons.

  • While recycling rates are on the rise, only 38% of plastic water bottles are actually recycled, while the other 62% ends up in landfills across the U.S.
  • Through cleaning and manufacturing, the bottling process uses 3 liters of water for every 1 liter bottled.
  • Plastic bottle production in 2006 was responsible for emitting over 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the air. To put it in a more modern perspective, bottled water consumption is consistently on the rise every year, increasing by 6.7% in 2012.

 

Is bottled water still purer than tap water?

Not really. Though water sold as purified water goes through intensive filtration processes, these processes don’t remove everything, according to a 2008 study by the Environmental Working Group. Researchers tested 10 different brands of bottled water from across the U.S., and found multiple contaminants in each of the brands, including fertilizer, medical byproducts, plastic byproducts, and caffeine. Yikes!

 

So where do I find the safest drinking water for my family?

Surprisingly, the safest drinking water comes right from your tap. However, the Environmental Working Group recommends filtering your tap water with an in-home water filter. Every locality has different types of water, calling for different types of treatment processes, so reach out to your local water service to learn about what type of chemicals are used to purify your water, and how you can remove them.

Keep in mind though, not all water filters are the same, and few are as effective and affordable as Brondell Water Filtration Products. From our H2O+ Water Pitcher Filter to our Cypress Countertop Filtration System, all three of our water filtration systems use advanced filtration technology to remove disinfectants, pesticides, and other unwanted chemicals present in your tap water. They’re super easy to use and install, each made with a sleek space-saving design that flows with any kitchen décor. And to help you reduce your carbon footprint, Brondell filtration systems use no electricity, giving you the freshest and safest water possible from the comfort of your home.

 

The Last Drop: Staving Off a Water Crisis

Back in January, California governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in his state, appealing to citizens to lower their water consumption by 20%.

Fast forward 6 months to see that residents have trimmed their water usage by…a paltry 5%. The epidemic is so severe that California lawmakers just approved fines up to $500 for wasting water. Yet throughout the state, sprinklers are still being set and cars are still being washed.

Sadly, it’s a common tale, and not just in California. It’s not that residents intentionally turn a deaf ear, oftentimes, it’s that they don’t think their usage is significant enough to make an impact or don’t know what changes to make or how.

But experts warn that a scarcity crisis could occur if Americans don’t change how they use water. And a recent paper published by the PNAS showed that Americans use twice the amount of water than they think they do, further solidifying the fact that many of us have misconceptions about our own water use.

Our water usage statistics are shocking. Americans use around 99 gallons of water a day, and the electricity used to power other activities adds up to be an additional 250 gallons a day. This pie chart from the EPA breaks down exactly how we’re using water:

What Needs To Happen?

On a legislative level, cities and states need to reevaluate how they use water. Orlando, Florida, recognized that they would need increased water services to meet the needs of farmers as well as corporations, so they expanded wastewater treatment. Their integrated water reclamation program provides reclaimed water for crop irrigation. In Texas, grants are being administered for desalination, aquifer storage and recovery, and rainwater harvesting. And Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas and Los Angeles—all cities which get their water from the Colorado River—are piloting a program that pays farmers, industries and municipalities for decreasing usage.

This interview from NPR showcases a high-tech solution happening in the Silicon Valley, using state-of-the art water filtration. The interesting approach? The water comes from a wastewater treatment plant from across the street. This recycled water won’t be for consumption, however, but for other uses.

Here, Drink A Nice Glass of Sparkling Clear Wastewater

What Can I Do Now?

Many believe that it’s out-of-the-box thinking that can stave off a crisis. So, in addition to supporting legislature that would support innovative conservation efforts, what are some creative ways we can save water on an everyday basis?

  • Make it a habit to never pour water down the drain. Instead, use it to fill dog’s bowls or water plants.
  • Lower your home’s water pressure. A family of four can save about 20,000 gallons of water per year if they replace their showerheads with 4.5 gallon a minute models.
  • Try low-flush toilets. Toilets alone account for 40% of our indoor water use. Low-flush toilets only use 1.6 gallons of water or less, compared to conventional models which use up to 5 gallons.
  • Only run your dishwasher when it’s full.
  • Water your lawn as little as possible. When you do, do so in the early morning hours to avoid evaporation.
  • Find a car wash that uses recycled water. A 10-minute car wash uses about 100 gallons of water, so finding a spot that’s committed to conservation makes a difference.

