Why US Bathrooms Don’t Have Bidets

By Grover Koelpin 100 comments

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!


Gacha Star

Nov 11, 2019, 2:24 am Reply

I have a bidet ;-;

Jacob Hutton

Nov 11, 2019, 5:39 am Reply

Circumcision caught on in America even though it’s not cleaner. But bidets actually keep people cleaner and aren’t at all popular in the USA?! Psycho


Nov 11, 2019, 6:38 am Reply

Never even heard of a bidet till now. Why can't we just be normal

Tyg Fff

Nov 11, 2019, 7:45 am Reply

It's Hard enough to see people washing their hands, let alone their butt.


Nov 11, 2019, 1:15 pm Reply

i just water bend the water to my ass

Liam Fiordalisi

Nov 11, 2019, 4:30 pm Reply

i got one! https://www.amazon.com/Luxe-Bidet-Neo-120-Non-Electric/dp/B00A0RHSJO/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=bidet&qid=1572712227&sr=8-4


Nov 11, 2019, 12:30 am Reply

You can’t forget about us! It’s not in Wales or England or Scotland!

A.3 1

Nov 11, 2019, 4:34 pm Reply

that explains why americans smell like total shit, they don't even clean there them selfs

Mihnea Lazăr

Nov 11, 2019, 7:02 pm Reply

I live in Romania. Very few people have bidet here too

Keefe Guadeloupe

Nov 11, 2019, 2:52 pm Reply

Flushable wet wipes…

Ryan Urquhart

Nov 11, 2019, 3:06 pm Reply

We have too much homeless people. In the U.S

Naeem Butt

Nov 11, 2019, 3:50 pm Reply

Ha ha coming back to the basics. Old is gold


Nov 11, 2019, 9:50 pm Reply

My friend has a bidet..

Colt- Brawl Stars

Nov 11, 2019, 10:03 am Reply

US: Doesnt have Bidets
Europe:Separate Bidets
India: Amateurs as we have bidets aatached to toilet seats.

booger king

Nov 11, 2019, 5:28 am Reply

Don't waste your time convincing mericans to use bidet… They can't even upgrade to metric system… They still use their caveman units..

Muhammad Omara

Nov 11, 2019, 3:15 pm Reply

Thank god for being Egyptian and I have a clean butt 😂

Jon 1212

Nov 11, 2019, 4:04 pm Reply

Use bidets because it makes your butt clean put using toilet paper will make you have small pieces of feces.

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Nov 11, 2019, 3:20 am Reply

Bidets are too expensive

Ramzi Haroun

Nov 11, 2019, 7:07 am Reply

Interesting. Islam stressed that after defecating, a Muslim MUST wash his/her bottom with water. We are talking about 14 centuries before the West ever thought about it. Each bathroom has a pitcher filled with water for this use, then another pitcher with clean water and soap to wash the hands. BTW: Arabs are the first who invented the soap. Currently I have 4 bidets in my house installed on each toilet.


Nov 11, 2019, 7:04 am Reply

Reading the comment section just made me realize how so many people don't know how to wipe or what they consider a clean asshole. Seriously, some of you disgusting morons prefer shit residue over a wet butt, rebuking the bidet or any water at all as if it's the anti-Christ, I mean, what the hell?


Nov 11, 2019, 8:45 am Reply

Only 70 dollars a year!?!?!

Susan Cameron

Nov 11, 2019, 9:49 am Reply

It's not bee-DAY,it's BEE-day.The emphasis is on the first syllable.She didn't get it right once!


Nov 11, 2019, 12:50 pm Reply

Im Japanese and very confused why Americans haven’t caught on with bidets

Luis X

Nov 11, 2019, 8:46 pm Reply


Clown Crack

Nov 11, 2019, 10:52 pm Reply

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Planefan 08

Nov 11, 2019, 4:22 am Reply

"except for America."

South America: Am I a joke to you?

Zapro Tech & Gaming

Nov 11, 2019, 8:27 am Reply

French people were not the first Bidet users.

Us middle-easterns had it 1400 years ago.

Enterprise’s Modelling Channel

Nov 11, 2019, 10:48 am Reply

i have a toilet with a bidet from a company named american standard..

Frank Sanchez

Nov 11, 2019, 1:13 am Reply

Once the water sprays your asshole you still have to wipe with toilet paper to dry it

Mobster Lobster

Nov 11, 2019, 3:44 am Reply

I am from the US

Jon Abbott

Nov 11, 2019, 7:19 am Reply

Americans are scared to clean their butts in the shower too 🙂

Arabella Michaelis

Nov 11, 2019, 10:16 am Reply

The only reason I wouldn't want a bidet is because I'm paranoid asf that there's a camera in it or something smh haha

Has Jimin Got Them Jams?

Nov 11, 2019, 11:22 am Reply

My school has a bidet. :/

Verity Lindsay

Nov 11, 2019, 4:47 pm Reply

How do I dry though? Towel?

