How to use a bidet in the bathroom

Updated April 17, 2017

If you live in the United States, you may not be familiar with a bidet, or how to use one. In other countries, however, bathrooms often include a bidet next to the toilet. A bidet serves as a washbasin meant for cleansing the genitals or rear end after using the toilet. It looks like a low sink or water fountain and includes a faucet or spout with handles to adjust water temperature. Try using a bidet when you're in a country where bidets are common. You can also install a bidet in your own bathroom at home.

Sit on or straddle the bidet. You can sit facing the faucet handles or facing away, depending on what is comfortable and what part of your body you wish to rinse.

Turn on the water and adjust the temperature before rinsing. A lukewarm or warm rinse is ideal.

Thoroughly rinse your genitals and/or rear end. You may use soap if desired. Turn off the water when you're finished.

Get up and dry yourself off. Be sure to use a washcloth, towel or paper towel provided for this purpose rather than using a hand towel.

Wash your hands in the sink and dry them as usual after using the bathroom.


Some bidets have an adjustable nozzle much like a handheld shower head.


Be sure to test water temperature before rinsing sensitive areas of your body.

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