I wasn’t quite sure how to approach the testing of this product, as it is something that is a bit out of the ordinary. I’m not sure how many readers are familiar with the bidet – I never saw one or heard of one, until I was in New York City back in 1978, staying at a hotel – my first time ever in a hotel. I was working an undercover gig, that took me from my then home town of Chicago, to Miami and finally to NYC. Up until then I had only stayed in motels when traveling.
Upon stepping into the bathroom, I couldn’t help but notice that there were two toilets, but one was sure different from the other. It had water that squirted up, instead of actually flushing down. I felt a bit like Crocodile Dundee. Hmmm? I agree, I’m not always the sharpest tool in the tool shed, but in short order, I figured out what the second “toilet” was – it is called a bidet, and it is for washing your backside, after you’ve taken care of your “business.” What the bidet does is, it gently directs a stream of water to your backside, to help cleanse it. While we Americans mostly use toilet paper, in much of Eastern Europe and other places around the world, toilet paper is at a real premium. So they use clean water to help clean their backsides after using the regular toilet.
Personally, I never used a bidet, after staying in several hotels over the years, just me, I guess, being ol’ fashion and using that white paper that is on a roll, for cleaning my backside. Just the way my mind works, I guess – and I’m probably not going to change my personal hygiene method of cleaning my backside, anytime soon. Don’t hate me, I’m old and set in my ways!
The product under review is called the QLav, and they don’t have a web site for some reason – I checked – but this product is sold all over the ‘net – it is especially easy to find on Amazon (with Prime free shipping) or eBay from a number of different vendors.
I can see where the QLav can come in handy, especially if you suffer from various maladies like hemorrhoids, post surgery and post pregnancy, where your backside might be a little bit tender, and using even the most gentle toilet paper could cause you some discomfort. The QLav is made in the USA, too.
In a survival situation, you need several things to help you survive, needless to say, you need food, water and shelter, and a good camp fire is nice to have. Now, many people don’t seem to realize that they need to take care of their personal hygiene as well – this means staying clean – and not just washing your hands all the time. Right now, down in Venezuela, millions are suffering because of a lack of electricity, food and water. Many have been seen collecting waste water – I guess they don’t understand that, you shouldn’t drink water from that source, and they are getting deathly sick from it. Still, they are attempting to provide some type of personal hygiene to themselves and their families.
TheQLav can be used when you are camping outdoors, if you have a source or water, or traveling, as well as at home. What we have is a blue polymer “bottle” that you can put water into – and if possible, make sure the water temperature is comfortable – squirting cold water on your backside would be a shock to the system, I’m sure. This blue water container has a curved neck on it. So, once filled, you can seat yourself comfortably – as best you can – and squirt the water onto you backside, to help clean it after taking care of your business. It doesn’t get much simpler than this – nothing to really break or go wrong with this device – and simple is always better.
My wife and oldest daughter decided to be my test subjects, to give this product a real try. First of all, I guess it is also a very good product for feminine hygiene – helping to also clean your front private, as well as your rear private – I never would have thought of this myself. In all honesty, I didn’t test the QLav myself for some reason – some kind of mental block there, I guess – like I said, I’m old school – I’m used to doing things one way. However, I can sure see how the QLav could be a great benefit for many of the reasons I outlined above. And, I’d use it in a SHTF situation if there wasn’t any good ol’ toilet paper available.
I don’t see anyone packing this is a backpack, when they go out hiking or camping for a day or two – it would take up too much space in the pack, and you have to have a source of fairly clean water to put into the QLav, and then, of course, heating the water. You could use the water from whatever source you get it from – as is – cold, but it wouldn’t be all that pleasant on your backside – or your front side to help cleanse those private areas.
Good Planning for Preppers
If you’re a Prepper, you already know that you cannot store enough toilet paper in your home, to see you through a long-term disaster. As a Christian, I see the End Times are upon us, and I know we don’t have room for many, many years of toilet paper in our home, so the QLav would come in handy in this respect. It takes up very little room, and it would help your personal hygiene. If you don’t sufficiently prepare for personal hygiene, then the diseases you can get will kill you just as sure as a bullet will, but it would be a long, lingering death without medical treatment.
The retail price on the QLav is $39.95 plus postage – but shop around online and you will find it for less. If you read all the many reviews on this product, you’ll see that just about all of the reviews are most positive by folks who purchased and used this product.
There’s not a whole lot more I can report on this product, it’s a good idea. I’m just a bit surprised there is no web site so you can purchase directly from the maker – very unusual in this day and age not to have a web site when you are selling a product – a good product. If you think about it, you really will want to add this product to your SHTF supplies. Remember, personal hygiene is extremely important.