By Susan Breslow Sardone. Have you ever arrived at a fine new hotel, anxious to check in and get to your accommodations as quickly as possible because you've simply got to use the bathroom? Whether or not you were having an emergency, you may have encountered an additional fixture next to the toilet that is unfamiliar. A bidet is a cleansing unit for the lower body. It often is backed by a rack that holds a small, flat towel and an easy-to-reach soap holder. The first time you see a bidet, you may not know what it is or how to use it.
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Believed to have originated in 18th century France, the bidet is a common bathroom fixture in Europe and Asia that looks like a toilet but sprays water to clean your lady parts after you use the bathroom. Bidet evangelists have long argued that the fountain-like bathroom fixture is more hygienic and environmentally friendly than standard toilet paper. This is what one looks like it has an above-the-rim faucet that sprays water :. Considering the fact that the equivalent of 27, trees are flushed down the toilet each day, that makes sustainability a pressing issue. So is it time to trash the toilet paper and get on board with the bidet? You should never totally trade in your toilet paper, says David Kaufman, M.
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