Portable bidets have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their convenience and hygiene benefits. However, like any other bathroom equipment, portable bidets need regular cleaning to maintain their functionality and avoid unpleasant odors. Unfortunately, many people make common mistakes when cleaning portable bidets, which can lead to bacterial growth, damage to the device, and poor hygiene.
Using the Wrong Cleaning Products
One of the most common mistakes people make when cleaning portable bidets is using the wrong cleaning products. Some cleaning agents can damage the device’s plastic or rubber components, leading to leaks or malfunction. For instance, strong acids or alkalis can cause discoloration, cracking, or warping of the plastic parts. Similarly, harsh abrasives can scratch the surface or remove the protective coating, exposing the material to moisture and bacteria.
To avoid these issues, always read the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning the portable bidet. Most bidet manufacturers recommend using mild detergents or antibacterial cleaners that are safe for plastic and rubber. Avoid using bleach, ammonia, vinegar, or any acidic or alkaline cleaner, as they can damage the device’s components. Also, avoid using abrasive sponges or brushes to scrub the bidet, as they can scratch the surface and create hiding places for bacteria.
Not Cleaning the Nozzle Properly
Another common mistake people make when cleaning portable bidets is not cleaning the nozzle properly. The nozzle is the part of the bidet that sprays water onto your private parts, and it can harbor bacteria and debris if not cleaned regularly. Some people assume that rinsing the nozzle with water is enough, but this only removes the surface dirt and not the hidden buildup.
To clean the nozzle properly, you need to detach it from the bidet and soak it in a cleaning solution. First, turn off the bidet’s water supply and unplug the device from the power source. Then, unscrew the nozzle from the bidet and rinse it with warm water to remove any visible debris. After that, mix a cleaning solution of mild detergent and warm water in a bowl or sink and soak the nozzle for about 10-20 minutes.
Next, use a soft-bristled brush or toothbrush to scrub the nozzle gently, making sure to reach all the crevices and angles. Avoid using a hard brush or wire brush, as they can scratch the surface or damage the nozzle’s internal components. After scrubbing, rinse the nozzle with warm water to remove the cleaning solution and dry it with a clean towel. Finally, reattach the nozzle to the bidet and turn on the water supply and power.
Not Cleaning the Water Tank
Another mistake people make when cleaning portable bidets is not cleaning the water tank. The water tank is the reservoir that holds the clean water for the bidet’s sprayer, and it can accumulate sediment, mineral deposits, and bacteria over time. If not cleaned regularly, the tank can produce foul-smelling water or clog the bidet’s sprayer.
To clean the water tank, first, unplug the bidet from the power source and turn off the water supply. Then, drain the tank by holding the bidet over a sink or bucket and pressing the trigger on the sprayer. After draining, fill the tank with a cleaning solution of warm water and white vinegar or lemon juice. Use about one cup of vinegar or juice per gallon of water.
Next, let the cleaning solution sit in the tank for about 30 minutes to dissolve the sediment and mineral buildup. After that, drain the tank again and rinse it with clean water to remove the vinegar or juice residue. You can use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe the tank’s walls and bottom, but avoid using abrasive materials or brushes that can scratch the surface.
Not Disinfecting the Bidet
Disinfecting the bidet is a crucial step in maintaining its hygiene and preventing the spread of infections. Unfortunately, many people overlook this step or use the wrong disinfectant, which can lead to bacterial growth and cross-contamination. Disinfecting the bidet means killing or reducing the number of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that may be present on its surface.
To disinfect the bidet, first, clean it with a mild detergent and warm water, as we discussed earlier. Then, prepare a disinfecting solution of water and bleach or hydrogen peroxide. For bleach, use a ratio of one tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water. For hydrogen peroxide, use a ratio of one part hydrogen peroxide to two parts water.
Next, spray or wipe the bidet’s surface with the disinfecting solution, making sure to cover all the areas that come in contact with your skin. Let the solution sit for about 10-15 minutes, then rinse the bidet with clean water and dry it with a clean towel.