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Why Most Americans Don't Own a Bidet

Bidet Toilet

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  • Bidets are common in certain parts of Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Japan, but haven’t caught on in America
  • The first bidets involved using your hand to cleanse your genitals directly; Americans have, traditionally, been conservative in this area and probably preferred the “shield” of toilet paper between one’s genitals and hands
  • During World War II, US soldiers likely saw bidets in French brothels (and probably nowhere else), which spread the idea that they were “dirty” or “immoral”
  • According to Kohler, which is the largest manufacturer of bidets in the US, bidets are becoming more popular in America, especially among the elderly and in high-end “luxury” bathroom
  • Bidets provide superior hygiene, are gentler on your skin and are better for the environment than toilet paper; with a bidet seat, you can even install one right on your existing toilet

By Dr. Mercola

If you live in the US, there's a good chance your bathroom does not contain a bidet. Yet, if you travel to certain parts of Europe, South America, the Middle East, or Japan, bidets are commonplace – and they wouldn't have it any other way.

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