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I always thought it was to wash your feet in? I kid I kid, but I did think that for a VERY long time
My Portuguese in-laws put one into their new house in Sydney. Our son went and washed his hands in it He said there was no step and he couldn't reach the taps on the big sink
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Old 03.11.2011, 08:33
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Re: Do you still have a bidet?

My parents still have a bidet in their upstairs bathroom (in the UK). There was a bidet in both the flats I lived in when I lived in Spain, too. Don't have one here, but as previously mentioned by someone else - I only use it to wash my feet anyway!
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Re: Do you still have a bidet?

My family always laughed at the English thinking that all foreigners were peasants compared to them and yet most of Western Europe had bidets in the houses while the English just liked to spread their poo over their buttocks with toilet paper and then pull their nickers/pants back up.

My parents had bidets in both their bathrooms in the UK as I have bidets in all my bathrooms in the UK house and obviously in Switzerland. UK lodgers and friends do seem baffled by them.
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My family always laughed at the English thinking that all foreigners were peasants compared to them and yet most of Western Europe had bidets in the houses while the English just liked to spread their poo over their buttocks with toilet paper and then pull their nickers/pants back up.

My parents had bidets in both their bathrooms in the UK as I have bidets in all my bathrooms in the UK house and obviously in Switzerland. UK lodgers and friends do seem baffled by them.
How do you wipe your arse?

Bidets were originally used by prostitutes, so maybe according to some the ones with bidets were the peasants.
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Re: Do you still have a bidet?

Yes, still have a bidet, but honestly thinking of removing it. Never use it and it collects dust (or slightly used to store childrens bath toys). There is toilet right next to it, so do not need two toilets in the room. Our considerations are how difficult would it be for a plumber to remove the pipes or seal them off, the positioning of leaving an empty space with toilet not centered, and the resale value of the house with/without the bidet. Seems that most houses in this area, french speaking, built at around the same time all have them as standard. I've noticed that in new builds they tend to be less prevalent.
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Old 03.11.2011, 10:04
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Re: Do you still have a bidet?

Most of my clients either never heard about bidets or they have no idea how to use it.

When an Italian client asked us to design the bathrooms to accomodate also a bidet, the bauleiter kept making fun of her when at the office.

When I asked the guy if he even knows how to use a bidet, he shut up.

When I studied architecture, planning a bathroom had to include:

1 lavatory (single or twin)
1 bidet
1 toilet
1 bathtube

Showers where not that common, since you can shower on a bathtube, but can't bath in a shower. This ended up sometimes in anger because we had to find ways to put 4 ceramics in a 6 m2 space, which is more difficult that you might think.

Nowadays bidets are being left out - but to spare costs. But most Portuguese women I know quite enjoy having that little piece. I find it quite useful.

Considering that when I moved to Switzerland I gave up on about 50% of the apartments I saw because they didn't have a bathtube (the official excuse is showers are much more enviromental/elderly friendly. The real reason is landlord construction cost/water cost control) I learnt to just get used to it, and get my own bidet installed when I buy my own place.

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Re: Do you still have a bidet?

Haven't bidets become obsolete since the invention of wet toilet paper?
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Old 03.11.2011, 10:08
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Haven't bidets become obsolete since the invention of wet toilet paper?
That sentence disturbed me more than it should. I find wet toilet paper disturbing for once.

Secondly, bidets nowadays are not used to clean your butt after defecating (that's what toilet paper is for). But I refuse to go into details. I don't like potty talk
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Old 03.11.2011, 10:21
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Secondly, bidets nowadays are not used to clean your butt after defecating (that's what toilet paper is for).
I thought we'd already established that it's for cleaning your feet?!?
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Old 03.11.2011, 10:33
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I thought we'd already established that it's for cleaning your feet?!?
Build your own Spa at home!

Ingredients:

1 bidet (constructed according to the rules, about 45 cm away from the toilet)
1 flask of rose water
warm water
hydratating cream
20-30 tee lights
fluffy towel

Light the tee candles and display them in the bathroom. Fill bidet with warm water and add the rose water. Sit on the toilet (preferably with closed lid) and immerse your feet in the water.

Relax.

After 20 minutes, dry your feet in a fluffly towel and apply the cream. Toe nail painting is a nice way to end it.


