How To Clean A Bidet

Last Updated On March 1, 2024

Updated on August 30, 2023

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So, you’re thinking about buying a bidet, or maybe a bidet toilet seat to retrofit your existing toilet. “But how the heck do you clean those things?”

The good news about cleaning bidets is this…

What's In This Guide?

      Bidets are Easy to Clean!

      Fortunately, cleaning a bidet is not as complicated as it may seem. With just a few simple steps and some basic supplies, you can easily keep your bidet in pristine condition.

      And your bidet might have a self cleaning feature. Be sure to consult the manufacturer’s instructions for specific guidance on how to best clean your bidet model. 

      Bidet Cleaning Supplies

      Before you start, you’ll need to gather all the necessary supplies.

      1. Rubber gloves
      2. Mild detergent or cleaner specifically designed for bidets (avoid using harsh chemicals). 
      3. Soft bristled brush and/or non-abrasive sponge.
      4. Soft cloth
      5. Mild disinfectant like vinegar or manufacturer’s suggestion.

      Safety First! Unplug your electric bidet and turn off the water flow.

      You are now ready to clean your modern bidet!

      How to Properly Clean Your Bidet

      Use a gentle cleaner to clean the outside surface of your bidet, and the bidet bowl.

      Spray the cleaner on a soft cloth/sponge to apply it, then scrub all areas including under the rim and around fixtures before rinsing off any residue.

      Basically, you are cleaning the outside just like you would a toilet bowl. Then rinse or wipe off the surfaces with water. 

      Want the complete tour of how to clean a bidet? Check out this video:

      Cleaning a Standalone Bidet 

      A stand alone bidet is cleaned just as you would any toilet or sink.

      How to Clean a Bidet Nozzle

      The bidet sprayer is an important part of your bidet and needs special attention during cleaning. Be aware that some models will have a dual nozzle.

      1. Use a soft-bristled brush and mild soap or specialized bidet cleaner to clean the nozzle thoroughly. 
      2. Make sure to remove any debris or buildup. You can use an old toothbrush to scrub out the nozzle tip area.
      3. Soak any mineral build-up in a 1:1 vinegar/water mixture for at least 4 hours, then rinse with warm water. Vinegar works well for mineral deposits, but it’s not an effective sanitizer.
      4. Your bidet might have a self cleaning nozzle. Use it regularly to keep it clean and sanitized. 

      Clean The Bidet Strainer

      A strainer or mesh filter helps filter out debris from entering your bidet’s system which could cause blockages over time:

      • Remove the strainer by unscrewing counterclockwise.
      • Rinse under running tap water to dislodge dirt particles.
      • Soak it in a vinegar solution for at least 4 hours to dissolve any mineral deposits.
      • Rinse thoroughly with water and reinstall into the bidet.

      Clean The Bidet Toilet Seat Attachment

      The bidet toilet seat attachment is another part of your toilet that requires regular cleaning. Follow these steps:

      1. Wipe down the seat using a mild soap and warm water mixture on a soft cloth or sponge.
      2. Rinse off any soap residue with clean water, making sure not to get any electrical components wet if you have an electric bidet.
      3. Dry the bidet seat thoroughly before you plug it back in.

      Maintaining cleanliness in your bidet keeps it hygienic while helping to keep it running smoothly. 

      Key Takeaway: 

      You should regularly clean your bidet, use a gentle cleaner and warm water, a soft cloth, and sponge.

      Cleaning Different Types of Bidets

      Different types of bidets require different cleaning methods, so we will go over some of these, including a handheld and even a portable bidet. 

      Cleaning Your Electric Bidet

      Electric bidets come with advanced features like a heated seat, water pressure settings, and warm water sprays. To clean an electric bidet:

      Safety First! Unplug the unit from the power source before starting any cleaning process. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for specific cleaning requirements so you don’t damage the various electronic features.

      Cleaning Your Bio Bidet

      Bio Bidets use natural materials such as bamboo charcoal filters that help reduce odor while maintaining hygiene levels. Cleaning these models  may require additional care when handling their unique components.

      Familiarize yourself with your bio bidet’s user manual for specific maintenance requirements related to its filter system or other unique parts.

      Cleaning a Bidet Attachment

      Bidet attachments are installed directly onto your existing toilet seat. To clean these devices:

      1. Turn off the water supply connected to the attachment.
      2. Remove the bidet attachment from your toilet seat by following manufacturer instructions.
      3. Clean all parts of the device with mild soap and water solution, paying special attention to nozzles and bidet hose. 

      Cleaning Your Handheld Bidet

      A hand held bidet is very much like a hand-held shower. You would clean it the same way. But you should also use a soft brush to thoroughly clean the sprayer. And occasionally soak the nozzle head in a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water for about an hour before rinsing.

      Cleaning Portable Bidet

      Yes, there is such a thing as a portable bidet. Or, as some people like to call them, “a traveling bum shower.” It’s essentially a large plastic bottle with an arm that extends out from the top where the water emerges when you squeeze it.

      You can wash it with a mixture of hot water and soap, then wipe it down with alcohol to sanitize it. And you’re ready to go (again)!

      Cleaning Your Tushy Bidet and Toto Washlet

      Tushy Bidet and Toto Washlet are both brand name electronic bidet seat attachments you install on your existing toilet.  They are popular for their sleek design and easy installation. You clean them similar to the other types.

      Key Takeaway: 

      This section shows that cleaning the different types of bidets use similar cleaning techniques, with a few distinctions. 

      Pro Tip: Sanitize the Bidet

      Sanitize and disinfect your bidet to guarantee it stays free from germs.

      Choose the Right Disinfectant for Your Bidet

      Look for a product that effectively kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi without damaging the surface of your bidet or causing skin irritation. 

      To create an effective cleaning solution, mix equal parts of water with the chosen disinfectant in a spray bottle. 

      1. Spray: Apply the cleaning solution generously onto all areas of the bidet’s exterior surface as well as any attachments such as nozzles or hoses.
      2. Wait: Allow the solution to sit for at least five minutes so that it has enough time to work.
      3. Dry: Wipe down your freshly sanitized bidet using a dry, lint-free cloth or paper towel. 

      By following the instructions in this guide, you can easily keep your bidet sanitized and sparkling. With minimal effort required to maintain a bidet, cleaning one is easy and hassle-free.

      Key Takeaway: 

      To keep your bidet clean and hygienic, it’s important to sanitize and disinfect it regularly. 

      Final Thoughts on Cleaning Your Bidet the Right Way

      Bidets are easy to clean and maintain. By following our guide on cleaning your bidet, you will ensure it stays in pristine condition. 

      FAQs How to Clean a Bidet

      What is the best way to clean a bidet?

      The most effective method for cleaning a bidet is similar to cleaning a toilet. There are a few different parts that need cleaning, but the manufacturer’s instructions will show you how.

      Yes, bidets are sanitary. While nothing is 100% safe, they are considered more sanitary than traditional toilets using toilet paper.

      How do I keep my bidet sanitary?

      You keep it sanitary the same way you keep your toilet sanitary. There are a few additional parts that need to be cleaned, but that can easily be done during the normal cleaning.

      Can you use Clorox wipes on bidet?

      No, it’s not recommended to use Clorox wipes on your bidet as they contain harsh chemicals that can damage its surface or components over time. 

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