| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Why Haven’t Bidets Caught On In The US?


If you were walking
barefoot in a park or yard and stepped in dog poop, would you only use a couple
of napkins to wipe it off? No. You’d probably wash it off with water. And it’s for similar reasons
that people worldwide use bidets to clean themselves after using the bathroom. In western Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Asia. They’re cleaner and more
environmentally friendly than just plain old toilet paper. But there’s one place where
bidets are not so welcome, which made us wonder: Why haven’t they caught on in the US? The word bidet actually means “pony” or “small horse” in French, since using a bidet is
similar to straddling a pony. And it’s in France that the
first known bidet appeared, in the 1700s. People would scoop the water with their hands to wash themselves off. At first, it was mostly
for the upper class, but by the 19th century, indoor plumbing led to
the bidets we have today. You might describe it as a really low sink next to the toilet. Its popularity spread from France to all across Europe and
other parts of the world, except for America. Part of the reason is that
bidets got a bad reputation. Americans first saw them in World War II in European brothels, so, many associated them with sex work. By the time Arnold Cohen tried to introduce them
to America in the 1960s, it was too late. He couldn’t seem to defeat the stigma, and he quickly discovered
that no one really wanted “to hear about Tushy Washing 101.” In the meantime, Japan was taking bidets to the next level. Toto, a Japanese company, made some of its bidets electric. So, why hasn’t America embraced the bidet? Well, bathrooms in the US
aren’t really built for bidets. There’s no space or
additional plumbing setup for bidet fixtures. But the biggest reason it hasn’t caught on comes down to habit. Most Americans grew up using toilet paper. And many might not even know there’s an alternative way to stay clean. But using a bidet actually
makes a huge difference. For one, it’s more
environmentally friendly. The bidet uses only one-eighth
of a gallon of water, while it takes about 37 gallons of water to make a single roll of toilet paper. Americans spend $40 to $70 a year on average for toilet paper and use approximately 34 million rolls of toilet paper a day. Investing in a bidet
seat or bidet attachment can lower your spending on
toilet paper by 75% or more. You’ll also be saving
some of the 384 trees that are cut down to
make a single person’s lifetime toilet-paper supply. By now, you might be
wondering about wet wipes. Don’t they do pretty much the same thing? Well, no. Constantly wiping can irritate
the skin and give you rashes. And it can still leave residue, because you’re really
just smearing with paper. Not only that, but wet
wipes are actually harmful to the ocean and can cause sewer damage. But washing yourself with a
bidet can help with cleanliness, which may lead to fewer
instances of rashes, hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections,
and other medical issues. And if you’re worried
about using toilet water to clean your back end, you shouldn’t be. It’s tap water. Just like the water from your sink. So give the bidet a try. Maybe start off with a
toilet-seat attachment. Because, in the end, it’s
just washing yourself without hopping into the shower!

100 Comments

Jaws Soledad

Aug 8, 2019, 9:29 am Reply

Sounds like the toilet paper lobby is paying politicians to keep toilet paper the norm.

relldafox

Aug 8, 2019, 9:30 am Reply

I getting a bidet

iwhd

Aug 8, 2019, 9:36 am Reply

lol shitty americans, all they want to do is destroy this planet

Larry O

Aug 8, 2019, 9:55 am Reply

It’s because they want us to get hemorrhoids

ABONESR

Aug 8, 2019, 10:01 am Reply

what if I shat onto the bideah?

Saqif Choudhury

Aug 8, 2019, 10:09 am Reply

Lmao. Muslims have been washing their butts since it's inception. All you required is a plant watering bucket and fill it up with water

Abdullah Yusuf Doğan

Aug 8, 2019, 10:24 am Reply

Isn't a bit disgusting to not use water after toilet?

Imback 2killu

Aug 8, 2019, 10:29 am Reply

Man y'all love hating on Americans bruh… Literally every country hates us… Shit I'm from Nepal but when I moved to Texas I adapted to toilet paper quick. One problem is that my toilet rn is jammed cuz I use a lot of toilet paper

NextGeneration 9501

Aug 8, 2019, 10:40 am Reply

ughh…i would use water to wash off my a**, imagine there's still smell of your poop when you wear pants

Oodle Richhy

Aug 8, 2019, 10:58 am Reply

Toto definitely has many options including freezing and burning your ass.

Puff Daddy FPV

Aug 8, 2019, 11:13 am Reply

I personally find it more convenient to have a prostitute eating my ass.

sherwin soares

Aug 8, 2019, 11:25 am Reply

Toilet paper conglomerates : wait that's illegal

M X

Aug 8, 2019, 11:33 am Reply

Western Europe????

YouTube ED

Aug 8, 2019, 11:34 am Reply

Because Americans are shit already ???

