How to use a bidet: 10 steps (with pictures)

How to use a bidet: 10 steps (with pictures)
How to use a bidet: 10 steps (with pictures)

When you travel to Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, or even China, you will often find a bidet in your bathroom. It allows you to clean your behind and your private parts after going to your natural needs by replacing the toilet paper which you certainly know. If you've never used a bidet before, you may be wondering what to do next. Rest assured, it's very simple. To get started, sit back and make yourself comfortable.


Part 1 of 3: settling on a bidet

Use a Bidet Step 1

Step 1. Do your business

The purpose of the bidet is to wash you after you have had your natural needs. It is possible to combine the use of a bidet and toilet paper, but with a bidet, the latter is optional. Although some people think that using a bidet is much more hygienic than using toilet paper, others use both.

Use a Bidet Step 2

Step 2. Locate the bidet

Usually you will find the bidet next to the toilet seat, it looks like a sink and it has an elongated shape. Nowadays, there are also bidets that are built into the toilet seat, that way you don't have to move from object to object, which is very convenient. There are therefore 2 types of bidets today, free-standing bidets (common in Europe) and bidets integrated into the toilet seat (common in Asia).

  • The free-standing bidet. This type of bidet is normally located next to the toilet seat and has an independent water supply. Sometimes you will find it a little further away or even on the other side of the bathroom. This type of bidet originated (and many other things) in 18th century Europe. Whatever its location, you will first have to do your business, then get up and move around to finally sit on this temple of cleanliness.
  • The integrated bidet. In Asia and North America, the bidet function is integrated into the toilets, often for reasons of space saving, this is the case for example in Japan, you will also find small technological marvels in this area. Tokyo. The bonus is that you don't have to get up and move around to clean yourself up.
Use a Bidet Step 3

Step 3. Overlap the free-standing bidet

In old French, bidet means little horse. You have the option to sit facing the faucets, which is convenient, but you can also turn your back to them, as if you are sitting on the toilet. By being in front of the faucets, you have better control over the temperature and amount of water you use. As you see the water coming in, it will be easy for you to wash your genitals and anus.

  • To cope with the faucets, you need to remove your pants so that you can sit down and be able to wash yourself comfortably. If you don't want to completely remove your pants, pull out one leg, which will allow you to step over the little horse.
  • How you sit on the bidet (facing the faucets or with your back to them) depends mainly on what part of your anatomy you want to clean. If you wish to wash your genitals, it is strongly recommended to face the jets of water. If you want to ablue your pretty butt, it is best not to face the jets of water.
Use a Bidet Step 4

Step 4. Use a built-in bidet

Locate the button to activate the water jet, normally Laver (wash in English or ウ ォ ッ シ ュ in Japanese). Sometimes there are several buttons to send the water in different directions. Controls can be located on one side of the toilet seat or on the wall. Press down with your index or middle finger and you will feel a jet of water rinse your private parts.

Finish your ablutions. On some models you have to press the Stop button (停止 in Japanese), on others you just have to release the Wash button

Part 2 of 3: washing on a bidet

Use a Bidet Step 5

Step 1. Adjust the power and temperature

If the bidet that is at your disposal has a tap for hot water and another for cold water, first turn on the one for hot water, then open the cold water tap and adjust the temperature according to your needs. your preferences. Be careful when turning on the faucet, as some bidets can expel water with high power. In some cases, the spray will stop automatically, so you will have to keep your fingers on the faucet to keep the water flowing.

