It’s funny how our toilet habits are suddenly front and centre of everyone’s minds and news headlines! Amidst panic buying of toilet paper across the globe, we are learning how much toilet paper an average household needs to live through 14 days of isolation. 


The “experts” suggest we need:


Now keep in mind that the “experts” in this case are toilet paper manufacturers, so it’s not a big stretch to imagine that healthy self-interest may have them calculating on the more generous side!

While the internet is full of toilet paper memes and hilarious suggestions to alternatives to toilet paper, there is another aspect to this. And that’s the realisation that many countries have actually favoured the use of water over toilet paper for a very long time. Many countries in South East Asia and Southern Europe actually favour bidets or bidet shower attachment to their toilet bowl!



Toilet paper wasn’t packaged and sold in the US until 1857.
And it wasn’t until 1935 that “splinter-free” toilet paper hit the market!


So, what is a bidet?


Bidets are “toilet like” fixture for your bathroom or toilet designed to clean your bottom.



The modern variety is plumbed into a water supply and has a drainage opening.
Some of the fancier designs have lids and electronic versions offer cool add-ons such as:

• Heated seats

• Warm water

• Warm air dryer

• Dry massages

• Remote controls  




1. You may find a stand-alone bidet NEXT to a toilet in the bathroom in which case the presumption is that you use the toilet first and then shuffle over to clean your bottom. The stand-alone bidet is capable of handling pee but nothing else!

2. The luxurious newer versions are a built-in all-in-one bidet which can handle all the usual human bodily functions. You use it like a regular toilet but with added benefits, so to speak! Your budget will determine how many bells and whistles you can introduce to your daily bathroom visits.

3. A handheld bidet hose or bidet sprayer is an easy way to upgrade your current toilet without the need for significant renovations. Think of this as a hose that is installed to the water supply that already exists to your toilet.

4. Bidet attachments allow you to install the functionality of a bidet wash between your existing toilet seat and toilet. This comes at a lower price point, allows you to test out your comfort levels in using a bidet and is easy to install.

5. Finally, a bidet toilet seat allows you to keep your existing toilet but change the current seat with one that has a bidet wash function built into it. Again, installation is fairly straight forward and may allow you some additional functionalities.



It remains to be seen how much this current health crisis will change our bathroom habits, but if you are about to embark on a bathroom renovation perhaps these choices have suddenly become a little more interesting.

Written by Pia Turcinov, Co-Founder and a Director of Build in Common. Coming from a family where building and renovating were part of everyday life, she got an early taste of the many different skills and trades it takes to create a dream home. One thing that always rang true was that the best ideas are worth nothing without good execution. Not to say the challenge of being able to communicate a great idea to others! Taking the steps to make it all happen can be tiring, challenging, but also oh so satisfying!