To be a bit [hmm] as to why a bottle of dettol has instructions on how to douche?

(86 Posts)
rainydaysarebad Fri 03-Aug-12 12:03:20

Bought a bottle to treat cuts and scratches and found instructions on how much to mix with water to douche with. It is widely known that douching is bad for you, and messes with the pH of your vagina. Wth would a bottle of dettol give you instructions to do it? I mean I dont see how shoving dettol up there would treat you for any problems. Isn't it a bit irresponsible isn't it? Or maybe not? Intrigued.

GetOrfMoiRing Fri 03-Aug-12 12:05:44

Christ why would you put it up there?


rainydaysarebad Fri 03-Aug-12 12:07:32

I don't know GetOrf! That's why I was a bit hmm. Maybe it's a secret thing many women do? I don't know!

JumpingThroughHoops Fri 03-Aug-12 12:10:16

I feel the need to share with you!

The practice of douching is now largely restricted to the United States, where douching equipment is often available in pharmacies. A 1995 survey quoted in the University of Rochester study found that 27% of U.S. women age 15 to 44 douched regularly, but that douching was more common among African-American women (over 50%) than among white women (21%).[3]


Vaginal douches may consist of water, water mixed with vinegar, or even antiseptic chemicals

rainydaysarebad Fri 03-Aug-12 12:16:22

Thanks jumping. I wonder why women would want to clean themselves up there and why would such a big company continue to write instructions on the bottle.

AmberLeaf Fri 03-Aug-12 12:19:44

Was it a foreign bottle? I've never noticed that before!

I love Dettol. I used to be partial to 2 capfuls in my bath but I've never squirted it up there!

PeshwariNaan Fri 03-Aug-12 12:23:20

Women between the world wars used to douche with Lysol/ Dettol as a contraceptive method. The habit hung on too long after proper contraception was invented.

Can someone please explain douchibg? Do you just put it on a flannel and sort of push it up?
I too like dettol but thats making my eyes water. What do they think it achieves?

Halbanoo Fri 03-Aug-12 12:28:20

Calling bull on those statistics re: douching in the US.

American here and I don't know of anyone who douches anymore. I suspect it's a bit "old school" and probably something only women of a certain generation do anymore (if their gynos haven't told them otherwise...)

I remember my mother buying the kits when I was a child (I was always rummaging through the bathroom cupboards...) The boxed kit had a bottle with some florally decor, woman looking pensive, and a bottle that had a vinegar solution that you somehow squeezed northward...and it would somehow drizzle out, I suppose.

rainydaysarebad Fri 03-Aug-12 12:29:16

Don't think it is a foreign bottle. Dh got it from our local Co-Op.

I'm not sure how women douche, but I think they squirt stuff up there and use a brush (might be wrong).

somedayma Fri 03-Aug-12 12:33:54

a brush?! grin

somedayma Fri 03-Aug-12 12:34:36

oh that was supposed to be a shocked face. I definitely wouldn't grin at the thought of brushing my hoo ha

MardySkimpyBeachVolleyballBra Fri 03-Aug-12 12:38:03

I've noticed DD's teenage friends using "douche" and "douchebag" as an insult on Facebook. Bloody americanisms. I should defriend them. They only want me because FB is a numbers game/popularity contest, I'm sure.

squoosh Fri 03-Aug-12 12:38:04

I remember reading once (in Marie Claire I think) that douching with Dettol is common practice in some African countries as a dry vagina is seen as more desirable by men. Creates more friction during sex or something.. I think.

Sounds horrific.

Alaro Fri 03-Aug-12 12:40:35

squoosh OOWWWWWW shock

MardySkimpyBeachVolleyballBra Fri 03-Aug-12 12:41:19

Amber You put it in your bath? <shudders> I hate the smell of Dettol. It always reminds me of when I was sick as a child and my mum used to use it to disinfect the loo/bucket afterwards.

Not a brush I don't think.
I remember many (20+) years ago reading a book by Britt Ekland and she advocating using a douche (but not with Dettol) after AF and after sex.

Seems quite common practise on the continent.

There was a photo- seemed like a mahoosive syringe thing with a plunger and a tube.

<<mind now boggling>>

FalseStartered Fri 03-Aug-12 12:48:42

<winces at brushing vagina>

like a chimney sweep for fannies?

JumpingThroughHoops Fri 03-Aug-12 12:50:57

A douche is like a ball with a tube, similar to a blood pressure squeezy thing. fill it up, squirt it up.

