#Wash Dont Wipe

Our bums are under attack! Over the past month, it has been nearly impossible to avoid some level of exposure to Kimberly-Clark’s most recent product launch – Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths. Backed by a massive advertising budget, the online and Twitter campaign #LetsTalkBums blitz has been everywhere. However, are flushable wipes really the best practice for your backside? Our research says NO.

Cottonelle isn’t breaking any new ground with this concept of using water to clean your nether regions. Brondell’s been talking up the benefits of water in the bathroom for over 10 years. And now everyone from Charmin to Pampers is starting to understand what Brondell has known all along – wash, don’t wipe. Water is certainly more hygienic and sanitary than toilet paper, but wipes really aren’t that different from regular toilet paper as they still spread bacteria.

Cottonelle doesn’t want the cleansing cloths to cannibalize toilet paper sales, so they re-created the bathroom process with their profits solely in mind; encouraging users to first use toilet paper, then their wipes, and finish up with more toilet paper. It’s completely wasteful and expensive. Take a family of 4, their annual toilet paper expenses alone add up to almost $350. This number is actually increasing steadily as many manufacturers have been reducing the number of sheets per roll, causing consumers to purchase even more packages of toilet paper every year. Then when you incorporate the cost of the wipes, their total annual spend balloons 63% to over $550 (tax not included)! Cottonelle’s advertising and messaging conveniently leaves out the excessive drain on your wallet padding their bottom line.

Switching to a bidet toilet seat will put money back in your pocket and improve your overall health. Brondell’s bestselling bidet toilet seat, the Swash 1000, costs only $599 and is life cycle tested for 7 years. Over that same period, you would spend almost $4,000 or 566% more with the Cottonelle system! It’s clear the bidet toilet seat is the more economical bathroom option.

But that’s not all!  In addition to the significant cost savings you’d realize with a bidet toilet seat, there are ample health benefits that toilet paper and wipes just simply cannot provide. Did you know that 80% of all infectious diseases are passed via human interaction and contact? You wouldn’t normally think of soda fountains, ATM’s, public telephones, and even shopping carts, as being ripe for fecal matter but new studies are demonstrating otherwise. The hands-free bidet toilet seat helps keeps germs from spreading, which significantly reduces the risk of infection. Wiping with toilet paper can be rough on sensitive areas, but the bidet toilet seat’s gentle and soothing wash eliminates the irritation and chaffing that can arise. This is especially advantageous for women who have recently given birth or anyone suffering from hemorrhoids. The bidet toilet seat is also great for children who can have trouble getting clean, or even the elderly who may suffer from reduced mobility. From an environmental perspective, bidet toilet seats can reduce toilet paper by approximately 75%, which in turn reduces the consumption of natural resources for toilet paper production.

Brondell’s line of bidet toilet seats provides a range for anyone looking to make a change.  For those completely new to the refreshing bidet experience, the FreshSpa Easy Bidet Attachment is a great starter model. If you’re still not quite ready to upgrade to the entire seat, another great entry model is the CleanSpa Luxury Hand Held Bidet, which is a sprayer attachment. And for those ready for all the bells and whistles, the Swash1000 Bidet Toilet Seat delivers a luxurious at-home spa experience with its heated seat, warm air dryer, adjustable stainless steel nozzles, and much more. So wash, don’t wipe; and make an investment in your well-being.

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What Is A Bidet Attachment?

Bidet attachments have grown in popularity over recent years as they are both affordable and versatile. With an easy do-it-yourself install, bidet attachments fit nearly all toilets. No need for additional plumbing or electrical and no need to replace your toilet seat. Bidet attachments install between your existing toilet seat and toilet. For those new to using a bidet wash, the price point of a bidet attachment provides the ability to test it out without committing to a larger purchase. Also, for those on a budget a bidet attachment provides the ability to simply have a bidet wash.

FreshSpa Dual Temp Bidet Attachment

Things to look for in a high quality bidet attachment are metal connections, internal brass valve(s) and rated hosing. Since the bidet attachment is constantly under water pressure it is very important to have only the highest quality materials. Plastic expands over time when it is under pressure and will eventually cause a leak and/or flood. A brass internal valve along with metal connections and rated hosing is the only way to avoid this. The FreshSpa series of bidet attachments have brass internal valves, all metal connections and braided PVC hose for cold water connections rated for up to 150psi and high quality tubing for hot water connection rated for up to 212⁰F and 150psi.
FreshSpa Dual Temp Bidet Attachment
A bidet attachment is perfect for a second bathroom, those of us who rent their homes, are on a budget and those with no access to electrical. For those with mobility issues a bidet attachment is a great hygiene solution as simply with the turn of the knob a bidet water wash is provided. Both caregivers and those receiving care in assisted living situations are grateful for the bidet attachment.

Washlets In America

Washlets first gained wide acceptance in Japan, where according to the government, over 72% of all homes have one of these electronic bidet type toilet seats.  Based in Japan, Toto, trademarked the name Washlet, but the term washlet has been adopted much like the term Kleenex has been adopted for facial tissue.  So now washlet and electronic bidet toilet seat are interchangeable.

Although washlets were introduced in Japan in the 1980’s, here in America many are just beginning to discover what a washlet is.  Different than the old style traditional separate bidet fixtures the washlet installs directly onto your existing toilet.  Packed with features many washlets have heated seats, deodorizers, warm air dryers, oscillating nozzles and more controlled by a remote control.  In America some washlets can go for up to $1399 like the one from Kohler, but another company based in the United States, San Francisco to be exact, is Brondell and their top of the line seat goes for only $599The Brondell Swash 1000 is packed full of features like dual stainless steel nozzles, nozzle sterilization, wide spray, sittable lid along with many of the standard washlet features like a heated seat, deodorizer, warm air dryer, positionable nozzles and endless warm water.

