It’s no surprise that there are so many questions around bidets – they are a relatively new fixture in North American bathrooms so we are generally unfamiliar with how they work. Questions topping the list are ‘are bidets sanitary‘ and ‘how do you use a bidet‘. Next on the list? Where does bidet water come from?
Where Does Bidet Water Come From
One of the most common misconceptions about bidets, and likely where the ‘are bidets sanitary’ question comes from, is that the water used is sourced from the toilet bowl.
Obviously this thought is distressing because we know that even the cleanest toilet bowl is still contaminated with bacteria. The idea that this water might be sprayed onto us is definitely a cause for concern.
Bidet Water Is Clean Water
Bidet water is as clean as any other water in your household because it is sourced from the regular water supply – not from the toilet bowl. When installing a bidet toilet seat the water that feeds into the toilet is split and some is redirected to the bidet water spray (the remaining water is used to fill the tank for flushing). This is the same water that is feeding the faucets, shower, and laundry; clean and uncontaminated.
Some bidets have an extra water filter as an added feature. This isn’t out of concern for the cleanliness of the water, but more to filter out impurities that may affect the functioning of the bidets components and to limit mineral build up.
Are Bidets Sanitary?
Absolutely! Using clean water to effectively, efficiently, comfortably, and quickly clean up is one of the most sanitary practices in the bathroom. Installing a bidet toilet seat in your bathroom is one of the easiest ways to add a modern element that will prove to be useful almost immediately.