Switching to a bidet can make you feel a lot cleaner. After all, you’re freeing your hands from the job of wiping your butt! So it makes sense that you’d want the device that cleans your intimate areas to stay hygienic itself, and you definitely want to extend the longevity of this life-changing device. That leads to the question of bidet maintenance and how to clean your bidet. Have no fear — bidet cleaning and maintenance is pretty simple. Most modern bidets will do a lot of the work for you!
Many bidets have self-cleaning features to maintain a baseline level of cleanliness without the user having to do anything at all. That means that there’s no need to clean the bidet nozzle after each use! A self-rinsing feature will spray down the nozzle after every wash, leaving you with a clean bidet nozzle and peace of mind every time you flush.
Bidet cleaning basics
Everyone loves a sparkling clean bathroom, so while you don’t need to worry about bidet maintenance day-to-day, you’re hopefully cleaning your toilet from time to time! You’ll want to know how to clean your bidet along with it. There are different types of bidets, and here we’re going to cover how to clean and maintain your bidet for the two most popular styles: bidet attachments and bidet toilet seats.
The biggest rule, no matter the bidet style, is to make sure you’re using a mild cleanser. There are no bidet cleaner specific products, so stick to dish soap, Windex, or Simple Green, instead of a more abrasive product that could cause corrosion to the metal parts or discoloration to your bidet. Bidet attachments and bidet toilet seats are usually made of durable plastic, so harsher cleaning products could damage the surface. You want to avoid anything with thinner, benzene, acidic chemicals, chlorine, or hydrochloric acid. Use a damp cloth with your cleanser to wipe down the parts you want to clean.
How to clean your bidet toilet seat
If your bidet seat has a power source, be sure to unplug it before cleaning. Using your damp cloth and gentle cleanser, wipe down the seat top and bottom, the base, and all other components of your bidet seat. You don’t necessarily need to clean underneath the base each time you give your bidet toilet seat a cleaning, but every once in a while it’s a good idea. Some bidet toilet seats require you to remove the entire unit to clean. Others feature a quick release button on the side that allows you to simply and easily slide the bidet seat off the toilet and clean underneath it. Feel free to use a standard toilet cleaner for this area since it isn’t plastic like your bidet seat.
While most bidet seats feature 100% retracted spray nozzles and self-rinsing features, it's always a good idea to give your nozzles a deeper clean occasionally. In the case of the Omigo Luxury Bidet Seat, there is a button on the side of the unit that extends the nozzles without them spraying for easy access. While nozzles are extended, use that same gentle cleanser and soft cloth to wipe them down thoroughly.
(Visit this help center article for details on how to clean your Omigo Bidet Nozzles - How Do I Clean My Bidet Seat)
If your bidet toilet seat comes with a remote control or side panel remote, make sure you wipe it down with a disinfectant as well. There you have it! A clean bidet toilet seat, ready to wash your bottom. Remember that cleaning your bidet seat can differ from model to model, so always consult your manual for specific instructions.
How to clean your bidet attachment
To clean a bidet attachment you’ll be performing the same wipe down with gentle cloth and gentle cleanser as your bidet toilet seat. It might be necessary to loosen your bidet attachment first so you can get in the space between the back of the nozzles and your toilet. To do so, loosen the bolts that connect your attachment and the toilet seat to the toilet. Then you can slide your attachment out of the way for a thorough cleaning.
Many attachable bidets, like the Element, have self-rinsing nozzles but allow you to pull the nozzles down by hand to give them a deeper cleaning. Element’s nozzles retract behind a small guard, so wipe it down too in case anyone caused any splashing onto it.
Finishing upAfter you clean and replace the components, it’s a good idea to run the bidet once or twice to make sure any cleaning products are fully washed off and won’t end up on you the next time you use it. Once that’s done, your bidet is as fresh and clean as you feel after washing with it!
Written by Allison Driskill