How to Make and Use a Simple Bidet

Maybe you've used a bidet in a hotel or friend's house, or you've otherwise become convinced that there's got to be a better way to clean yourself after toileting than rubbing paper down there. But installing an expensive new bathroom fixture and taking apart your toilet is a big hassle. Renters and homeowners can get a quick, easy, inexpensive bidet sprayer that works just fine and requires no installation.


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    Choose your bidet sprayer. Look in garden supply shops for compression or pump sprayers. Usually these are for applying liquid fertilizers or pesticides to plants. This is why you must get a brand new compression sprayer that's never been used. Compression sprayers come in many different sizes. A 1.5 gallon (5.7 L) tank is not too big to fit next to most toilets but still holds plenty of water. They also come in plastic and metal varieties. Consider that while some plastics can leach harmful phthalates into water, some metals (such as brass) can contain lead. Other benefits of plastic include its light weight and often translucency (so you can see the water level), while metal tanks are often more durable. Other features to look for include an adjustable spray head, flexible hose of sufficient length to reach your toilet seat, and an angled spray head or bent spray arm.
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    Assemble your compression sprayer according to the manufacturer's instructions and find a place for it next to the toilet. You should be able to reach it easily, and it should be close enough for the length of the hose that you can reach past the toilet seat with the sprayer.
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    Keep a specific towel in the bathroom to dry off with after using the bidet. At first, you may want to dry off with a few squares of toilet paper until you feel proficient with the sprayer. The towel isn't for cleaning you, it's for drying you, so it shouldn't get very dirty. But if you feel more comfortable drying off with toilet paper, you will still reduce the amount of toilet paper you use because of how much more effective the sprayer is than toilet paper alone.
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    Open the tank and fill it with clean water. Put the lid and pump assembly back on and tighten it well before pumping.
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    When you are getting ready to use the toilet, pump the handle on top of the tank a few times until you feel some resistance. You'll discover how much pressure is right for you with practice, but remember: Don't use too much pressure.
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    When it comes time to use the bidet, rock back on the toilet seat and tilt your hips forward. If this is hard for you to visualize, imagine you are sitting on a stool and want to tilt the stool forward--tuck your tailbone and round your lower back. This will help you reach more easily and also keep the spray from ending up on the toilet lid behind you.
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    Aim the spray between your legs and squeeze the handle. No part of the sprayer should ever be directly below you, so that it stays clean.
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    When you're done, give the sprayer a last squeeze into the toilet bowl and shake it off, to make extra sure that it's clean, then replace it next to the tank.
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    Dry off with toilet paper or towel.
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    Remember to wash your hands!


  • While you can fill your bidet with warm water before each time you use it if you like, most people find cool water is more comfortable as well as more convenient.
  • If you feel embarrassed by your bidet sprayer, you can disguise it as a bathroom cleaning tool by keeping it with your cleaning supplies. Other people might prefer to decorate the tank!
  • If you like you can experiment with adding a few drops of mild essential oils to the tank of water. Just make sure it's not irritating to your skin or mucous membranes--many common essential oils, like tea tree, eucalyptus, mint, and clove may be too harsh for this purpose.
  • If you're trying to decide whether a bidet or toilet paper is more eco-friendly, do some homework: How important is water conservation in your area? Do you already use recycled toilet paper? How much greenhouse gases come from manufacturing and transporting your sprayer, and how does that stack up to those produced by the toilet paper you would otherwise use over the life of the product? What about increased laundry loads from washing the towels? If water conservation is more important to you than conserving trees, you might consider switching to a composting toilet instead.
  • If you want to use the bidet sprayer but don't want to waste water, try filling it by setting it in the shower while you wash.


  • Never put bleach, ammonia, pesticides, fertilizers, or any other chemicals into your bidet!
  • Use a BRAND NEW compression sprayer for this purpose. Some of the chemicals that gardeners use in compression sprayers are HIGHLY TOXIC, so never ever re-purpose a used one, unless you are positive it has held only water!
  • It's best to depressurize the sprayer completely between uses.
  • Using a bidet sprayer may not be a good idea if you use a composting toilet. Your toilet may not be able to handle the extra moisture.
  • Follow the manufacturer's directions carefully so that you don't over-pressure your compression sprayer.

Things You'll Need

  • Pump/compression sprayer from a garden store
  • Dedicated towels, hand-towel sized

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Categories: Urinary Health