How to install a bidet toilet seat to your toilet to help decrease toilet paper usage.
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A lot of people who started out using family cloth (fabric wipes as an alternative to toilet paper) transition to bidets or bidet sprayer seats because they’re easy to use, clean, and effective. I decided to give it a try after a few of my followers suggested it and let me tell you, I’m hooked!
Bidets/bidet sprayers will ruin you forever for regular toilet use; it’s nice to feel clean after using the bathroom. It’s fantastic to use less toilet paper. And with the current prices of bidet sprayers, your toilet paper savings will add up quickly.
What is a Bidet?
A bidet is a device that will clean your genital area and bottom after you use the bathroom. It’s fantastic for both men and women.
Traditionally, a bidet is a separate basin where you’d crouch after using the toilet to rinse off. This is something you’d more frequently see in Europe or in wealthier homes in America. It’s a bit of a luxury item here in the USA because they require space to install them and most builders don’t put them in.
Now there are attachments that you can add to your toilet that act as a bidet. Instead of spending a lot of money on a separate basin, you can spend $30 and install an attachment under the toilet seat.
Depending on how high end the sprayer is and how much money is spent on installation, bidet sprayers can spray just cold water, both cold and hot, or they can even blow dry your bottom. Some have heated seats.
The more affordable bidet sprayers that can have their installation DIY’ed are cold water only. I was worried the cold water would bother me, but I have used a hot water one and honestly the cold feels a bit more refreshing/cleansing.
When you want to include warm water and heat, you’re looking at running hot water to your toilet (which is easier if your toilet is next to the sink) and electric.
How Do You Use a Bidet Sprayer?
I have no experience using a separate bidet seat, but the sprayer is very easy to use. Keep in mind that it will squirt what is over it. If you play around with it while nobody is on the toilet seat, your wall will get squirted with water.
You want your butt closer to the back of the toilet and your legs closed. The bidet sprayer has a knob that you can turn for different pressure levels. How far you turn it will impact how hard the sprayers sprays. These spray fairly hard. Spray as needed.
Dry yourself using a small bit of toilet paper or family cloth/cloth wipes. Usually the sprayer does a good job of cleaning that area so you don’t need lots of wiping (or toilet paper).
Are Bidets Sanitary?
The big question many people in America might ask is if bidets are sanitary. The reality is that using traditional toilets without a bidet is probably less sanitary.
It wasn’t until I started using a bidet sprayer regularly that I realized how much cleaner you get using clean water to spray yourself after every toilet trip.
It is CLEANER than using a toilet + toilet paper because, assuming you pat dry yourself after, you shouldn’t have toilet paper residue. You also will be cleaning the area, not just wiping everything around.
We need to install a seat sprayer in our 1/2 bath because it’s super helpful for our kids too so they don’t use as much toilet paper (we have toilet cloggers here) and get cleaner.
Where does the water come from?
Some might wonder WHERE the water comes from. The bidet sprayer is hitting you with clean water, assuming your toilet normally fills with clean water (some people redirect plumbing to use grey water in their toilets- in which case, I’d guess you’d be hitting yourself with that).
Cleaning Your Sprayer
Obviously to keep things as clean as possible, it’s good to clean your sprayer attachment while you’re cleaning your toilet. We haven’t noticed it involves any more work. The sprayer doesn’t get dirty like the bowl of the toilet so you’re really just wiping everything down to get rid of the airborne germs.
Remember that the sprayer is a few inches from your tush so nothing is touching the sprayer. The sprayer shoots water at an angle so you’re not positioned directly over it either.
How to Install a Bidet Toilet Seat
Supplies Needed to Install a Bidet Seat
- Bidet Toilet Seat Attachment: Luxe Bidet Neo 110
- Basic tools, ie. screwdriver
Check out this video or scroll down for the photo tutorial.
The first step was to remove our toilet seat. It didn’t even hit my radar that these could be removed until I replaced the toilet seats in our other bathrooms with special potty training toilet seats for my kids. There’s a little cap on each side on the top that you flip up and there’s a place to use a flat head screwdriver to unscrew it. There’s a nut on the bottom that you’ll likely need to hold onto while you’re unscrewing.
Pull it off and place it to the side. You’ll need that pretty quick again. This is what it all looks like.
This is the bidet sprayer seat attachment that we bought.
The attachment is situated under your toilet seat like this.
Then you install your toilet seat back over it.
At this point, you haven’t touched any plumbing or water (or electricity- but you shouldn’t be messing with any electricity for this project at all).
But here’s where you need to turn the water off for your toilet.
Once you’ve turned the water off, you need to flush the toilet once or twice to empty the water out of the tank.
Our toilet has a hose going from the wall to the toilet. This brings in fresh water. You unhook the hose from the toilet, then screw the T connector from your bidet seat into the toilet. The hose then gets reattached to the T connector and the metal hose for the bidet seat gets attached to the side opening of the T connector. It goes to the bidet sprayer.
You can turn the water back on and ensure there’s no leaking- you don’t want a slow (or fast) leak coming from the connectors. We didn’t have any problems.
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How to install a bidet toilet seat.
Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
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