There are a number of reasons why people choose to install a bidet in their bathroom, but one of the most common reasons is to eliminate or reduce toilet paper usage.
Toilet paper dimensions have shrunk in size but gone up in price (not to mention toilet paper shortages) so it makes sense that many people would like to find a better alternative.
But can a bidet replace toilet paper completely?
Depending on the type of bidet you have, a bidet can replace toilet paper completely or reduce the amount needed to almost zero. A high-end bidet that has a dryer function can make toilet paper almost obsolete for many people. And even a cheap bidet will greatly reduce your toilet paper usage.
Can You Use a Bidet Instead of Toilet Paper?
Whether you can use a bidet instead of toilet paper depends on a couple of factors, including the type of bidet you have and your own personal preference.
Type of Bidet
There are a wide variety of bidets available to install in your home, including Japanese washlets, cheap bidet seat attachments, and high-tech bidets like the BioBidet Bliss BB2000.
Regardless of the type of bidet you choose, the ultimate purpose of all bidets is the same – to clean your behind with a stream of water.
High-tech bidets also come with a variety of bells and whistles, including a dryer function.
These types of bidets can essentially eliminate the need for toilet paper, as they both wash and dry your behind with a stream of warm water followed by a gentle blast of warm air.
Whether a bidet can replace toilet paper completely also comes down to personal preference.
Some high-tech bidet owners prefer to dab themselves dry with toilet paper rather than use the dryer function.
Additionally, many non-electric bidet owners feel comfortable using a clean washcloth to dry themselves, as the stream of water from the bidet has removed fecal matter and urine, leaving the area clean and simply needing a pat dry.
If you are comfortable with patting dry with a reusable cloth, even a budget-friendly, non-electric bidet seat attachment can eliminate the need for toilet paper.
Do You Still Have to Wipe After Using a Bidet?
If your bidet has a dryer function, you do not need to wipe yourself as the bidet will clean the area and the dryer will dry the area.
If your bidet does not have a dryer function, you will need to pat yourself dry with either toilet paper or a clean piece of cloth.
If you’re trying to eliminate your toilet paper usage, either to save money or save the environment (or both), a bidet can eliminate the need for toilet paper completely.
An electric bidet with a dryer function is the most convenient option, but even a non-electric bidet used in conjunction with a supply of clean pieces of cloth can help you say goodbye to toilet paper, for good.