This is Not a Product Recommendation Post

The year: 2002. The place: Genova, Italy. Upon entering the room, I noticed right away the small balcony with a beautiful view of this town. Putting down my bags, I inspected the room to make sure everything was in order. In the bathroom, I saw something like this.

Bidet Mate!

At first sight, I had no clue what it was. Is it an extra toilet or an extra sink? Later on, I learned that it was a bidet (Look it up if you still don’t know what I’m talking about). Good thing I didn’t wash my hair in it!

I don’t know about where you live, but here where I’m from those things are just not common in the average bathroom. But I have seen these.


It attaches to your toilet, and basically functions as a bidet. Toilet and bidet in one! Some people would say “I gotta get me one of those!”

If you are in the market for one of these bidet attachments, think real carefully first before you purchase, especially if you have a toddler in your house.

One fine day, when we were at someone’s house for a visit, one of my children went to the bathroom to do their thing. My youngest decided to follow his older sibling, and while this child was sitting on the toilet, my little boy turned the knob on the bidet. The poor victim of this incident screamed as if there was a fire in the house. And, when I went to investigate what the commotion was all about, I discovered that it was not a fire, but a geyser.

My little one must have turned it full blast because that water shot up from the toilet, hitting about 5 feet up the wall. I am not exaggerating. I wish I had a picture to show you, but taking pictures was the last thing on my mind that day.

After mopping up the wet floor and walls, we all had a good laugh about it.

What still baffles me about this bidet is why would anyone want or need to turn it on to the highest setting?

Has anything funny happened to you lately?


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9 thoughts on “This is Not a Product Recommendation Post

  1. Hahahah! I remember playing with the bidet when I was a kid! Eeeeww! My great grandpa had it removed after a while because apparently, me and my cousins played with it so much! But the bidet that looks like a sink…. Why?! LMAO

    1. Did you know what it was when you were a kid? When I was on flickr looking for photos to use for this post, I came across some interesting things that people have come up with to use them. There were a good number of pics of kids playing with them (like you did). The most interesting one was someone was bathing their baby in it. I’d hate to find a picture like that in my baby album.

  2. Bahaha!! I have seen these before but never used one. I heard they think we Americans are gross of not using them. I cracked up the hardest at your thought of who would need such a high setting though! 🙂

  3. After 25 years here in Italy, I would really miss having a bidet. And by the way, Ai, a home bidet could be used for washing hair–though inconvenient, as they’re so low. Though they are shaped like a toilet, they are nothing but a low sink. Ours gets washed out after every use, so it’s always clean, and I use it for rinsing dusty feet, soaking laundry, etc. They’re great inventions, and yes, here in Italy, we think it’s gross to not have one. A bit of dry paper can never get you as clean as good old soap and water!! But I sure wouldn’t like one that sprays the ceiling!! Great story!

    1. I don’t know, Sheila. I don’t think I could wash my hair in a bidet. The feet I can do. In fact, I think I vaguely remember washing my feet in the bidet when I was in Italy … but I don’t think I knew what it was yet. 🙂

      1. 🙂 Well, I think many people have used the sink for hair washing once in a while, even though washing hands in it after using the toilet.It’s really no different.

        But then, bidets weren’t made for hair washing–as I said, the low height makes that inconvenient!

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