Bum Guns are sprays that use water to clean your bottom instead of using toilet paper. A more correct term would be a personal bidet spray.
Think about this….why do we smear our waste between our cheeks with dry paper towels? Probably because there have been few alternatives to toilet paper and that’s the way we have been taught to clean our bottoms. If you wanted to clean mud from your hands, would you use tissues to wipe off the mud, or rinse them under a tap? I know which I would choose! The modern bidet sprays now give you that cleaner, more hygienic option of using water to clean your behind.
Bum Guns can either be permanently plumbed into the toilet cistern in your bathroom or purchased as a portable device that you can take with you in a handbag or pocket.
How do Bidet Sprays/Bum Guns Work?
Permanent bidet sprays have a small shower head with a finger-operated trigger. When the trigger is squeezed the spray delivers a soft stream of water that cleans your bottom while you are seated on the toilet. The bidet is easy to install and usually takes around 15 minutes.
What are Portable Bum Guns
The portable bum gun comes in two forms, electric (battery operated) or hand squeeze (manual). These devices are made up of a water reservoir and a spray unit. When not in use, they fit neatly, one inside the other, to make a compact unit that will fit discreetly in a handbag or pocket.
Portable Electric Bidets
Electric portable bidets contain a pump, powered by a rechargeable battery or in some cases a conventional battery. The water reservoir can vary in size from 140ml for super compact units for travel to 230ml capacity for Loo-side units.
Fill the reservoir with warm or cold water from the tap. Connect it with the pump unit and push the button to deliver a soft but effective stream of water to your bottom, giving a total clean. Just like an intimate shower.
Many portable bidets have 2 power levels. A soft cleaning button for sensitive areas and a regular setting for a quick thorough clean.
The electric bidet has a spray nozzle that can be angled through 180°. This makes the bidet very easy to use if you struggle with arthritis, aging hands or for people who have mobility issues when struggling to reach behind.
How to use a Portable Electric Handheld Bidet Spray
Time needed: 2 minutes.
How to use a Handheld Portable Bidet and Bum guns
- Fill the reservoir.
Using either warm or cold water from the tap, fill the bidet water container to the max fill line.
- Connect the reservoir and pump together
Carefully push the pump unit onto the water container ensuring the plastic lugs locate with the slots and twist to lock. This is the biggest cause of leaks when using portable handheld bidets.
- Stay seated to clean
Either reach behind yourself or pass the bidet between your legs from the front. Press the button on the pump to deliver a soft but effective spray of water
- Use the bidet effectively
Use a circular motion to clean the area.
- To finish
Use 2 squares of toilet tissue to check for cleanliness and pat your bottom dry.
Manual Portable Bidet Sprays
Manual devices have soft squeeze reservoirs, attached to fixed angle spray nozzles. Fill the reservoir with warm or cold water and squeeze the bottle, this delivers a soft short jet of water to where it’s needed. Manual sprays are great for a quick hygienic wash and can be carried easily in a handbag or pocket.
Advantages of using Bidets
Bum guns have added health benefits too. Toilet paper can contain all sorts of chemicals from dyes to bleach and users can soon find sensitive skin becoming itchy and sore, especially if they contain artificial fragrances.
For the Girls
Great for cleaning post period, post intercourse and if you need some extra hygiene during the day. It is extremely helpful when avoiding UTI’s and also helps relieve the symptoms of yeast infections, that can be brought on by toilet paper contamination. A lifesaver during pregnancy and postnatal cleanliness, which can often be a challenge.
For the Chaps
Increased anal hygiene and relief from the pain paper causes, if constipated or suffer from haemorrhoids. No itching from toilet paper residue or after-effects from a less than hygienic clean. Let’s face it chaps if you’ve got hair down there, and you are left with arsteroids, who doesn’t feel better after a good shower down below?!
Bum guns are not only an eco-friendly alternative to toilet paper and hygienic but will save you money too. Occasionally you may want to dab your, now clean area, dry and there are some great organic loo papers on the market.
Made from bamboo, organic toilet paper is 100% sustainable, contains no dyes, inks or fragrances and comes packaged in bamboo paper, so no plastic!