Bidet – Wikipedia

plumbing fixture or type of sink intended for washing the genitalia and anus of the human body

A modern bidet of the traditional type

A bidet ( or ) is a bowl or receptacle designed to be sat on for the purpose of washing the human genitalia, perineum, inner buttocks, and anus. The modern variety includes a plumbed-in water supply and a drainage opening and is thus a type of plumbing fixture subject to local hygiene regulations. The bidet is designed to promote personal hygiene and is used after defecation, and before and after sexual intercourse. In several European countries, a bidet is today required by law to be present in every bathroom containing a toilet bowl. It was originally located in the bedroom, near the chamber-pot and the marital bed, but in modern times is located near the toilet bowl in the bathroom. Fixtures that combine a toilet seat with a washing facility include the electronic bidet.

Opinions as to the necessity of the bidet vary widely over different nationalities and cultures. It is virtually nonexistent in cultures of British origin. To those world cultures which use it habitually, such as those of the Islamic world, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Europe, France, and some South American countries, it is considered an indispensable tool in maintaining good personal hygiene.

“Bidet” is a French loanword meaning “little horse” due to the straddling position adopted in its usage.


Bidets are primarily used to wash and clean the genitalia, perineum, inner buttocks, and anus. Some bidets have a vertical jet intended to give easy access for washing and rinsing the perineum and anal area. The traditional separate bidet is like a wash-basin which is filled with clean water, and may then used for many other purposes such as washing feet.[1][2]

Bidet shower[edit]

A bidet shower (also known as “bidet spray”, “bidet sprayer”, or “health faucet”) is a hand-held triggered nozzle, similar to that on a kitchen sink sprayer, that delivers a spray of water to assist in anal cleansing and cleaning the genitals after defecation and urination. In contrast to a bidet that is integrated with the toilet, a bidet shower has to be held by the hands, and cleaning does not take place automatically. Bidet showers are common in countries where water is considered essential for anal cleansing.

Drawbacks include the possibility of wetting a user’s clothing if used carelessly. In addition, a user must be reasonably mobile and flexible to use a hand-held bidet shower.

Conventional or standalone bidet[edit]

A 20th-century standalone bidet (foreground)

A bidet is a plumbing fixture that is installed as a separate unit in the bathroom besides toilet, shower and sink, which users have to straddle. Some bidets resemble a large hand basin, with taps and a stopper so they can be filled up; other designs have a nozzle that squirts a jet of water to aid in cleansing.

Add-on bidets[edit]

There are

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How We Transformed Our Tiny Bathroom for Under $150


In my dream world, Joanna Gaines would walk into our home’s small bathroom and say, “I just think some Arabesque tile inlay wood flooring with a black matte terracotta backsplash above the sink would make such a difference in here.” In reality, my initial idea to replace the tub with a glass-door walk-in was dashed as soon as I saw the prospective cost. While we plan on slowly making improvements, like replacing the linoleum floor with tile and installing new lights and a vanity, we needed a quick—and inexpensive—interim fix. The tiny bathroom is our only bathroom and, when we first moved in, the highest compliment it could have received is, “it’s technically functional.” While I don’t need my bathroom to be an oasis, I also didn’t want to hate being in there. This isn’t my dream bathroom, but I’m so thrilled with how just a few cost-effective improvements and some elbow grease completely transformed the space into one I actually love getting ready in and will be excited to show off to future guests. Here’s what how we improved our bathroom for $135 (scroll to the end to see some “before” shots):



Hands down, the biggest change we made was painting the white walls (just see the “before” shot below). I knew I either wanted wallpaper or paint, but paint is far more budget-friendly. Once we got started painting, we kept going: We initially painted the top half of the walls… then painted the full walls… then found ourselves painting the ceiling which made the most dramatic and beautiful change using Benjamin Moore in ‘Evening Sky,’ with their Aura matte finish.



2. Swap out the hooks and hardware.


When we moved in, all of the towel racks and hooks were silver. I swapped out the majority with black matte hooks and racks, to match our framed art (below), and installed a hook I bought years ago by the artist Kaye Blevgard. 

3. Add framed art.


The bathroom is an unexpected place for nicer art, which is why it can make such an impact. We intentionally selected a paint color that would tie-in with a photograph by Jonah’s dad, that you may remember from our previous apartments. It helps the entire room look so much more pulled-together and intentional (just be sure you have good ventilation, so you don’t ruin said art with water damage). 

4. Consider your products.


In a small bathroom with limited storage—an area I have some expertise in—even your shampoo bottles and products are going to contribute to the overall aesthetic, whether you like it or not. In our shower, we use Aesop bottles I bought myself years ago, and just refill with shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, for a uniform look. I also removed built-in shelves I didn’t need from behind the door (there’s a small cabinet you can see in the photo of me painting below, that’s plenty of storage for us), and

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1920s Bathroom Transformation – Gray Bathroom Redo Idea

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Storage, style, and functionality play a big role in the quality of your bathroom. In a perfect world, renovating your bathroom would consist of fun, simple tasks like laying a fresh coat of paint or trying out a new shower tile. But sometimes it takes a lot more than that, as was the case with Jill Sevelow’s recent bathroom renovation.

Jill’s apartment was built in 1926, and the bathroom definitely looked like it had suffered through decades worth of damage. As she describes it, it had old, crumbling tile on the floors and walls, a “pitiful” vanity and clunky medicine cabinet, and dated hardware. Nothing about the bathroom was aesthetically pleasing. “I painted the walls mauve and threw a chandelier up there and tried to make the ugliness go away,” Jill says, but she still didn’t love the look of the bathroom she had to use every day.

The catalyst for a full change came when Jill’s upstairs neighbor’s toilet leaked, causing enough wall and ceiling damage that everything had to be removed — and when experts came in to repair the wall and ceiling, they found a leaking pipe that had been letting wastewater drip into the walls. So, “BE GONE, all of the plaster walls, I said! It’s time,” Jill says. 

In the bathroom renovation, the plumbing and wall repairs obviously came first, so the new tile, toilet, sink, and medicine cabinet that Jill ordered sat for 46 days before being installed. “That 46 days meant I changed the bathroom color choice three times,” Jill says. Ultimately, a soft gray (Benjamin Moore’s “Gentle Gray”) was the color that felt right. 

Since the bathroom’s footprint is small, Jill figured out ways to make it more functional. She slightly altered the layout to make it more practical for daily use by buying a more narrow toilet and a wider console sink to replace the old wood vanity. (She also chose to go with a wider, but sleeker, medicine cabinet over the sink that offers enough storage to make up for what she lost in giving up the vanity.)

On the floors, Jill added hex tile in a floral pattern; for the shower walls, she picked classic white subway tiles — a huge upgrade from the crumbling tile that had been in place before. A new shower head and tub faucet in a satin nickel finish complement the new sink. Jill also added in a simple white light fixture in place of the large chandelier she’d installed before.

The whole bathroom’s vibe is a little bit vintage, a little bit modern — a perfect fit for this 1920s apartment that’s living a 21st century life. Jill had to do a lot of browsing to get there, though: “I Pinterested the hell out of bathroom ideas for a good month before purchasing,” she says.

In total, the entire project cost Jill $8,800. This covered all

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