A bidet does a great job at keeping your behind nice and clean after you finish your business.
So, how can you return the favor?
Thankfully, cleaning a bidet is no more difficult than cleaning the conventional toilet in your bathroom. When it’s all said and done, a bidet is going to add a minute or two to your regular bathroom cleaning routine.
Depending on the type of bidet you own, there are only a few extra parts you need to clean: the nozzle that sprays your behind, the strainer that connects the bidet to your shut-off water valve, and bidet attachments (though not bidets or bidet seats) also have a splash guard in front of the nozzle that you should also wipe down.
That’s it! And because bidets, bidet seats and attachments from Bio Bidet send the water that has touched your posterior directly down into the toilet, the dirty water will not splash back onto the nozzle, leaving you any extra work.
It’s always a good practice, though, to wipe down the nozzle as part of your normal cleaning routine to keep everything looking and working like new.
Bidet Cleaner Supplies
You don’t need any bidet-specific products to clean your bidet, but avoid using toilet bowl cleaner or solvents with harsh chemicals, including acetone, which is used to remove calcium build-up on a toilet. Those products could potentially cause damage to your bidet seat and the nozzle.
More natural bathroom cleaning products that are light on chemicals — think Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation products — are best for cleaning your bidet.
We like using anti-bacterial wipes for keeping our bidet clean because it’s easy to lightly pinch and polish the nozzle. But you can always spray a rag with a natural bathroom cleaner and then wipe the nozzle and the bidet seat or attachment.
If you want to go above and beyond with your cleaning, buy a soft-bristle toothbrush and designate it as your bidet nozzle cleaner. After brushing, wipe down the nozzle with a disinfecting wipe. You can sanitize the toothbrush with hydrogen peroxide after using it.
How to Clean a Bidet
While the task of cleaning is essentially the same across all types of bidets, the process varies slightly depending on if you own a bidet toilet, bidet toilet seat, or a bidet attachment. Some bidets, for instance, are powered by electricity, while others are not.
How to Clean an Electric Bidet
Many bidet toilet seats and all-in-one bidet toilets are powered by electricity. Here is a step-by-step guide for cleaning those units:
Unplug your bidet to clean the bidet body. (You’ll need to plug it back in when it comes time to clean the nozzle.)
Clean the bidet seat. Remember not to use any harsh chemicals on the seat (or the nozzle) of your bidet. Hot water and a rag typically get the job done. Never spray bathroom cleaner directly on the nozzle or the bidet seat, as it could hit the nozzle.
Plug your bidet back in. It’s now time to quickly clean the nozzle.
Press and hold the “posterior wash” button for three seconds without occupying the seat. This will trigger the nozzle to protrude from the unit without spraying water. Wipe the nozzle with an antibacterial wipe and then brush it gently with your soft bristle toothbrush. Wipe with a dry rag or paper towel to dry the nozzle, then press and hold the same button for three seconds to send the nozzle back into the unit.
Clean the remote. Some electric bidets include a remote that you should also wipe down.
Some of the more premium bidet seats, like the Bliss BB-2000, include a self-cleaning nozzle, saving you the time it would take to clean the nozzle manually.
Cleaning the Bidet Strainer
Every other time you clean your bidet, it’s also a good idea to clean the strainer. The strainer is the piece that connects the hose to the toilet’s water shut off valve. If this piece is never cleaned, it could clog with minerals and sediment, causing your bidet to not work properly.
Here’s how to clean the bidet strainer:
Close the water shut off valve.
Flush the toilet to empty any water left in the system.
Now, unscrew the water hose nut.
Use a soft bristle toothbrush on the strainer to clear any debris.
Re-screw the hose back on and open the water shut off valve.
Cleaning a Non-Electric Bidet Attachment
Cleaning a bidet attachment is even easier than cleaning a bidet seat.
For those who may not know the difference between the two, a bidet attachment connects to the back of your existing toilet seat. It’s a more affordable option that doesn’t require electricity.
It’s a good idea to wash the nozzle on bidet attachments as part of your normal cleaning routine since they are always exposed and don’t retreat into the unit like an electric-powered bidet toilet seat. Bidet attachments also have splash guards in front of the nozzle, which you should wipe down each time you clean your toilet.
Bidets Are Easy to Clean
Bidets are not only ridiculously easy to clean, but they also offer a number of amazing personal hygiene benefits.