Shawn Mushoriwa

Aug 8, 2019, 11:35 am Reply

No thanks #TechInsider, you can wipe your butt hole with your hands if you want, I will stick to tissue paper.

f Forecast

Aug 8, 2019, 11:37 am Reply

What kind of pervert drew oil paintings of women using the bidet??

f Forecast

Aug 8, 2019, 11:40 am Reply

Might have just convinced me to get a bidet

the DEFAVLT gamer

Aug 8, 2019, 12:10 pm Reply

But here in italy we use first the toilet paper and then the bidet

ScienceWorld Maker

Aug 8, 2019, 12:27 pm Reply

They said Americans are rich but cant afford to buy a bidet.

Simone G.

Aug 8, 2019, 12:33 pm Reply

I almost never used toilet paper my skin irritates immediately

jeff

Aug 8, 2019, 12:34 pm Reply

Surely when the jet water hits your shit covered arsehole it splashes all over the place, making more mess?

long-time listener , first-time caller

Aug 8, 2019, 12:46 pm Reply

i straight up shower after going boom-boom. and americans are still better than the german "lay n display", "continental shelf", "look at what you did" model toilets. ??

VibezVideo

Aug 8, 2019, 12:50 pm Reply

Why to flush the toilet with water when you could just wipe it all with toilet paper?

Mi Ki

Aug 8, 2019, 12:51 pm Reply

Hooo… So that's why they use toilet paper.. ? ?

Michael S

Aug 8, 2019, 1:07 pm Reply

Who gives a shit?

Joe Al

Aug 8, 2019, 1:14 pm Reply

Even if there is no bidet, there is a spray with hose similiar to some kitchen have to use for cleaning.

EGirlShine

Aug 8, 2019, 1:15 pm Reply

I dont want be wet there though

Johnny Hsieh

Aug 8, 2019, 1:35 pm Reply

Dirty American assholes!! Smears aside, surely some of the water squirts and splashes out in the open when it hits 2 golden orbs?

chris Green

Aug 8, 2019, 1:39 pm Reply

People use this cause they don't know how to use the three sea shells lol

Albert Einstein

Aug 8, 2019, 1:44 pm Reply

Does it also dry your Butt ??

Brian Smith

Aug 8, 2019, 1:54 pm Reply

This is the thing with a bidet attachment…a sprinkling of water wets the surface not washes it off. I would think the use of a full hand and some soap to be necessary to determine cleanliness, otherwise you will need said toilet paper to wipe dry or risk poo smeared across your bath towel…and then unaware at times the bacteria throwing a party in it. ?‍♀️. I recommend a shower each time.

Tonafix 89

Aug 8, 2019, 2:04 pm Reply

I'm Italian, here bidets are a must have in every house. It is true, though, that they are not in most part of Europe (not even in France, ironically).

Matt P

Aug 8, 2019, 2:07 pm Reply

we don't use bidets here in england either. who wants a wet arse?

Hightlyze

Aug 8, 2019, 2:12 pm Reply

I use soap

Carl Willetts

Aug 8, 2019, 2:42 pm Reply

Japanese toilets and the Thai bum gun are much better than scraping dry paper over your butt. Wet wipes are only a problem if you flush them and not bag them and bin them.

Sushila Bisht

Aug 8, 2019, 3:13 pm Reply

And then you say americans are the smartest ?

therealDale

Aug 8, 2019, 3:58 pm Reply

My beloved third world Filipino ass is cleansed by a bidet.

Poor americuns.

theTRIOS

Aug 8, 2019, 3:58 pm Reply

Well damn the amount of racism in the comment section is enough to kill anyone's dream of traveling to different countries around the world.

farid maulaui

Aug 8, 2019, 4:00 pm Reply

when I go to europe i always have a water bottle for my ass

Sahib

Aug 8, 2019, 4:10 pm Reply

Because Americans are unhygienic af. I’ve even caught some of them not wash their hands in public restrooms.

Patrick Dan

Aug 8, 2019, 4:20 pm Reply

They can also use Jet Spray ?

Boby NcBob

Aug 8, 2019, 4:23 pm Reply

Cause I don't want water sprayed up my butt

Adil SK 20053

Aug 8, 2019, 4:37 pm Reply

How dumb can Americans be to be associating bidets with Sex work? What do you think brothels in the Europe did with their bidets, have girls pole dance around them?

James Andrew Gabica

Aug 8, 2019, 4:41 pm Reply

Ewww, i feel dirty to use toilet paper to clean my arse, I'd rather use it to dry up my arse after i use water and soap, and we don't use bidet, we use tabo (just search it, if u havent heard about it). Water feels clean, but water wity soap is way cleaner.

