Toilet hygiene

Before you buy, consider the points listed below:

  • Bottom wiper: These long handled gadgets grip the toilet paper to extend your reach to clean yourself when seated on the toilet. From £12
  • Bidet bowl: These shaped bowls fit inside a standard toilet to enable the user to wash themselves. The bowl can be put in place before filling and can be emptied directly into the toilet bowl. From £10
  • Hand held bidet: Small, battery powered device with a short spray arm is filled with tap water and held in position by hand to give a gentle spray; more of a ‘freshen up’ than a wash. From £40
  • Battery Powered Portable Bidet: This portable bidet has a reservoir of water, heated by battery power with a spray nozzle that fits under the existing toilet seat to give a gentle spray wash. It comes with a carry bag. From £200
  • Hand held Douche shower: This hose with a shower head and trigger must be plumbed in beside the toilet. The hose is held in position and trigger is pressed to deliver a powerful water wash. From £20 + fitting
  • Traditional Bidets: A traditional bidet can be installed beside the toilet for a thorough wash after using the toilet. For easier transfers the bidet should be at the same height as the toilet. The traditional bidet will wash but not dry.                 Price: contact local plumber
  • Bidet Seat with integral dryer: Qualified technicians can install a powered bidet seat onto the existing toilet pan, for hands free washing and drying. The wash/dry function is operated with a buttons on a handset. Bidet seats have a smaller than standard aperture and are not compatible for use with shower/commode chairs. Check other users can use toilet safely with bidet seat attached. From £500 + fitting
  • Wash and dry toilets: Qualified technicians can install a complete replacement toilet with wash and dry facility. These have a larger aperture are more robust and can be fitted at a height to suit the user. They are compatible with some shower/commode chairs. Adjustments can be made to set temperature, pressure and direction of wash jets. Manual, remote, and sensor controls are available so they can be fully hands free. From £3000 + fitting
  • Consider whether equipment will impact the ability of others to use toilet.
  • Check weight limit on the equipment is adequate.
  • Always follow manufacturers instructions.
  • See: ‘Before you Buy: Toilet Equipment to help you get on and off the toilet’
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