Pfarthiban Kathammuthu

Nov 11, 2019, 1:49 am Reply

Hey I want to paris and there is only toilet paper

Comrade Comey

Nov 11, 2019, 3:36 am Reply

Rather not spray my ass with water thank you

Izhla Yukio

Nov 11, 2019, 9:06 am Reply

what the hell, only using toilet paper is disgusting


Nov 11, 2019, 11:13 am Reply

What about India They have Squat toilets

K Shekar

Nov 11, 2019, 3:15 pm Reply

Oh thank God. I always wondered how can anyone just wipe it off and be okay with it. How would you feel if your surgeon just wiped his hands before operating on you. And I was sick of Americans being on high horse when they travel looking down on other countries and be like "oh they don't have toilet paper".
Dude use water. Don't just wipe off it's gross.

K Shekar

Nov 11, 2019, 3:16 pm Reply

Also thank you for crossing out chocolate for me. Wonderful.

Adam Santos

Nov 11, 2019, 10:52 pm Reply

Using a bidet wont save any trees cuz they are cut down anyway

Colton Nemitz

Nov 11, 2019, 12:39 am Reply

Also I just watched to the end and good lord that water pressure would go down on you hard


Nov 11, 2019, 1:45 am Reply

Why are Americans being made fun of for not using bidets, I’m literally seeing comments from people that are Swedish, British, Australia, Canadian, etc saying they don’t what a bidet is.


Nov 11, 2019, 2:26 am Reply

Scottish bathrooms (in my part of the country) have no room for 2 people most of the time never mind a bidet

Clay McLean

Nov 11, 2019, 7:38 am Reply

nothing says I'M AWAKE like a big squirt of cold water up yer butt….

Pineapple Snail

Nov 11, 2019, 7:46 am Reply

When the water shoot up in the hole

Roanjake Nazarro

Nov 11, 2019, 12:27 pm Reply

Umm can anyone find the difference between my name is Bridgette my username is just my dad's name

professional noob

Nov 11, 2019, 1:47 pm Reply

Egypt has shatofot with is what you where talking about


Nov 11, 2019, 7:56 pm Reply

Liars the first bidets were made in Andalusia you Europeans just steal all the credit… smh


Nov 11, 2019, 8:19 pm Reply

All around the world? B-b-b-bullshit


Nov 11, 2019, 9:12 pm Reply

i want a bidets

Mina Patel

Nov 11, 2019, 12:53 am Reply

I have that in my home


Nov 11, 2019, 3:39 am Reply

Western Europe doesn't use bidets lol. At least not my country


Nov 11, 2019, 3:52 am Reply

Imagine getting raped by water

Infinite Pez

Nov 11, 2019, 4:11 am Reply

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Owen C

Nov 11, 2019, 5:28 am Reply

I now know why a bidet are

Shi Sucheng

Nov 11, 2019, 8:11 am Reply

Well, I'm Chinese and this is the first time I've ever heard of such a thing lol. I thought only Japanese use those.

Douglas Elliott

Nov 11, 2019, 1:18 pm Reply

I have been using a bidet attachment on my toilet since 2005. But the prejudice against them here in the US is mind-boggling. I bought one as a gift for my sister's home (her husband is a 'urologist') and she sent it back to me saying "No thank you, we experienced them while touring Europe 20+yrs ago". I told her of the savings as well as their superior hands-free cleansing and still, she would rather spend 5+ minutes smearing egesta all around the crack of her ass using a product of the timber industry. Anyone who questions the power of 24/7/365 advertising by a manufacturer or special interest is indeed naive.
P.S. During droughts in California PSA commercials often will advise to purchase 'Low-volume' toilets as well as flushing ONLY after a #2. But 30+ gallons of water to make one roll of TP is perfectly acceptable. I guess we don't want to be on the wrong side of the timber industry.

Dusan Lakic

Nov 11, 2019, 9:50 pm Reply

“Toilet paper wastes a lot of money”

Their playing with it and rolling it out and “waisting money” in the video

God’s Child

Nov 11, 2019, 7:57 am Reply

just add a hose to your shower and use the hose for bidet, so simple.


Nov 11, 2019, 4:06 pm Reply

But still requires toilet paper to wipe out dirty water


Nov 11, 2019, 10:04 pm Reply

I have a bidet
Here I am in the USA


Nov 11, 2019, 12:09 am Reply

Well I have one I am in the US


Nov 11, 2019, 5:34 pm Reply

I finally got myself a bidet after visiting many countries that uses bidets. Japan had the most bidets and I was sold.

PlayStation Games_13

Nov 11, 2019, 10:51 pm Reply

I use my hand and eat the chocolate

not the cool kid

Nov 11, 2019, 2:22 am Reply

We don’t have them in Canada either


Nov 11, 2019, 2:57 am Reply

First time I heard the term bidet.

John Boudreaux

Nov 11, 2019, 12:44 am Reply

One more reason why America is actually communist

chirpy rose

Nov 11, 2019, 5:15 am Reply

but- i have a korean/japanese toilet and it cleans and dries your ass B)


Nov 11, 2019, 4:01 pm Reply

Am i the only one that uses bidet, and toilet paper together?