Er Shoebkhan

Aug 8, 2019, 4:46 pm Reply

The only thing worse than american system for measurements

Silly You

Aug 8, 2019, 4:59 pm Reply

Is it sanitary? I mean if someone poops and uses it and the water sprays around, doesn't it land/drip on the sprayer too? …so when the next person uses It there can be feces on it spraying up at their butt from the person before them??

ps3dubbs

Aug 8, 2019, 5:04 pm Reply

Just get a Bidet-Douche-Spray and job done. I cant believe Americans don’t use them.

Milhouse

Aug 8, 2019, 5:27 pm Reply

They even still use the imperial system when it comes to measurements. ?

o k

Aug 8, 2019, 5:33 pm Reply

Bc I don’t want my asshole to penetrated by water

brent gurski

Aug 8, 2019, 5:38 pm Reply

is there any corilation between the toilet paper companys and the toilet bowel producers that steer people away from bidets like the car industries did with rail transit

Jonathan F

Aug 8, 2019, 6:01 pm Reply

Because it's "gay." #toxicmasculinity

John Moore

Aug 8, 2019, 6:03 pm Reply

I’m just afraid of the germs getting sprayed into my butt. I could see owning and using one at home. But screw public ones.

Darth Andres

Aug 8, 2019, 7:17 pm Reply

So do you just sit there and wait for your butt to dry? Like i don’t wanna walk around with a wet butt

Mus11

Aug 8, 2019, 9:36 pm Reply

water is good my friends. really helps

JC Tutoring

Aug 8, 2019, 9:47 pm Reply

Unfortunately, America takes longer to implement common sense policies that the rest of the industrialized world already uses. This applies to bidets, the metric system, and single-payer healthcare. This may due to the anti-science and conservative ideology of the Republican Party…always resisting all forms of positive social and technological changes, even if it means more people are happier and healthier.

Tyler C

Aug 8, 2019, 9:53 pm Reply

I want a bidet now

Christian Bobby

Aug 8, 2019, 10:21 pm Reply

bro america is one of many countries that doesn't use bidets. hop off America's dick

DeShawn Terrance

Aug 8, 2019, 10:30 pm Reply

My parents are immigrants and they installed bidets in our bathrooms ever since I can remember. Ironic how some Americans like to think immigrants are dirty when they don't even clean there asses correctly like the rest of the ?!

James Sharpe

Aug 8, 2019, 10:57 pm Reply

These videos always pretend the uk has everything that the us doesnt. I like in the uk and I have never seen a bigit

googleisFascist

Aug 8, 2019, 11:13 pm Reply

Cool I didn’t know you can buy them that cheap and install it

APPLE4YOU

Aug 8, 2019, 11:27 pm Reply

Yea but then you gotta clean all shit splatter all over toilet then everyone uses same thing washing there asses eww nobody has time for that

Adam Ahmed

Aug 8, 2019, 11:43 pm Reply

Just use a Lots bro

R -Kee

Aug 8, 2019, 12:19 am Reply

WTF , the bidets r used by arabs to wash feet you fool , we wash our selves in the toilet
You are so ridiculous n got no clue what r u talking about

Weicong Zhang

Aug 8, 2019, 1:30 am Reply

I’ll stick with toilet paper it still way better. Just wet the paper and wipe. If I really need clean just take a quick shower problem solved no need for this.

Nathalia Santos

Aug 8, 2019, 1:50 am Reply

I didn't know that north America didn't use bidet… when I went to Disney the hotel I stayed had them but then most of the clientele was from Brazil….

No

Aug 8, 2019, 2:54 am Reply

I don't know man it may be clean but look at the stream of water it looks like it could be painful

Jeff W

Aug 8, 2019, 3:37 am Reply

I'm an American and I put a bidet in my bathroom. I've been asked by a few friends that isn't it harder to get clean after using water. I politely asked them is it easier to get mud or water off in your car? They always smile and say good point

prabanjan raja

Aug 8, 2019, 4:11 am Reply

Water sprays are the best and relaxing ??? those who don’t use it won’t understand

Mr.Tibs

Aug 8, 2019, 6:17 am Reply

I’m from Canada and bidets are amazing

jeroen

Aug 8, 2019, 6:21 am Reply

i just shower after each toilet visit

HOH

Aug 8, 2019, 7:13 am Reply

They should be standard features. The cheapest toilet with a bidet in Canada I could find was $5000. People are all about their stupid Teslas and recycling…what about the bidet?? I thought it was just ignorant men trying to make us suffer. I'd like a damn thermostat in my shower water too! The things I'd pay for if they were available.

