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Most Americans Agree Pandemic Has Raised Hygiene Awareness in 2021

By Linda Trautman April 04, 2021 0 comments

More than 8 in 10 people said the pandemic influenced them to clean their home and bathrooms, and practice better hygiene.

Washing Hands For Better Hygiene

Crystal Lake -- March 2, 2021 -- With heightened focus on cleanliness, Bio Bidet, the innovative developer of kitchen & bath products, announced the findings of its 2021 Hygiene Awareness study that found that more than 8 in10 will continue to exhibit additional hygienic practices after the pandemic subsides. The survey of 1,017 Americans found when asked what level of conserving around the home best describes their personal practices, 59% said they recycle and 44% do whatever they can to conserve food, energy and water.

Of those surveyed, 82% said the pandemic influenced them to pay more attention to your personal hygiene. Men were even more focused on a degree of personal hygiene (87%) than were females (77%). What hygienic practices will they continue to exhibit in 2021?

  • 66% - Using hand sanitizer
  • 62% - Wearing a mask
  • 62% - Social distancing
  • 32% - Curbside pickup or delivery services
  • 27% - Using an air purifier
  • 17% - Using a bidet
  • 7% - UV sterilizing

“In our current times, a new consumer has emerged with a more thoughtful approach to how they address their body and their living arrangements,” said James Amburgey, Director Business Unit Development at Bio Bidet. “A new year can be a springboard for many to not only continue with a keener awareness of better hygiene and cleanliness, but an opportunity to raise that bar for a safer and more satisfying lifestyle.”

Clean Mentality and Cleaner Tech

When it comes to what a pandemic can influence, 84% said they plan to clean their home more often in 2021, and 83% said they plan to clean their bathroom(s) more often. Interestingly, of Americans that use bidets, 92% said the pandemic has them more motivated to clean their houses and another 91% of bidet users will be cleaning their bathrooms more often this year.

The over use of Toilet Paper

Meanwhile, 60% said toilet paper use in their home went up as a result of the stay-at-home mandates. Of the 24% that own bidets in America (and another 15% that plan to buy a bidet in 2021), 79% said the toilet paper shortage had some influence on their bidet purchase, and a whopping 90% said they are glad they made that purchase. 

When it comes to cleaner technology, 65% of Americans are more interested in touchless products (motion sensors, voice activation, etc.) as a result of the pandemic, and 50% are now more interested in UV sterilizing products. By no coincidence, Bio Bidet kicked off 2021 by launching the Discover DLS and the Discover DLX that offer UV sterilization, automatic seat and lid controls, and a stylish low-profile design, while the Discovery DLX also provides a kick button control and automatic flush functions in a luxury full toilet design.

About Propeller Insights

Propeller conducted its national online survey for Bio Bidet of 1,017 U.S. adults between January 3-6, 2021. Survey responses were nationally representative of the U.S. population for age, gender, region, and ethnicity. The maximum margin of sampling error was +/- 3 percentage points, with a 95% level of confidence.

 Common Bidet Misconceptions

Thanks to the Covid pandemic and the resulting toilet paper shortages, most people have now not only heard of bidets, they have also considered investing in one. However, a lot of misinformation is still circulating regarding bidets and how they work. So, let’s clear up the most common bidet misconceptions.

First of all, bidets are not stand-alone units in your bathroom that require separate plumbing. That used to be true. So this rumor is based in fact. But those facts are outdated.

Modern bidets are actually high-tech toilet seats that you can use in place of your current toilet seat. So you install them right on top of your existing toilet. You simply unscrew the bolts that hold in your current toilet seat, then follow the instructions to install your bidet seat.

Different seats require slightly different installation methods, but almost all seats can be installed by yourself, no plumber required, in about 20 minutes. Modern bidet seats need to be plugged in so that they have the power to offer their amazing perks. As long as you have an outlet within a few feet of your toilet, you’ve got everything you need for your bidet to work.

 Toasty Warm Features of Bidet Toilet Seats

Secondly, using a bidet is not uncomfortable. When you sit down on a bidet seat, it feels just like sitting on a regular toilet seat, unless you bought a bidet with the “heated seat” function. In that case, it will feel a million times better than a regular toilet seat.

It’s easy to become addicted to the luxurious seat warmer feature! Regardless, sitting down to do your business will be “business as usual.” Some people worry that the water stream that sprays out of the nozzle to clean you after you go might be too strong and create discomfort. This is no more true than the idea that the water in your shower hurts your skin when you bathe.

Just like when you shower, you can control the water pressure of your bidet. Many bidets offer multiple water pressure choices, so you can choose on a scale from a gentle, wide spray, to a strong, narrow spray. Even on the strongest wash setting, your bidet will never hurt your backside.

It will merely clean you faster and more efficiently. That said, if you’re nervous about the water pressure, we recommend starting on a low water pressure setting until you become accustomed to bidet washes.

Third, people have been heard to wonder if a bidet will truly get them clean. Yes! Yes! Yes! This misconception is the one that has us most puzzled. Clinging to the notion that toilet paper wiping will get you cleaner than a bidet is like clinging to the notion that the world is flat. (Apologies to Flat Earthers and Toilet Paper lovers, but you’re mistaken!)

Think about a few things: if you were changing a toddler’s diaper and some of the waste accidentally got on your hands, would you wipe it with a dry tissue? Or clean it in the sink? If you spilled orange juice on your arm, would you wipe it with a dry paper towel? Or rinse it? If you step in dog poop, do you use a dry napkin, or your hose to clean your shoe? You get the point. Over and over, you would choose water to clean yourself. But when it comes to your backside, you think dry paper does the trick.

That line of reasoning doesn’t hold. Washing your sensitive areas with a bidet is not only the cleaner option, it is the more sanitary option. Further, the number one health risk involved with wiping is getting waste on your fingers and hands. Obviously, this fact is why we all wash our hands after using the restroom, but even still, there are times we don’t wash well enough, and the bacteria on our hands and fingers is then transferred onto household objects, doorknobs and more.

Don’t believe us: just Google how many molecules of excrement can be found on cash! So it's nice that using a bidet can be a hands-free experience. Finally, on the point of cleanliness, keep in mind that the bidet nozzles aren’t just spraying willy-nilly. You position the nozzle precisely where you want it – so for example, if you want a front wash, you choose that. Likewise with a rear wash. You can pinpoint exactly where you want the water stream to wash you.

Hopefully reading this article has helped you better understand the truth about bidets. If you have further questions, please tool around our website, or give us a call. We’re here to help. We are passionate about the benefits bidets offer and we want you to be as well!


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