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    Exclamation ::DOODY TALK:: How do you use a bidet on trail?

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    One of my backpacking goals has been to move away from bringing toilet paper, however I will probably always take wet wipes. Anyhow I bought some silicon bidet things that fit onto a water bottle. I am curious how to use them?

    I would bring a bidet only bottle, probably a 16oz water bottle or maybe similar sized platypus packable bladder. What I am getting at is I WONT use my main drinking bottle.

    Actual usage? Certainly you can't get enough pressure to get fully clean from a water bottle alone? Do you rub the area with your hands and a combination of rinsing, maybe a few drops of DrBronners in the water?

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    head on over to YouTube and search on backcountry bidet or Skurka bidet and you'll find plenty of detailed instruction!

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    Sensitive topic!

    My understanding is that wet wipes are not allowed in outhouses and shouldn't be buried. Not positive on that though. Here's an alternative: use slightly damp toilet paper. Too much water and of course it falls apart. A simple (and discreet) method of getting slightly damp tp is to dampen a shirt sleeve or pant leg. Then press the tp gently against the wet fabric. Slightly damp tp often does a better and easier job of cleaning than dry tp.

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    I didn't know you shouldn't use wet wipes in outhouse/privys!!?? I only buy flushable thinking they would be safe to toss in.

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    It is my understanding that only human exhaust and toilet paper should go into a privy, or be buried in the woods

    https://www.greenmountainclub.org/can-i-throw-it-in-the-privy/

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    I disagree with this. You would be using precious water that you could be drinking and carrying. Paper is lighter.

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    I don’t have a “bidet” but use a squirt bottle so same principle.

    1) Totally remove your pants.
    2) Squat and do your thing
    3) While still squatting (Don’t stand up!), squirt yourself with water mixed with some Dr Bronners
    4) Wash yourself using your non-dominant hand.
    5) Now stand up and use a little more soap and water to wash your hands.
    6) Get dressed and use hand sanitizer.

    Easy peasy and cleaner than you’d ever get with TP.

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    Forgot to add, it doesn’t take much water. YMMV but I only use about 4 ounces or less.

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    I always did slightly moist toilet paper even while not in the woods, one dry at the end. I do bring wet wipes if I need one but I pack them out, throw in a little zip lock then my trash, usually zip lock is reused out of the trash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhioHiker View Post
    I didn't know you shouldn't use wet wipes in outhouse/privys!!?? I only buy flushable thinking they would be safe to toss in.
    Those also take forever to decompose. I carry used ones until I have a chance to put them in a trash can or burn them.
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    This is getting slightly off topic, can you burn used toilet paper and wet wipes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhioHiker View Post
    I didn't know you shouldn't use wet wipes in outhouse/privys!!?? I only buy flushable thinking they would be safe to toss in.
    So called “flushable” wipes have clogged some sewer systems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhioHiker View Post
    This is getting slightly off topic, can you burn used toilet paper and wet wipes?
    There are places that at least ask you DON'T do that... and might even prohibit it. I don't recall the details of where (maybe it was Grand Canyon National Park) that warned about people to started forest fires from trying to burn TP.

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    Check out Paul the Backpacker on youtube - he has designed and manufactured his own bidet and has it for sale.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCaT2W9M3BI

    He also has a few videos on "how to use" and "FAQs"
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...vutVcyo6PG-Xo_

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhioHiker View Post
    This is getting slightly off topic, can you burn used toilet paper and wet wipes?
    For a number of reasons, you shouldn't burn either. This material should be packed out and disposed of, especially wet wipes which may say "flushable" on the package but they are not dispersible and do not easily break down if at all. Given the majority of the public who cannot (or will not) manage the cat hole and packing out process of TP, privies have popped up around shelters to reduce the problem of human waste along the trail along with the signature TP "blossoms" which is horrible to pass through. Though TP may be allowed in some privies and composting toilets, it's better to pack out the TP, wipes should always be packed out as well.

    This is a very important process to get right given this is the wellspring of Norovirus, never mind a host of other diseases associated with human fecal contact including cholera, typhoid cryptosporidiosis, dysentery, hepititius A, several varieties of worms. Serious stuff indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justhike View Post
    Check out Paul the Backpacker on youtube - he has designed and manufactured his own bidet and has it for sale.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCaT2W9M3BI

    He also has a few videos on "how to use" and "FAQs"
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...vutVcyo6PG-Xo_
    Thanks for the video. I asked myself, Do I really want to spend 33 min of my life watching this? Yep, it was worth it, gave me a smile this morning.

    I picked up a few tips like the rolling pants technique, but I’m not sure how well that will work for females who pee at the same time they’re pooping or for people who can’t do a low squat for whatever reason. I’m gonna try it.

    He also doesn’t use soap. That’s a personal preference but we all know that soap and water is the best defense against Noro virus. When I wash after pooping, I use the opportunity to also wash my female parts which helps to prevent UTI. Sometimes I rinse the soap with clean water or wipe with a damp bandana afterwards but it depends on the situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traffic Jam View Post
    I don’t have a “bidet” but use a squirt bottle so same principle.

    1) Totally remove your pants.
    2) Squat and do your thing
    3) While still squatting (Don’t stand up!), squirt yourself with water mixed with some Dr Bronners
    4) Wash yourself using your non-dominant hand.
    5) Now stand up and use a little more soap and water to wash your hands.
    6) Get dressed and use hand sanitizer.

    Easy peasy and cleaner than you’d ever get with TP.
    Thanks for posting this process.
    Since many years, I don't carry TP or paper towels or similar stuff, but am using water only.
    Over time, I got so much skilled in this that I'd need only very little water using no soap, or just little with using soap.
    And BTW, I dont see any issue in using my drinking bottle. There would be no direct nor indirect contact between the bottle and any "stuff".

    May I just add to your itinerary:
    5) Now stand up AND DO NOT MAKE ANY STEP SIDEWAYS OR BACKWARDS - because your fresh thurd is looming there and would cling to your boots like, well, ****.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traffic Jam View Post
    I don’t have a “bidet” but use a squirt bottle so same principle.

    1) Totally remove your pants.
    2) Squat and do your thing
    3) While still squatting (Don’t stand up!), squirt yourself with water mixed with some Dr Bronners
    4) Wash yourself using your non-dominant hand.
    5) Now stand up and use a little more soap and water to wash your hands.
    6) Get dressed and use hand sanitizer.

    Easy peasy and cleaner than you’d ever get with TP.

    hahahaha try that at 10degrees in the frozen north east? nah... its dooo n run like hell before your cookies fall off.

    besides... all that washing sounds like wasting water. diodegradable toilet paper is the only way to go. wet wipes are nice for cleaning up the neighborhood after a good wipe but those things should be bagged n carried out, even if they say flushable... read the package label?

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    Good ole TP. Quick, neat and light. Weekly shower takes care of the rest.

    Seriously, a lot of the better privies specifically ask that you add no moisture via urine, can’t imagine bidet water is any better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HankIV View Post
    Good ole TP. Quick, neat and light. Weekly shower takes care of the rest.

    Seriously, a lot of the better privies specifically ask that you add no moisture via urine, can’t imagine bidet water is any better.
    I rarely hike where there are privies…

    All you’re doing with TP is smearing the poop and getting it on your hands when you wipe. Water and soap is the best way to clean fecal matter.

    But to each his own. I’m content that what I do is best for me and the environment.


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