Brondell Swash

Brondell Swash

In America awareness of the washlet is growing and Brondell is leading the way.  Whereas in Japan noise reduction features have been popular due to small living quarters, Brondell has substituted those for more functional features like nozzle sterilization utilizing Nano technology (first in the industry) and wide spray for a softer spray with three settings.  Be a part of the Wash Don’t Wipe revolution, get a Brondell Swash!

The #1 Best Hemorrhoids Remedy

There is no way around it… hemorrhoids causes discomfort and in many cases, pain.  Hemorrhoids present themselves in the anal rectal areas with swelling, inflammation, itching, burning, and/or bleeding.  Here is a more full description of hemorrhoids:

Hemorrhoids Description Video

Many people have heard of Preparation H® which is an ointment used for the relief of the symptoms of hemorrhoids.  There are several ointments and creams on the market, all of which tend to be messy and the prices can begin to add up.  Astringents and herbal remedies are also used to treat hemorrhoids, but they typically can take 2-3 hours to start working and can get expensive.  Medicated wipes are also used which leads to the number one sore spot with those that suffer from hemorrhoids… wiping.

Wiping irritates the already irritated affected areas not giving the blood vessels the chance to recover and heal.  This is why the #1 remedy for hemorrhoids is a bidet!  With either the GoSpa – travel bidet, CleanSpa – hand held bidet or FreshSpa – easy bidet the user can inexpensively and easily benefit from washing with water to reduce irritation, increase sanitation and even reduce swelling by washing with cold water.  No need to apply messy ointments or creams and have to walk around all day with that or take expensive remedies.  Just wash naturally with water and eliminate the discomfort and pain of hemorrhoids and heal faster.

Washing With Water Around The World

Washing with water is common in many parts of the world.  You would be hard pressed to visit a bathroom in many countries that does not have the option of washing yourself with water after having used the toilet.  Although in most Western countries it is still viewed as normal to wipe oneself with dry paper the East is leading the way in toilet hygiene.  One piece of data from a study done by the University of Arizona in March 2011 from the United States paints a thousand words:  72% of shopping carts at grocery stores showed positive for fecal matter.

Brondell CleanSpa - hand held bidet, shattaf, bidet sprayer, toilet shower

Brondell CleanSpa – hand held bidet, shattaf, bidet sprayer, toilet shower

This is an all the more interesting piece of data considering the same exact percentage, 72% as of March 2010, of homes in Japan have a bidet toilet seat installed (commonly referred to as a washlet in Japan).  It’s not just Japan and it’s not just modern societies that wash with water.  In India people have been washing with water for centuries.  On the Indian sub-continent a lota with a spout is typically used to maintain hygiene.  Islamic toilet etiquette is to wash with water after using the toilet as well.  The most widely used form of washing with water is a shattaf which is also called a toilet shower or a bidet sprayer.  This is why the shattaf, toilet shower or bidet sprayer, is so ubiquitous in Muslim countries and is now commonly referred to as a Muslim shower.

Tabo from the Philippines

Tabo from the Philippines

The toilet shower or bidet sprayer is also commonly found in South East Asia.  Two particular countries it is widely used in is the Philippines and Thailand.  The origins of washing with water in the Philippines dates back to a practice of washing with water with a tabo, while the origins in Thailand are Islamic nearly every bathroom has a bidet sprayer.es and is now commonly referred to as a Muslim shower.

In the West we have given the world the flush toilet, but we still have a thing or two to learn from the East about toileting.  Washing with water is a better bathroom experience.

What is a bidet?

The bidet was invented by the French.  The first known use of the word is 1766 and translated it means pony.  The name is derived from the way in which the user would have to straddle the wash basin, as in riding a horse.

Traditional Bidet

The traditional bidet is a separate fixture, usually made of porcelain, found close by the toilet in the bathroom.  When one is done using the toilet they move over to the bidet and straddle the fixture, turn on the water to desired pressure and temperature and cleanse the appropriate area.  Many associate the bidet only with women but the bidet is not only used to in feminine washes but also in rear washes as well which benefits both men and women.  Once clean, a dedicated towel or paper is used.

A modern innovation on the traditional style bidet is the electronic bidet toilet seat.  These newer style bidets simply install on the bathroom’s toilet replacing the existing toilet seat.  This is a much more convenient way to experience the benefits of a bidet.  Not only is it more convenient but the bidet toilet seat is packed full of features such as a heated seat, deodorizer, warm air dryer, oscillation and more all controlled, typically, by a wireless remote control.  Other benefits of bidet toilet seat over the traditional style bidet is that there is no need for costly remodeling for extra plumbing water supply and the expense of an additional large porcelain fixture.  Most bidet toilet seats are self-installed in about half an hour and come with all parts that are needed for installation.  A GFI electrical outlet is all that is required in addition to what is needed for the existing toilet fixture.

Bidet Toilet Seat

Bidet Toilet Seat

There are also other bidet type products that are popular as well that include the bidet toilet seat attachment that installs between the toilet and the existing toilet seat and hooks up to the water supply line at the toilet.  There is also the hand held bidet or toilet shower (also referred to as a Muslim shower or shattaf) which is a sprayer head with a trigger that is operated in the palm of the hand and holsters, typically, on the side of the toilet tank.  These are very economical ways of experiencing the benefits of a bidet on any toilet.

Bidet Toilet Seat Attachment

Bidet Toilet Seat Attachment

Hand Held Bidet

Hand Held Bidet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The traditional style bidet is popular in Europe with Italy and Portugal leading the way.  The bidet toilet seat is popular in Asia with Japan and South Korea leading the way.  And, the hand held bidet is popular in the Middle East, South East Asia and South America.