With toilet paper being ripped off the shelves right now, the subject of bidets is being brought up a lot more. Bidets are a more economical, convenient and environmentally-friendly answer for keeping your backside clean. Toilet paper kills trees and the more people use it, the faster the trees need to die to manufacture it. A bidet just uses water to clean you up which not only saves trees but is a whole lot more convenient and economical too since you don't need to stockpile on toilet paper. And let's face it: it's a lot cleaner too. After all, you wouldn't take a bath by rubbing dry paper all over you. So, why would you do it to the most unclean part of your body?

With toilet paper being ripped off the shelves right now, the subject of bidets is being brought up a lot more…

Bidets are a more economical, convenient and environmentally-friendly answer for keeping your backside clean. Toilet paper kills trees and the more people use it, the faster the trees need to die to manufacture it. A bidet just uses water to clean you up which not only saves trees but is a whole lot more convenient and economical too since you don't need to stockpile on toilet paper. And let's face it: it's a lot cleaner too. After all, you wouldn't take a bath by rubbing dry paper all over you. So, why would you do it to the most unclean part of your body?

If you are interested in the idea of a bidet, it's important to know there are a few different types. The bidet shower is a handheld trigger nozzle, kind of like the one you might have in your shower or kitchen faucet. That is used to clean your butt by directly spraying the water to that area. A standalone bidet is a separate plumbing unit that you install in your bathroom. Most homes don't come with them, so you may need to do a little remodeling to install one. An add-on bidet is one of the most common options because you can easily attach it to your toilet bowl. With an add-on bidet, the nozzle attaches to the back or side rim of the toilet and shoots water directly at the anal and genital areas. Some add-ons require that you replace your existing toilet seat with one that features an integrated bidet.

The Brondell White Bidet Attachment, available at Lowe's for $39.98, is one of the most inexpensive bidet options. This can attach to most toilet bowls as it is adjustable. The retractable nozzle is self-cleaning and offers three position settings. Water pressure is also adjustable and there is no electricity required. Another option is the Slim Edge Non-Electric Bidet Attachment System for $30 at Home Depot. It is easy to install and features silicone inserts that protect it from sliding around.

If you are interested in a sprayer, the Aquaus Chrome Toilet Mounted Handheld Bidet Sprayer is $57.14 at Lowe's. It is made in the USA and NSF certified to uniform plumbing code. Included with the kit is the sprayer, a brass T-connector and ball valve, a 54-inch stainless steel hose, two spray heads, and a tank clip and sprayer holder that you can mount on your wall. Other sprayers to consider are the Big John Bidet Hygienic Sprayer ($56.04) and Handheld Bidet Sprayer in Chrome ($39), available at Home Depot.

A higher-end, advanced attachment option is the Bio Bidet Supreme Elongated Electric Bidet Seat, at Bed Bath & Beyond for $499.99, which works as a total seat replacement. The remote control panel allows you to adjust settings conveniently. You can control the temperature of the seat and water or select a special setting for feminine hygiene. The seat also features an oscillating spray feature and warm air dryer. The lid is also soft-closing. Included with this bidet is everything you need to set it up such as water supply hoses, AA batteries for the remote, a remote bracket, a deodorizer filter cartridge and all nuts and bolts required to install it.

If you want to install a separate bidet unit in your bathroom, you can get the Swiss Madison Sublime 15-1/2-in H Glossy White Elongated Bidet for $190.85 at Lowe's. It features an above-rim horizontal spray and a single hole for a bidet faucet. However, you will need to purchase a faucet separately. But you can find a relatively inexpensive faucet like the Hansgrohe Focus Chrome Horizontal Spray Bidet Faucet ($109.82 at Lowe's). It is solid brass and features an M2 ceramic cartridge and handle lock.