Bidet Mate: Aussies Are Searching For 'Bum Guns' And Other Ways To Wipe
Aussies have been searching for alternative ways to survive the toilet paper crisis that has taken over the country due to coronavirus panic.
Online searches for bidets have taken off on Google, skyrocketing 350 percent in the past seven days.
Bidets have not enjoyed the same popularity in Australia that they have in other countries, such as Italy and Portugal, where they have been mandatory in bathrooms since 1975.
But with toilet paper now in short supply in shops, Aussies appear to be looking to bidets as a solution.
Related search terms for bidets, including people struggling to correctly spell the word ('biday' and 'budet' were the most popular variations) have also seen major search increases of up to 160 percent.
'Bum gun' has also seen a 50 percent rise in searches, as a descriptive alternative search term for bidets.
A spokesperson at Australia's largest supplier of bidets, The Bidet Shop, told 10 daily the number of inquiries into the alternative to toilet paper had increased in the past week.
"It's definitely gone up, lots and lots of inquiries," they said.
But the company is facing a a shortage of supply as their imported stock has been halted because of coronavirus.
"This is an issue we are now suffering, special deals that have been on for a while have had to be stopped because we can't discount things we don't have," the spokesperson said.
Basic bidets, which can be retro-fitted to toilets, work by having a small tap connected to a nozzle inside the toilet that squirts water backwards and forwards, similar to a wiping motion.
Warm air is then used to dry the area(s), eliminating the need for toilet paper.
"Eco bidets use about a teacup of water with each use and about $2.50-worth of electricity a year," the spokesperson said.
According to The Bidet Shop, people should be using the watery device instead of toilet paper for health reasons, even when there isn't a toilet paper shortage.
"If you were at a barbeque and picked up a bit of dog poo and somebody gave you a hamburger to eat, would you wipe your hands with tissues or would you go and wash with water?" the spokesperson said to compare the difference between toilet paper and bidets.
"You are a lot cleaner with water, all you are getting with toilet paper is pushing the poo into the micro-cracks of the anus."
It's not just bidet searches that have been on the rise since toilet paper became a survival need.
Searches for Japanese toilets have also jumped in the past few days. Japanese toilets are famous for being hi-tech and including jets of water similar to bidets.
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