Edmund Angel

Nov 11, 2019, 2:25 am Reply

“Americans use 34 million rolls of toilet paper a day” Lol I thought they meant individually


Nov 11, 2019, 10:58 pm Reply

Wait I live in the US and have a bidet so um ?


Nov 11, 2019, 10:59 pm Reply

americans dont like using non-american things

shaheryar alvi

Nov 11, 2019, 11:38 pm Reply

why americans dont use bidets?
cause they're dirty


Nov 11, 2019, 5:32 am Reply

Government would like to keep the toilet paper tax coming

Ooh Oops

Nov 11, 2019, 6:11 am Reply

And most importantly your ass won be stinky and sticky.

Layton Lancaster

Nov 11, 2019, 7:43 am Reply

It’s B days

Anh Tuấn Nguyễn

Nov 11, 2019, 12:34 pm Reply

Just install the bum gun instead, doesn't take up much space

Jay Polasek

Nov 11, 2019, 9:52 am Reply

Dose a shower work aswell?

Nathan Isaac

Nov 11, 2019, 8:43 pm Reply

Small horse😏😏😏

Troy Smith

Nov 11, 2019, 11:22 pm Reply

Me: doesn’t watch video
Also me: “because they a bunch of stankin asses”


Nov 11, 2019, 4:38 am Reply

Bleh… I use the ocean currents.

gaven yaunger

Nov 11, 2019, 7:52 pm Reply

This video sounds like a boring tv infomercial

Alejandro Ortiz

Nov 11, 2019, 6:02 am Reply

I haven't seen a bide ever in South America, lived here for 20+ years.

Allan Carmel

Nov 11, 2019, 3:36 am Reply

This makes me feel so uncomfortable thinking of it🥵

Bob Hoskins

Nov 11, 2019, 4:33 am Reply

I tried adding a shower hose to my showerhead a few months ago and never looked back. Its nice to leave the bathroom feeling much cleaner than before. Actually I usually just have a shower afterwards. I don't see how a tiny stream of bidet water you can't control the direction or angle of can possibly wash your rear very well. Mine is like a minor pressure washer. Never any smell from the drain, probably because of all the water used. It would be better to have this in a controlled environment like a bidet but how do you control angle? You can't or wouldn't want your hand under the toilet seat. The whole defecation thing needs to be totally rethought. It should be controlled by some sort of handle with a pressure control.

Melissa Salazar

Dec 12, 2019, 6:43 pm Reply

OK, so we should use a bidet instead of toilet paper? Please tell me how you dry off down there after you get it all wet? Staying wet is what actually leads to rashes and infections.

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Dec 12, 2019, 11:38 pm Reply

i would probably use toilet paer afterwords as i wouldn't want a wet but afterwards

Manny G

Dec 12, 2019, 5:03 am Reply

Does it feel weird? For those who use bidets

Blue Lion tv

Dec 12, 2019, 5:22 am Reply

Because the USA only think of money

Sunny shah

Dec 12, 2019, 8:01 am Reply

This is the reason most swimming pool in the US contain lots of fecal particles.
Using a toilet paper, you're just smearing shit across your ass hole, and then, when people enter the pool, that shit detaches from your skin and starts floating in water.
Now, imagine dozens of different people's shit, mixed, and floating in water, and you take a dip in that pool.
Never go swimming in pools in the US, unless you privately own a pool.


Dec 12, 2019, 4:07 am Reply

Bought a Tushy bidet a few months ago and never looked back.

Justin Vaszil

Dec 12, 2019, 5:30 am Reply

They have I have them one in the downstairs bathroom and upstairs cause my dad was handicap

Abdullah Alnasrallah

Dec 12, 2019, 2:10 pm Reply

It's not even about culture or anything like that, it's about hygiene. Please, get yourself a portable bidet at least and use it. You'll feel really clean.


Dec 12, 2019, 4:39 pm Reply

Even if you use one, you still need something to dry down there with. I'll stay with toilet paper, as you can use it for other bathroom and personal things as well.

Jacky Bloodfang

Dec 12, 2019, 3:16 pm Reply

Why didnt it get caught on: well if you got all the fat in the way you can't really clean it with just a ray of water wheeze

n ziom

Dec 12, 2019, 12:03 am Reply

Sorry but I find it disgusting to just use toilet paper alone how can you even clean that area without usinga ton of paper I use water and paper then wash my hand and I refuse to shake hands with someone who doesn't do that.


Dec 12, 2019, 11:00 pm Reply

As supposed to to the french, we know what showers are


Dec 12, 2019, 1:38 am Reply

imagine you took a shit and the shit hit the electric bidet then it squirted out shit water and then it went into your vajayjay

Ben Roy

Dec 12, 2019, 7:34 pm Reply

Middle eastern and people of indian subcontinent(india,Pakistan,Bangladesh)are very careful about body cleanliness…after every toilet we use water…and then we wash our hand with liquid handwash

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