How to Use a Bidet Toilet Seat?

If you grew up wiping up with toilet paper after using the toilet, then you might not know how a bidet works. If you haven't used one before, then chances are when you encounter one, you might feel a little intimidated to try it out. It's fairly easy to learn how to use a bidet toilet seat, so you shouldn't worry too much when you find yourself in places where toilet paper is not commonly available, and bidets are the norm.

What Is a Bidet?

A bidet is a device that helps you wash and clean up after you have used the toilet. It is uncommon in many areas, especially if everyone is used to using toilet paper only. A bidet lets you wash with water, maybe even use soap, after doing either number one or number two. The early kinds of bidets were first used in Europe, and variations later appeared in different areas.

Types of Bidet

Bidets can be categorized into three groups: standalone bidet, handheld bidet, and toilet seat bidet. These devices serve a common purpose, which is to let you wash after you've taken care of your business in the toilet.

Standalone Bidet

This would look similar to the toilet itself, but in place of the flush, you'd see a combination of controls or dials for operating the bidet. The drain is also different, where you wouldn't have the water you'd often see at the bottom of the toilet. The bidet would either utilize a jet of water, heated or not, that you can direct to areas you'd want to wash, or would function similar to a sink, which will fill with water, which you'd use to wash with manually.

This bidet usually sits right next to the toilet, sitting on the floor or attached to the wall. It may sometimes be placed across the bathroom. Using this requires you to sit up from the toilet after you've used it, and transfer over.

Handheld Bidet

This device looks like a mini shower head with a hose. It has the control for the water near the head, which is commonly a lever. A control can also be found at the base of the hose, where it attaches to the water source.

This type of bidet would hand on a fixture on the wall, right next to the toilet. All you have to do is grab it from the hook, put in the desired position, and press the lever. The bidet can be directed underneath from behind, or in front, depending on your personal preference.

Bidet Toilet Seat

This type of bidet is the modern-day bidet. It is a modified toilet seat. This is commonly used in places where bidets are part of the day-to-day use of the toilet, but there is a lack of space which would not make it possible to install a standalone bidet.

Bidet toilet seats come with electronic controls that are either found at the side of the toilet seat or comes in the form of a remote control. This would have additional features like seat heaters and air dryers.

How to Use a Bidet Toilet Seat?

If the toilet you are using has a bidet toilet seat, then you can do away with the hassle of moving to another seat, like what would be done with a standalone bidet. The bidet comes installed in the toilet seat that you are already using.

  • Study the Control Panel

Figure out first the meaning of the symbols on the buttons found on the control panel. If you are traveling to a foreign country, chances are, the control panel will be written in the local language. Some might have English labels on them, but even if they don't, knowing what the symbols meant can help you operate the bidet easily.

  • Preheat the Toilet Seat and Water

Before you sit down to take care of business, you can opt to use the seat heater. Some would have smart features that automatically adjusts the seat temperature to the right one before you start using it. On older models, you'd have to do this manually. Other seats would not have this at all.

You can also set the temperature of the water you'd be using for washing. You can either set this up before you sit down or adjust while you're washing.

  • Clean After Yourself

You can turn on the mechanism for washing after you've done your business. A nozzle, which would spray water to wash you once you've started the process, comes out from the seat. This was designed to stay clear of any dirty water from washing and would come with mechanisms to clean itself after every use, so you don't have to worry about it being unclean after it has been used by someone else.

You can adjust the settings of the wash to ensure a comfortable and thorough cleaning. The controls for doing this would be available on the same control panel you've used to turn on the bidet. You can adjust the water pressure, temperature, and area where the nozzle is directed at. Press stop once you are done.

  • Dry It Off

The method you can use to dry yourself off depends on your personal preference. You can either use a toilet paper or towel. You also have the option to use the dryer in the bidet if it's available. Hot air blows out from under the toilet seat to dry you off. This might take longer than just patting yourself dry with toilet paper or towel.

  • Wash Your Hands

Even if cleaning up after using the toilet doesn't require having your hands to wash and dry yourself, the toilet is still a place that is constantly exposed to human wastes. Even if bathroom surfaces, which you may have touched, are constantly being cleaned, it is still important to practice proper hand hygiene.


Using a bidet toilet seat may be uncomfortable at first and will take a few uses before you start getting used to it. However, it is relatively simple to operate even if it is your first time. You might feel a little intimidated at first, so it pays to learn how to use a bidet toilet seat by reading up on it, online or not before you give it a go.

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