I often say that some of my best ideas are sparked by my readers, and the subject of today’s post is no different! Our story begins with an email I recently received from a reader who was experiencing some unfortunate side effects related to their new low-flow toilet.
But I want to let you know up front that today’s post will feature a lot of “real talk” about toilets. I’m here to offer practical solutions to real life problems, and that often requires some real talk!
So I’m issuing a Real Talk Warning, because we will be talking about poop quite a bit today. But everybody poops, so I think we can handle a bit of frank discussion about it, right? Okay, good. :-)
The Problem: The Unintended Consequences Of Low-Flow Toilets
As I was saying, I got an email from a reader asking for help with the new low-flow toilet. And it’s an issue you may already be familiar with if you have a low-flow toilet at home!
While low-flow toilets are great at conserving water, they aren’t so great at removing all the evidence of a bowel movement. This reader was concerned with the streaks and marks that were left behind after flushing, and asked if I might be able to help.
I was intrigued by her predicament, and figured that it must be a common issue these days because of the increasing popularity of water-conserving toilets. So I decided to take the case and find a solution that could help!
The Solution: A Handheld Bidet Sprayer
Luckily, I was able to find a solution that was not only easy, but affordable too! The best way to eliminate those low-flow toilet streaks is to install a handheld bidet sprayer.
There are a couple of different types of bidet attachments you can install on your current toilet, one of which is a handheld sprayer. Once installed, the sprayer hangs off the edge of your toilet tank so it’s always within reach.
In addition to using this sprayer to clean yourself, you can also use it to clean the actual toilet! Those unsightly skid marks will be gone in seconds, without the need to use any cleaners or scrubbers to get the job done!
How To Install A Handheld Bidet Sprayer
Installing this handheld bidet sprayer couldn’t be easier! I installed one on the toilet at the OGT Studio so we could test it out. It took me all of five minutes from start to finish!
The kit included everything I needed to install it, which was very helpful. (And not that I needed to use it, but it also came with a 60-day full refund policy and a 12-month manufacturer warranty for added peace of mind!)
Step 1 – Turn Off The Water
You start by turning off the water to the toilet, then flushing the toilet to remove the remaining water from the tank.
Step 2 – Attach The T-Valve
Once the tank is empty, you unscrew the water hose where it connects to the toilet. Then you install the included T-valve, attaching the water hose to the bottom hole and bidet sprayer to the side hole.
Step 3 – Finish & Test
Make sure all the connection points are hand tight, then hang the sprayer clip off the side of the toilet tank. Turn the water back on and check for leaks.
If there are any leaks, turn the water back off. Use the included plumber’s tape wrap the threads at point where the leak is occurring. (I didn’t have any leaks, so hopefully you won’t need to do this step either!)
Once the sprayer operates free of leaks, use the handle on the t-valve to adjust the water pressure to where you want it. And voila, you’re done!
Bonus Benefits Of Having A Handheld Bidet Sprayer
In addition to eliminating those unsightly poop marks from your toilet bowl, there are other benefits to installing one of these bidet sprayers on your toilet. So here are some of the bonus benefits to giving this sprayer a try:
- Wash Diapers Easily. This sprayer is also marketed as a solution for washing cloth diapers. If you use cloth diapers or have been thinking about making the switch, having this sprayer could make your life a lot easier!
- Use Less Toilet Paper. Most people who use a bidet or bidet attachment report using much less toilet paper than they used to. Using less toilet paper will not only save you money, but it will help prevent clogs too!
- Feel Super Clean. Once you get used to the sensation of using a bidet, you’ll love how clean you feel after using it!
Have you ever considered adding a bidet attachment to your toilet?