There are many reasons to use a bidet. Spraying is more hygienic than wiping, according to doctors, and it's also cheaper in the long run. But if you aren't willing to make the switch for yourself, do it for the environment: Using a bidet conserves an estimated 1739 gallons of water per year that would otherwise be used to make toilet paper, according to the makers of Sonny, a new portable bidet currently raising money on Indiegogo. Sonny offers all the benefits of a bidet in a convenient handheld package that you can take anywhere.
Unlike other bidets, Sonny isn't a toilet attachment. No installation is required: Simply fill the bidet canister with water, bring it to the bathroom when you're ready to do your business, and spray yourself clean. One full canister provides 25 seconds of high-pressure water flow, or 40 seconds of standard pressure. The water stream can be be switched to three settings—precision, shower, and gentle—so you can choose whatever makes you feel clean and comfortable.
Each Sonny bidet comes comes with its own charging station. If you use it twice a day, you only need to charge it for one hour every three weeks or so. The only other maintenance Sonny requires is regular cleaning of the removable, anti-bacterial spray nozzle with soap or light detergent.
Bidets are standard in many parts of the world, but in the U.S., they've haven't caught on. Even if you already have a bidet installed in your toilet at home, you can bring Sonny with you on vacation, to work, to a friend's house, or anywhere else were you would otherwise be stuck with toilet paper as your only bathroom option.