It’s been a long time since I wanted to write about the hose that exists next to each Finnish toilet. Something like this:
A strange apparatus to have in a bathroom: A hose.
The first time I arrived in Finland, many years ago, I was suprised by this strange apparatus. I didn’t have time to test it this first day, to find out what was it for, and I ignored it on the following days, but always with a veiled suspicion: I was afraid to know.
And, after testing it, I still have my doubts.
There are several theories of its use. From it being the substitute of the bidet, to its use as a tool for an easy bathroom cleaning operation (this one is mine and I’d like to think it is used for that).
Threatening the WC
As I said I use it mainly for cleaning the entire bathroom. The after-shaving operation leaves the sink clean, and the floors are clean in an instant thanks to this hose or showerhead. You can also clean the toilet with it, but let’s not get into details here.
All the power in your hands
If you want to activate this Finnish WC shower or hose, you have to open the water from the sink and press the button that the hose has: The water stream starts coming out of the hose with good water pressure. Personally I think the button-activated mechanism supports everyone elses’ theory of the toilet shower as a substitute of the bidet, but I prefer not to adopt this version.
I have seen this hose not only in private toilets – at friends’ houses – but also next to toilets in bars, restaurants, transport stations, and other places, although not in each and every one of them.
What’s your experience with the Finnish toilet hose? It is definitely one of the things that surprise foreigners in Finland. Its use, if you want to know for sure, is this one  and I will keep ignoring it.