  • If you are in a hot country like the Middle East, it is best to turn on the cold water faucet to start, as the water takes much less time to heat up and you risk burning. your sensitive parts. In any case, pay close attention to the water temperature when using a free-standing bidet.
  • Try to locate the outlet of the water jet beforehand or you may be surprised at where the water will suddenly gush out. If the bidet you are using has a nozzle (this is for example the case in Great Britain for legal reasons), put your hand on it to retain the jet and then adjust the deflector lever by pulling it or pressing it.
Use a Bidet Step 6

Step 2. Find the right position

Crouch or sit over the water spray so that it sprays the area you want to clean. Move around the bidet while standing a little higher or, if you wish, remain seated. Bidets do not have a plastic seat like the toilet bowl, but you can sit directly on it, they are intended for that. Some old models do not have a jet, but simply a water inlet to fill the bowl of the little horse. In this case, you need to wash your private parts with your fingers.

Use a Bidet Step 7

Step 3. Wash yourself thoroughly

By using a bidet equipped with powerful water jets, these normally do the job for you and you don't have to touch yourself. If, on the other hand, it is a basin-type bidet, you have to get your hands dirty … In any case, you can always use your fingers to carry out a complete cleaning, but do not forget to yourself. wash your hands after!

Use toilet paper and the powerful jets of water. If you wish, you can start using paper or end with paper. In any case, you should dry yourself off with a towel or toilet paper

Part 3 of 3: finalize the transaction

Use a Bidet Step 8

Step 1. Dry yourself well

There are certain models of bidets that incorporate a dryer, um, you know what we mean… Like a hairdryer, but not for the hair! Look for a Dry button (English and Japanese ド ラ イ) near the Wash button. If there is no dryer, use toilet paper or a towel. In hotels, you should find a towel hanging near the gleaming bidet. Be careful, because it can be used to dry you or to clean the wet edges of the bidet.

Use a Bidet Step 9

Step 2. Rinse the little horse

Once your ablutions are finished, rinse the bidet by operating the jets with low power for a few seconds. This is in order to leave the place when you leave as clean as you found it when you arrived.

Remember to turn off the water jets before you leave the bathroom or you risk causing a flood while wasting our precious water unnecessarily

Use a Bidet Step 10

Step 3. Wash your hands with soap

Now that your private parts are perfectly clean, all you have to do is clean your hands with soap and water, just like you would using a conventional toilet.


  • Here are tips for using a built-in bidet in a modern toilet. There are different types depending on the brand and the country you are in. Sometimes the water jet controls are placed near you and sometimes the system is electronic and automatic. Some devices have 2 water outlets, one for washing the anus and the other for the genitals (they can be specially designed for women having a different length). Still others have one (or two) output that you can adjust by moving it forward or backward (you'll find this often in Japan).
  • It is possible to get a bidet that you can install yourself on the toilet in your house. Some models run on electricity and some don't.
  • Bidets are particularly present in some countries. You will find it frequently in Japan, South Korea, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Turkey, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Lebanon, Pakistan and India.
  • The use of the bidet has many advantages, in particular in the following cases.

    • To take care of the elderly, for people with reduced mobility, for people with disabilities or when it is difficult for you to clean a shower or a bathtub.
    • Using the bidet is recommended when you have hemorrhoids, as you significantly reduce irritation from toilet paper.
    • It can help women who have their period and minimize their period pain as well as prevent problems with vaginal infections.
    • A bidet also allows you to wash your feet quickly and easily.


  • Clean the bidet thoroughly and dry it before and after using it, especially if you have bowel problems. The droppings can sometimes clog the pipes when they are narrow, which can be really annoying for the people who will be using the small horse after your passage.
  • It is not recommended to drink from the bidet. This is not the use for which it is intended, the water may bounce off the walls and not be drinkable.
  • If you are in an area where the quality of the water supply is questionable and you have irritation or are particularly sensitive, avoid using a free-standing bidet. Your skin is the protection against infections.
  • Some people bathe babies in bidets. Baby baths look more or less like free-standing bidets. However, you should only do this if you are only using the bidet for this purpose. If you have a babysitter, talk to them.
  • Be especially careful when adjusting the water pressure and temperature of a bidet. Strong pressure can cause irritation and if the water is too hot you can seriously burn yourself.
  • Do not overtighten the faucets or the gaskets could be damaged.

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