When it comes to household essentials, most people would name toilet paper as it is considered a personal hygiene product for a long time. Well, in recent years, the concept of wiping with toilet paper has been challenged by washing with a bidet. The popularity of toilet paper amongst consumers will slowly but surely be shifting to favoring the use of a bidet! Not only can toilet paper get expensive quickly if you have a household of 3+ people, but it is not effective and also not the best option as it carries many health risks. Bidets have been around for centuries, with LUXE Bidet’s innovations and dedication to premium quality, they are now better than ever with various smart features and provide numerous benefits. Do you really save on toilet paper with a bidet? The short answer is yes, read on to see more pros of choosing a bidet attachment over toilet paper.
What Is a Bidet Attachment?
First thing first, when we say bidet in this blog, we are not talking about the kind that costs you hundreds with fancier-than-needed features that will likely cause problems and worst of all, require you to have an electrical outlet. A bidet attachment is nimble, smart, classier, and more affordable and it works with almost all toilets without the supply of electricity. It is a bathroom fixture designed to provide a stream of water for cleaning your private parts after using the toilet.
A LUXE Bidet installation takes as little as 5 minutes to complete, the purchase comes with everything you need in the bidet box to complete your set-up. The water stream coming out of the nozzles is operated by the control panel that is powered by water pressure and manually commanded by users. The temperature, pressure, and angle of the water stream can all be adjusted according to personal preference. Bidets are common in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and are becoming more popular in the United States.
There are several benefits to using a bidet over traditional toilet paper. First, bidets are more hygienic. They use water to clean your private parts, which is more effective than using toilet paper. Second, bidets are more environmentally friendly. They reduce the amount of toilet paper that is used, and they do not contribute to deforestation or clogging of plumbing systems. Finally, bidets can be more cost-effective in the long run. While the initial cost of a bidet may be slightly higher than that of a pack of toilet paper, the ongoing cost of toilet paper can add up over time, this is where the bidets come to the rescue.
U.S. Toilet Paper Consumption & Health Risks
According to a 2018 estimation of the annual per capita toilet paper consumption in countries around the world, the U.S. ranked top (as seen below). If this does not give you an idea of just how much toilet paper is being used, another source reported “over 7 billion rolls of toilet paper are sold in the U.S. each year. Global toilet paper production consumes 27,000 trees daily.”
You are probably thinking to yourself, so what, I don’t use that much toilet paper and what am I supposed to do about that as an individual? Well, if the cost of toilet paper does not concern you and the environmental factor seems too remote of a topic that you would think about daily, how about your health?
A recently published research reported harmful toxins found in 21 major toilet paper brands. These harmful chemicals also known as ‘forever chemicals’ are classified as part of PFSA (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). PFAS are a class of about 14,000 synthetic chemicals, they are used in consumer products to help materials resist water, stains, and heat. They are called “forever chemicals” because they do not naturally break down, and they are linked to cancer, fetal complications, liver disease, kidney disease, autoimmune disorders, and other serious health issues.¹ ²
Therefore, using less toilet paper is a good start to help us clean up the planet and more importantly, reduce the chances of inviting these harmful industrial chemicals into our bodies and protect the family from these invisible risks. Bidets are a tremendous way to help in this matter. As mentioned before, the water coming out of the bidet nozzle is the same as that you would use to wash your hands and face and do dishes and laundry.
Bidet attachments like LUXE Bidet NEO Plus, run on not electricity but the water pressure coming out of your pipe. You can, of course, easily adjust the water pressure to your preference with the control panel, the bidet does a very thorough job of washing away everything and gives you an easy and quick solution to bathroom hygiene. After cleaning yourself with a bidet, you can simply take a few layers of toilet paper to dry off, as opposed to multiple harsh wiping trying to get it completely poop-stain-free after going number two!
Toilet Paper v.s. LUXE Bidet– Cost Comparison
Exactly how much does bidet help with cost savings? The answer varies depending on your normal household expenditure. As an example, if you have four people in your family and each person visits the bathroom 5 times a day, your annual saving is at least $345.14. The number goes up if you add another person or visit the bathroom more frequently than 5 times– if you count four people but 6 visits a day, your savings go up to $414.17. In a certain way, with each knob turn, you are saving more!
Additionally, bidets can save you money on other personal hygiene products, such as wet wipes or feminine hygiene products. Wet wipes cost about $5 per pack and are not biodegradable, contributing to environmental problems. Bidets eliminate the need for these products entirely. Similarly, feminine hygiene products can cost up to $10 per pack and contribute to environmental problems. Bidets can reduce the need for these products as well.
In conclusion, bidets are a smart one-time investment to help you cut down on costs spent on toilet paper. But they do more than that, they offer a much simpler hygienic lifestyle. With a LUXE Bidet, you will find the smoothest installation process, the best customer service in the industry, the highest caliber of materials used, and decades of engineering expertise that introduce never-seen-before features to satisfy every customer's need.
Curley, B. (2023) Toilet paper may be source of cancer-causing PFAS in wastewater, Healthline. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/toilet-paper-may-be-a-source-of-cancer-causing-pfas-in-wastewater-study-says#Where-PFAS-come-from
Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ found in toilet paper around the world (2023) The Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/mar/13/toxic-forever-chemicals-pfas-toilet-paper
Armstrong, M. and Richter, F. (2018) Infographic: The U.S. leads the world in toilet paper consumption, Statista Infographics. Available at: https://www.statista.com/chart/15676/cmo-toilet-paper-consumption/