When it comes to conserving water on day-to-day level, think small. Small changes, that is, that can lead to a big overall impact.

 

The Gift He’s Always Wanted: A Bidet for Father’s Day

Let’s get right to the point here- backside hygiene isn’t something many of us guys like to talk about, though it’s always in the back of our minds. As any guy will tell you, a clean rear end equals confidence, and when you feel clean, there’s just no stopping you. But with the personal nature of hygiene, how many guys feel comfortable asking their spouses to buy a bidet?

Bidets are definitely an unworldly concept here in the U.S., but the fact of the matter is that the bidet trumps toilet paper and flushable wipes on multiple levels.  For starters, bidets are exponentially more eco-friendly than using T.P. and wipes. Secondly, the level of clean you get from a bidet is the next best thing to taking a shower after you go #2 (not that anyone does that, right?).

Lastly, bidets are great for people who suffer from hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, and Crohn’s Disease, by eliminating the irritation caused by toilet paper use. When you consider the usefulness of a bidet, it’s safe to say that bidets are the one great gift that Dad never realized he wanted. So with Father’s Day coming up, we decided to highlight a few of Brondell’s super refreshing bidets that the father in your life will love.

Swash 1000 Advanced Bidet Seat

 

Swash Advanced Bidet Toilet Seat. Available in three electric and one non-electric model, the Swash has gradually become a favorite in homes across the U.S. While many Europeans are accustomed to the traditional stand-alone bidet, the Swash attaches directly to your toilet seat to give you a soothing cold or warm water wash at the simple push of a button. With prices starting at $179, the Swash is more than worth the investment, which by the way, is easily covered by the money you’ll save from not having to buy toilet paper.

FreshSpa Easy Bidet

 

FreshSpa Easy Bidet Attachment. If you’re not ready to fully commit to the bidet toilet seat, take the FreshSpa Easy Bidet for a spin. Like the Swash, the FreshSpa attaches to your existing toilet, but has a self-cleaning retractable nozzle that you can set in three different positions. It’s incredibly easy to set up as well, uses no batteries or electricity, and you can adjust the water pressure to your liking.

Brondell FreshSpa Dual Temperature Bidet

FreshSpa Dual Temperature Bidet. The FreshSpa Dual Temperature Bidet is like the Easy Bidet, except that it comes with a brass pressure connector that connects to your hot water source. You can also adjust the temperature of the water for maximum comfort. It was even recently featured on The TODAY Show.

CleanSpa Luxury Hand Held Bidet

 

With the CleanSpa Luxury Hand Held Bidet, cleanliness is in the palm of your hand. This stainless steel hand sprayer works with any toilet fixture, and even comes with a handy holster that easily mounts to the wall or toilet. Like all Brondell products, the CleanSpa is super easy to install, and is made with only the most durable brass and stainless steel fittings, so you don’t have to worry about leaks.

 

 

Brondell GoSpa Travel Bidet

GoSpa Travel Bidet. Once Dad starts using the Swash, CleanSpa, or FreshSpa, he’ll never want to go #2 anywhere else. But with the GoSpa Travel Bidet, Dad can have a refreshing experience wherever he goes. The GoSpa features a 400mL reservoir and an ergonomic soft squeeze bottle, great for arthritis sufferers. It even comes with a discreet carrying bag and an easy-to-store nozzle for convenient portability.

 

No matter which of these fantastic products you decide to go with, you just can’t go wrong with Brondell for Father’s Day. They’re hygienic and safe, perfect for helping Dad feel fresh and clean all day long!

All Moms Want for Mother’s Day is to Pee in Peace

Before Children, women often don’t think about the time they spend behind the closed doors of a bathroom. They simply understand it as nature intended.

It’s only After Children that you begin to view your bathroom habits as a privilege rather than a right. When you have a newborn, their schedule becomes your schedule. They have no concept that you need to use the toilet—because they need to eat now! Right now! Suddenly, their nature trumps your nature.

As your baby grows into a delightful toddler and you find yourself trying to steal a few minutes of time to use the bathroom, she remains completely oblivious to your need to urinate in private. You close the door, but it doesn’t matter. Doors, to quote author Derek Landy, are for people with no imagination. Your toddler will simply continue to carry on her one-sided conversation, despite the fact that you haven’t responded with anything more sophisticated than “hmm-mm.”