There you go!
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Old 03.11.2011, 10:43
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When I studied architecture, planning a bathroom had to include:

1 lavatory (single or twin)
1 bidet
1 toilet
1 bathtube


I'm not being nasty here and I know that English is not your first language but to most English speaking people on here I think a lavatory is the same as a toilet. The mind boggles at the idea of a twin lavatory/toilet I think what you're refering to is called a washbasin to us Brits (or maybe a sink to the peasants amongst us)

I personally have never used a bidet but I can see how they might be useful. As kids we used to fall about laughing when we saw the one in my uncle's flat in Spain. It was very handy for washing our feet in though when we came back from the beach. It was wicked at getting sand from between your toes.
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Old 03.11.2011, 10:48
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Re: Do you still have a bidet?

How does that work?? You bend over and reverse your ar*e in??


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No, still not clear.

I've never seen a bidet WITHOUT a toilet, so why have two toilets in the same room?

Meanwhile, I have replaced ours with a washer/dryer.

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I'm not being nasty here and I know that English is not your first language but to most English speaking people on here I think a lavatory is the same as a toilet. The mind boggles at the idea of a twin lavatory/toilet I think what you're refering to is called a washbasin to us Brits (or maybe a sink to the peasants amongst us)
Ah? I had no idea lavatory was not a synonyme for sink or at least the whole compartiment

lav·a·to·ry/ˈlavəˌtôrē/

Noun:
  • A room or compartment with a toilet and washbasin; a bathroom.
  • A sink or washbasin in a bathroom.

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Old 03.11.2011, 11:06
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Re: Do you still have a bidet?

Helm, I'll second what BelgianMum said!
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Old 03.11.2011, 11:10
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Ah? I had no idea lavatory was not a synonyme for sink or at least the whole compartiment

lav·a·to·ry/ˈlavəˌtôrē/


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  • A room or compartment with a toilet and washbasin; a bathroom.
  • A sink or washbasin in a bathroom.
Example
Well it would appear from your example that our friends from over the pond use the term lavatory to describe a washbasin.

In the UK the term is most commonly used to decribe the room with the toilet in it and I have never heard it used as a synonym for sink or wash basin.
The idea of a twin toilet with people side by side doing their business really made me chuckle so thanks for brightening up my day.

I guess it's just another example of the differences between proper English and the US variant.
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Old 03.11.2011, 11:18
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I guess it's just another example of the differences between proper English and the US variant.
I'm sorry, but I have to disagree there. I was taught British English in School, though I got enough American English from movies.

That is why I have used Present Perfect and Past Perfect since time immemorial and will continue to do so. I also write centre which makes my CSS freak out.

But I don't agree with calling UK English "proper English" same way I don't call Continental Portuguese "proper Portuguese" or German from Germany "proper German".

It has happened many times that the terms actually used in my profession are different from those used by common people.

I'm not saying my English is better than yours, since I would have no grounds for that, but I don't believe Hemingway's English to be less proper than Oscar Wilde's.

But this has nothing to do with bidets...
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Old 03.11.2011, 11:22
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Re: Do you still have a bidet?

I think it was supposed to be light-hearted, don't take it too seriously.
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Re: Do you still have a bidet?

may I introduce a new variation to the bidet?

In SE Asia you get this nice little hose attachment next to the toilet for washing your self. This often replaces toilet paper.

I haven't quite been able to figure this out in my head, nor have I been able to figure out how to politely ask a local how they use it.

It seems to go along the concept of a bidet. How do you hose yourself off up in there, (1) without getting water everywhere and (2) and still manage to put your clothes back on without having a wet spot if there's no toilet paper?
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I think it was supposed to be light-hearted, don't take it too seriously.
Sorry, I'm a bit cranky today because pain is back Didn't mean to sound like an angry old hag.

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In SE Asia you get this nice little hose attachment next to the toilet for washing your self. This often replaces toilet paper.
I saw these ones for the first time in Finland. They sometimes existed also in bathrooms with a bidet. I was a little bit embarrased after asking what those were for. I thought it was some kind of jet cleaning for the bathroom...
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I'm sorry, but I have to disagree there. I was taught British English in School, though I got enough American English from movies.

That is why I have used Present Perfect and Past Perfect since time immemorial and will continue to do so. I also write centre which makes my CSS freak out.

But I don't agree with calling UK English "proper English" same way I don't call Continental Portuguese "proper Portuguese" or German from Germany "proper German".

It has happened many times that the terms actually used in my profession are different from those used by common people.

I'm not saying my English is better than yours, since I would have no grounds for that, but I don't believe Hemingway's English to be less proper than Oscar Wilde's.

But this has nothing to do with bidets...
I'm sorry you took it the wrong way. I thought you would see from the icon that I was being tongue in cheek but you're obviously very touchy about it.

BTW What do you actually mean by common people?
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