Just a Normal Viewer

Aug 8, 2019, 7:14 am Reply

You wanna know how we Indonesian clean our butt?
1. Use water to wipe out the poop
2. Wipe your hole with your soaped hand
3. Clean it off with water
4. Use soap to clean your hand (just in case there's bacterias)
5. Dry your butt with towel

I thought it was disgusting, but our method actually one of the cleanest way to clean our butt.

Emmanuel Go

Aug 8, 2019, 9:30 am Reply

In the Philippines we don’t have bidet or paper towel, we only used tabo to get the water in the bucket and in the forest we used leaves to wipe it,Filipinos are more environmentally friendly ?.

Make this blue if you are Filipino ??
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The Evil Dude

Aug 8, 2019, 10:09 am Reply

and yet Americans love to eat ass. wtf?!

Cheng Yiq

Aug 8, 2019, 10:30 am Reply

Bidet isn't really a thing in my country. So it's kinda a new thing to me.

Does people who uses bidet wipe their butt with their hands and water sprayed out instead of toilet paper?

bzy a

Aug 8, 2019, 10:36 am Reply

Damn i thought the bidet is meant to wash dem faces..?

JJ 04

Aug 8, 2019, 11:09 am Reply

But then you have a wet arse afterwards

Armistice

Aug 8, 2019, 11:21 am Reply

Wait wtf I got one in my school and it is beside the sink

Mohammed Khaled

Aug 8, 2019, 12:26 pm Reply

and eating ass in standard in america…. now imagine all the chocolate stuffed crepes people toss through

Aall Pprr

Aug 8, 2019, 1:57 pm Reply

But in france they don’t have bidets

02 23

Aug 8, 2019, 4:19 pm Reply

U stil need toiletpaper in the end ?

Life Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Aug 8, 2019, 5:41 pm Reply

Thank you for this, I am American born Muslim and I dislike the whole toilet paper in every public restroom ideology. I am so used to bidets that I hardly ever use public restrooms since they only have toilet paper.

mustard roshi

Aug 8, 2019, 5:46 pm Reply

Why not both first bidet than paper

WolfFrame

Aug 8, 2019, 6:36 pm Reply

I still have toilet paper based toilet and I from Europe.

vids vids

Aug 8, 2019, 6:57 pm Reply

Is this a ad?

Umbro Khan

Aug 8, 2019, 7:14 pm Reply

Maybe you should learn from muslims how to clean your bottom with water.

GO GREEN

Aug 8, 2019, 7:28 pm Reply

We in the West have some much water that we shit in it! While hundreds millions of ppl don't have access to water or travel 10miles every day to obtain it.

victor lee

Aug 8, 2019, 8:05 pm Reply

American here, wish we had it, kinda wierd on first try but really nice after getting used to and no need for toilet paper. I understand why it can be thought as sexual but c'mon, stop having such a dirty mind lol.

arturo reyes

Aug 8, 2019, 9:09 pm Reply

Wait

So these things spray watter in your butt hole?!?

Kumo I Iipinge

Aug 8, 2019, 9:32 pm Reply

Nah bru I'm sticking with toilet paper.

Nasim Azhar

Aug 8, 2019, 10:02 pm Reply

I actually used to think those bidets were to wash ur pets. ?

SWOOPSCOOP !

Aug 8, 2019, 10:03 pm Reply

I am in europe and i have never seen a bidet in real life

Shujaet Din

Aug 8, 2019, 10:52 pm Reply

I got a Cottonelle tissue paper ad before this video. LOL

Menna Gamal M.g.

Aug 8, 2019, 10:57 pm Reply

We here in egypt USE BOTH ??

Patrick Kroll

Aug 8, 2019, 1:53 am Reply

I live in the U.S and i have a bidet instead of toilet paper but you usually wont find them in public

Milo Persic

Aug 8, 2019, 2:37 am Reply

This is an incredibly misleading and poorly researched video. Bidets in Europe do not replace toilet paper. Europeans use toilet paper to clean their butts, just like Americans. Bidets replace daily showering so you can wash your undercarriage in a low sink without being "inconvenienced" by taking a full shower. The Asian toilets that spray water on your poop chute are not bidets and do not replace them, nor toilet paper. Bidets are hardly universal or even common in every European country. As an American who's lived in several European countries for years, I'm astounded at the innacuracy of this video.

Babam Wat

Aug 8, 2019, 3:19 am Reply

A family friend had this type of toilet in his house and It had Korean labels so I didn't know how to flush it. I ended up pressing random buttons. So the hose came out and got the towels wet that was hanged on the door.

Luckily I used that toilet when we were about to leave.

lovelyjason4ever100

Aug 8, 2019, 5:06 am Reply

this video was sponsored by bidets of america ?

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Putri SN

Aug 8, 2019, 6:23 am Reply

Always have problem with public toilet while traveling abroad, it just doesnt feel completely clean by wipe it with paper towel.

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