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Why Americans Don't Like Bidets

Even Though Bidets Are More Hygienic Than Just Using Toilet Paper

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Imagine waking up and getting in the shower, only to rub your body with toilet paper. Feeling "sparkly clean"? No, right! Then, why we are so comfortable doing exactly that to the dirtiest part of our bodies—our nether regions.

Bidets have been around for over 300 years but somehow, we have failed to accept them into our American way of life. Even during the pandemic, as we took part in the toilet paper hoarding frenzy, the thought of using bidets just didn't cross our minds.

Why Americans Don't Like Bidets?

Bidets come with several cultural taboos. The history of bidets dates back to 18th century France. As the indoor plumbing gained popularity in the 19th century, they quickly spread across Europe and other parts of the world, except America.

During World War II, Americans saw bidets in European brothels and associated them with sex work. Even later when Arnold Cohen tried to introduce this device in the 1960s U.S., it was too late. There was a looming stigma behind anything resembling bidet; so Americans continued using toilet paper to escape the "Europeanization."

Another reason was the associated feminity with them.

"In the United States, bidets recalled all kinds of feminine failings: women's sexuality, women's unwanted pregnancies, and women's biology," writes Maria Teresa Hart in her 2018 piece for The Atlantic. "As such, they were shunned."

But perhaps it's not that late. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it's that we are a part of a bigger world. It's our responsibility to take care of this global society and environment as much as we do of ourselves.

Just as a step forward, let's leave behind cultural taboos and embrace better toilet hygiene.

So, Are Bidets Really More Hygienic Than Toilet Paper?

Wiping with dry paper or wet wipes contributes to the 30 million annual cases of hemorrhoids, UTIs, yeast infections, anal fissures, and anal itching.

Kate Knibbs, senior reporter at Wired, while talking about bidets during the coronavirus crisis with NPR, mentions, "One of the doctors that I talked to told me that most people don't know how to wipe properly. And if you wipe properly, you can get most of the—fecal residue . . . I believe was the phrase he used. But because most people don't, you know, they're not being as hygienic as they should be. And a bidet is a more foolproof way of making sure you're completely clean."

While there are very few peer-reviewed studies about the health benefits of using bidets, more and more doctors are recommending switching to washing with water for improved butt hygiene. Apart from hygiene, bidets are better than toilet paper in terms of cost, environmental friendliness, and other health benefits.

70% Reduced Cost

According to market research firm Statista, Americans use nearly 28 pounds of toilet paper per person annually. On average, we spend $80-$120 a year on toilet papers. This cost can significantly be brought down to 70–100% by simply investing in a bidet seat or attachment. Typical modern bidets are a one-time investment (TUSHY classic bidet toilet attachment costs only $79), with little maintenance cost.

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Eco-friendly

Although Americans make up just 4% of the world's population, we generate more toilet paper waste than any other country, and we are responsible for a huge 20% of global tissue consumption, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Making toilet papers from trees leads to a massive release of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It takes 437 billion gallons of water, 253,000 tons of bleach, and 15 million trees to make toilet paper annually. The worst part, most leading U.S. brands like Charmin and Angel Soft, source their toilet paper from old, previously untouched rainforest.

Switching to bidets eliminates the tremendous waste that comes with toilet papers. Most recent bidet-converts use either eco-friendly bamboo toilet paper to super-soft towels to pat dry, which again reduces the overall TP consumption by at least 80%.

Bidets for Women

TUSHY confidently relies on Gen Z women to be their most loyal users of bidet attachments, and the reason is pretty solid. Women are prone to yeast infection and UTIs that makes toilet hygiene a top priority for them. Unfortunately, using just toilet paper to "clean" themselves causes not only discomfort during infectious times but often, it exacerbates the issue. We found hundreds of reviews by women who sing praises of TUSHY bidets—as gently washing with bidets provide relief from symptoms like irritation, discomfort, and burning sensation.

Also, they are a godsend for pregnant women. Pregnancy often comes with weight gain, hemorrhoids, reduced mobility, and heightened sensitivity—which makes wiping away and maintaining utmost butt hygiene an entirely new challenge.

In times like these, bidets let you make the most of your bathroom experience by freeing you from abrasions and irritation of toilet paper rubbing, and leaving you feeling fresher and cleaner.

Bidets to Help With Hemorrhoids

Over 10 million Americans suffer from Hemorrhoids, most of them between age 45–65; but over half the population will experience them at some point in their lives. Hemorrhoids cause irritation, burning sensation, and extreme pain—thus, people suffering from them dread going to the toilet.

Fortunately, bidets eliminate the need of using abrasive toilet paper. Modern bidet attachments can help provide relief to the symptoms, like tenderness and irritation, and potentially save you from undergoing surgery.

With so many benefits, bidet is an obvious and more hygienic alternative to toilet paper. In March 2020, TUSHY reported record-sales of $1 Million amid the COVID-19-induced pandemic. To meet with the surging demands and keep the bidets flowing, TUSHY is offering free shipping across the United States.

With more people leaving behind toilet paper (or switching to eco-friendly alternatives) and joining the bidet wagon, there's a possibility that we can move past the stigma toward better butt hygiene.

Switch to TUSHY classic bidet toilet attachment for just $79 today!

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