She will then ask if you can open the door so she can join you. You can refuse, but trust me—she will find a way to get in. You know that 2 inch space between the floor and the bottom of the door? Why, that’s just the right size for a chubby toddler fist to reach through.

So let’s be honest—all Mom really wants for Mother’s Day is a chance to pee in peace. Rather than give her flowers or chocolates, give her something that will help maximize the very few moments she takes each day when she heeds nature’s call. A bidet system is akin to giving her a daily spa experience—right in her very own home.

Previously relegated to Asian and European markets, bidet sales in the United States have grown steadily in recent years. It seems that Americans are catching on to the comforts and health benefits bidets provide, as well as the environmentally sound aspect (since bidet users don’t need toilet paper).

No need to do a full remodeling project on your bathroom; you can buy bidet toilet seats that go right on your existing toilet!

5 Reasons Every Mom Needs a Bidet System:

Reason #1: Hemorrhoids

There are so many wonderful, secret aspects of pregnancy that no one shares ahead of time, aren’t there? You imagine your significant other gazing into your eyes adoringly while rubbing your swollen belly, dreaming about the Nobel Prize winner you’re busily growing inside you. What you don’t foresee are the hemorrhoids the size of grapes now taking up residence in your rectum.

Yes, hemorrhoids are one of those dirty little secrets no one lets you in on until it’s too late. Unfortunately, you’re more prone to this uncomfortable (and sometimes, truly painful) condition during pregnancy because your growing uterus puts pressure on your pelvic veins.

More bad news on this front: postpartum hemorrhoids are also incredibly common, especially if you did a lot of pushing during labor. For many women, these can last up to 6-9 months post-birth.

However, a bidet can greatly help to heal hemorrhoids. This is because instead of wiping with harsh toilet paper, which can be abrasive, a bidet uses warm water to rinse the rectal area. The warm and gentle spray can help an area that’s already inflamed and swollen. In addition, the lack of wiping can keep new hemorrhoids from appearing, and it keeps the area clean.

Reason #2: Constipation

Constipation is another uncomfortable issue many mothers face. For pregnant women, it occurs because of the increase in the hormone progesterone. This relaxes muscles throughout the body, making it slower for food to pass through the body.

For many mothers, constipation doesn’t end with the arrival of that bouncing baby. Complaints about constipation are 2-3 times more common in women than men, and it’s an ailment that some will deal with for years to come.

A bidet can help relieve constipation because the warm water helps relax and loosen the anal area, so bowel movements are easier.

Reason #3: Feminine Hygiene

As if you didn’t have enough to deal with as a mom, there are also often feminine issues to deal with, such as vaginal infections. Oftentimes moms are so busy they delay a trip to the gynecologist’s office even if something doesn’t feel right “down there.”

A bidet can actually help stop vaginal issues before they start. Sometimes the culprit behind bacterial infections is fecal matter which accidentally enters the vaginal opening.

By using a bidet, you rid the area of all that “nasty stuff” much better than using paper would, so you lower the risk of infection.

Reason #4: Urinary Tract and Bladder Infections

Haven’t read enough about feces yet? (C’mon, you’re a mom – after changing a thousand diapers, there’s no longer anything about feces that makes you uncomfortable.) Well, the fecal matter issue we referred to above can also aid in the development of bladder and urinary tract infections.

A bidet can prevent that bacteria from entering the vaginal opening, decreasing your risk of developing one of these infections.

Reason #5: It Gives Mom a Lovely, Spa-Like Experience

In addition to providing solutions for the health concerns listed above, Brondell’s Swash advanced bidet toilet seats are the Porsche of potties. (And doesn’t Mom deserve the very best this Mother’s Day?!) With 4 models ranging from economically priced to luxury, the Swash provides an unparalleled bathroom experience.

FreshSpa Easy Bidet Attachment

Features of The Swash advanced bidet toilet seats:

  • Warm water wash
  • Wireless remote control
  • Adjustable heated seat
  • Warm air dryer
  • And more!

Brondell’s Swash bidet toilet seats can make those stolen moments of solitude last the whole day. Doesn’t Mom deserve to not only pee in peace—but in luxury? Which Swash is right for me?