Confession time: I am from one of these barbaric countries where the use of the bidet is not widespread. So I have no idea...
Question 1: What is the bidet good for?
Question 2: How do I use it?
Apparently the bidet is a necessity of daily life in some countries and we have already had questions such as
OK we are all adults here, so really, how on earth should I live without bidet?
but to my surprise nobody has ever questioned as to how to use them.
Assuming I'd be travelling to e.g. Italy and encounter such a bidet in my hotel bathroom,
- What should I use it for?
- What should I not use it for?
- How should I use it?
- How should I not use it?
- Bonus question: What is the social aspect of bidet usage in countries where they are widespread? Is it implicitly assumed everybody uses this device on a weekly/daily/hourly basis? Should I dare not talk about it or is there no taboo around it? E.g. when I say "I just used the bidet." does that sound like "I just washed my hands" or is that akin to "I just took a dump", i.e. a rather awkward thing to mention as small talk?
This is perfectly on-topic here on Travel SE as part of the bathroom usage 101 series (not in chronological order, omissions possible):
- OK we are all adults here, so really, how on earth should I live without bidet?
- OK we're all adults here, so really, how on earth should I use a squat toilet?
- OK we're all nerds here, so really, how on earth should I use a Japanese toilet?
- We're all adults here - how to use a squat toilet if you have trouble squatting?
- Are the hoses in toilets in Asia something I should know about?
- How to use toilet paper
- How do you use a traditional hot-air hand dryer so your hands are actually dry afterwards?
You could assume for this question I have no physical disabilities that would e.g. cause me trouble squatting.