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Antique French Invention: A Disability-Friendly Way to Go
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Antique French Invention: A Disability-Friendly Way to Go

Back in 18th-century France, bathing was considered impractical. So, they came up with an invention that is changing the lives of people, even today, although then it was merely a convenience. But first bidets didn't look like the ones we use today. A person needed to straddle them like a horse, hence the name, which means pony in French.

The true expansion of bidets started in the 19th century when they became bathroom fixtures, instead of being used in the bedrooms with chamber pots. While then these washlets only had a nozzle spraying water upwards, modern ones offer much more to its users. With such a wide range of features, this device has become very popular for genital hygiene and people who require the extra comfort it provides. Now, this antique French invention represents a disability-friendly way to go which changes people’s lives for the better.

In general, the bidet has many health advantages

Using a bidet not only makes cleaning yourself easier but also reduces exposure to germs. Namely, it prevents certain diseases like constipation and hemorrhoids, as well as urinary tract, anal and vaginal infections. Namely, the paper is not an effective way to clean yourself after using the toilet since it can leave traces behind thus causing these infections.

Furthermore, the manufacture of toilet papers uses chemicals to give them white and other colors, as well as to make them soft. This includes colored dyes, wax, and additives which remain on the paper and can disturb the PH balance of your nether region. Also, manufacturers use perfumes to appeal to customers through scent which only means that more chemicals are involved in the manufacturing process. With so many chemicals involved, people often get allergies, irritations and even infections from using the toilet paper.

You not only help yourself but also the environment

To make toilet paper, manufacturers use wood which means that a lot of trees was cut down so humans could have this commodity. Bidets reduce and even eliminate the use of paper and help preserve the ecosystems. Also, they need far less water than toilet paper industry uses in the manufacture, and it’s worth to mention they reduce the need for baths or showers.

Estimates say that North Americans spend 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper annually which amounts to 15 million trees. And water consumption for the manufacturing process involves a twelve-digit figure which is really concerning considering the burning environmental issues on a global scale.

It gives people dignity

Bidets are very beneficial for people with disability or handicap since they simplify the cleaning process after using a toilet. Unlike traditional bidets, the seat versions allow users to use the toilet and clean themselves without having to traverse to another fixture. This makes them very helpful for those who have limited range of motion since with bidet seats wiping is unnecessary.

Bidet offers a wide range of features

The variety of features you can get with bidet makes this fixture ideal for people who can’t clean themselves properly or entirely after using the toilet. If you suffer from visual impairment or mobility limitations, then the models with wireless remote may be ideal for you. They have large buttons for easier navigation so you don’t have to worry about pressing a wrong one or not being able to master the controls. Washlets with remote controllers that have big buttons are available for people who intend to use their feet to operate the bidet functions.

Another important feature is the temperature of the water which you can adjust the way it feels comfortable. Bidet seats with an aerated wash infuse air bubbles into the spray and so the cleaning process is gentler. More importantly, you don't have to worry about using a towel, paper or a cloth to dry yourself. There are seats with warm air dryer with the adjustable temperature you can direct to the region you want to dry after you finished with washing.

It’s not so hard to install

The freestanding bidet will require extra room and remodeling of your bathroom which makes it a more expensive solution. On the other hand, a bidet seat is easier to install and will give you all the comfort you need in one place. A seat will still require some modification like access to electricity and water supply, but it is not as complicated as adding a new bathroom fixture. Many vendors offer installation services or you can find a handyman on your own who will also help you pick the right washlet for your toilet shape.

Finally

Simply put, the bidet is a disability-friendly way to go. Using this washlet has many health benefits, it's dignifying and comfortable. And as a bonus, you will help the planet by preserving rivers and forests from being exploited during the manufacturing process to make toilet paper.

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