We’ve come a long way from the days of a chamber pot. Technology has permeated practically every facet of our society. Even our refrigerators can be “smart” now, so why not bathrooms too? Well, in some ways, they were some of the first banalities to be quietly infiltrated by technology, and it makes sense. Such advancements in technology can, however, cut down on the spread of potentially dangerous pathogens by increasing the level of hygiene in its users while simultaneously increasing their level of comfort.
A bidet is a word borrowed from the French meaning “pony.” It is a fixture designed with the express purpose of cleaning oneself self after using the bathroom by primarily using water instead of tissue paper. There are lots of varieties of bidets and options for customization, as evidenced in the link above.
Bidets have also been shown to have fairly significant health benefits as well. The ease of access and thorough nature of how the bidet carries out its task makes toileting for senior citizens in particular much less perilous. Toileting for senior citizens, particularly those in elder or memory care facilities, is often fraught with the risk of a fall or worse. The benefits are not limited to seniors, however. Bidets that both was and dry significantly reduce the number of germs our hands come into contact with and increases the overall hygiene of the entire experience.
Another benefit to the bidet is an environmental one. The bidet’s design directly cuts down on the amount of paper required and paper used during the toileting process. The average water required by a bidet to clean a person is about half a gallon, much less than that required to create an equal amount of toilet paper.
There are many ways to customize and renovate your living space, up to and including the commode. These personalized touches may include things like hands-free soap dispensers. It may seem small, but advances such as this have given us a lot of room to breathe concerning hygiene and sterilization protocols.
Some of these renovations may be purely cosmetic but will change the feel and “vibe” of your bathroom entirely. They may range from simple changes in cabinetry to installing smart lights that know when you enter and exit the room. A more complicated choice of cabinetry would look something like refrigerated cabinets. You can now purchase and install cabinets that are designed to house temperature-sensitive materials like beverages, medications, or even snacks.
On the other end of that spectrum, there is now such a thing as a warming cabinet. Warming cabinets are designed to warm the towels you’d like to use before exiting the shower.
Chromatherapy, more or less, means color therapy. LED lights are placed either in the showerhead or bathtub that display calming and soothing colors to help you relax while bathing. Chromatherapy additions make for gorgeous displays. These LED lights turn a regular old bathroom into a beautiful, moving, and constantly shifting work of art.
These chromatherapy additions usually also come with smart controls. The controls allow users to change the lighting, temperatures, or even pre-set water consumption limits. Waterproof speaker systems are also common with these sorts of amenities.
There are many, many different ways to customize a bathroom so that it increases the level and availability of our favorite creature comforts. These additions may seem a little excessive to some, but once you’ve had the pleasure of having a robot heated towel warmed specifically for you after exiting your chromatherapy customized waterfall shower, the purpose of such renovations becomes abundantly clear. As has previously been made clear, not all such renovations are so frivolous. These additions can actually be life-saving or changing for those of us who are a little more fragile or infirm.
The point is, though, that the bathroom is supposed to be a place of sanctuary and privacy. These additions, however excessive they may seem at times, help us perform our daily duties in the world by facilitating a greater level of rest and relaxation. And besides, who doesn’t want their own private, fully automated spa?