Originally it was used to erm clean out menstrual blood hmm

oldraver Fri 03-Aug-12 13:00:20

A brush shock I've got visions of one of those small mop head-a-like things you used to get for dishwashing

"a dry vagina is seen as more desirable by men. Creates more friction during sex "
wonder what's in it for the woman hmm

clean out menstrual blood? Mine falls out nicely on its very own.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 03-Aug-12 13:03:18

Isn't it just like an enema for your vag? and just as pointless/potentially harmful

I have done it as a teen after AF as I felt unclean. blush I used the shower though and took shower attatchment off so it was just the hose...

Have also bum douched after being ill. blush

It'sAll Yes, you are correct.

Subarashii Fri 03-Aug-12 13:07:25

Snuck at "woman looking pensive" grin

Subarashii Fri 03-Aug-12 13:07:49

Snuck? Snurk, obviously.

rainydaysarebad Fri 03-Aug-12 13:12:32

Ok just had another look and it says "if medically advised". Dont know why a doctor would advise douching. Still wincing at the thought of dettol up the vagina...especially after child birth and tearing. < shudders >

AmberLeaf Fri 03-Aug-12 13:19:09

Yeah a litle bit in the bath is nice! It smells like jelly babies.

wineandroses Fri 03-Aug-12 13:36:48

What's AF?

oopsCENSOREDagain Fri 03-Aug-12 13:53:20

I'm going to confess I have used a douche. One of the American ones in the pretty floral box. I lived there, and saw all these things on the shelves in the pharmacy, and people buying them, and I was absolutely intrigued.

It's a squeezy bottle full of water/vinegar solution, and a long nozzle with holes all along its length. You shove the nozzle up your foof and squeeze the bottle, and the vinegar solution dribbles out of the holes, dribbles out of your foof, and dribbles down over your hands, your legs, your feet, and the bathroom floor. Apparently you should do it in the shower or over the loo; for some reason I assumed the solution would 'stay up there' until you went to the loo. It doesn't. blush

My foof wasn't noticeable cleaner, but the bathroom floor was after I'd scrubbed it clean of used douche solution. <boak>

That night I asked DH if he noticed any difference during sex. He said no, but had a sudden craving for chips afterwards...


oopsCENSOREDagain Fri 03-Aug-12 14:03:33

wine AF = Aunt Flo, your monthly 'visitor' [wink}

wineandroses Fri 03-Aug-12 14:09:21

Thanks oops, now I understand. And grin at your husband's craving for chips!

somedayma Fri 03-Aug-12 14:38:52

I was trying to work out the same thing wine

valiumredhead Fri 03-Aug-12 14:56:16

Amber my dh does the same! Was stunned when I first met him and saw him run a bath shock

AmberLeaf Fri 03-Aug-12 15:00:51

It really is refreshing Valiumredhead!

Have you ever tried?

valiumredhead Fri 03-Aug-12 15:01:59

No, I cherish my natural fanny juices and don't wish to upset them grin

PeshwariNaan Fri 03-Aug-12 15:28:29

From the Science Museum:

'Vaginal douches were a contraceptive measure involving the flushing of the woman's vagina after sexual intercourse.'

I imagine in less privileged parts of the world women still douche as a means of contraception in the absence of others.

valiumredhead Fri 03-Aug-12 15:29:50

Common insult in the US - 'You douchebag.'

rainonmyparade Fri 03-Aug-12 15:37:31

oops gringringrin at craving for chips.

rainydaysarebad Fri 03-Aug-12 15:48:49

grin at craving chips.

So is it malt vinegar or white vinegar they use for douche cleaner? I descale my kettle with white vinegar.

PicaK Fri 03-Aug-12 15:52:13

the chips thing is hilarious

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 03-Aug-12 15:55:01


Why would anyone want to do that to themselves?.

oopsCENSOREDagain Fri 03-Aug-12 15:59:28

I assume it's white vinegar - the douche itself is completely colourless.

Badvoc Fri 03-Aug-12 16:01:37

Wasnt it also used as a very ineffective contraceptive?
(remembers scene from the forsyte saga with poor irene douching herself after soames did his business...)

spongebrainfatpants Fri 03-Aug-12 16:02:13

Thrush alert.

LadyAlex Fri 03-Aug-12 16:03:38

I understand that people who have had surgery toan artifical vagina, i.e transgender operations need to douch becuase effectivley the 'vagina' is just a pocket of skin that gets sweaty and manky and therefore prone to infections. It has no natural method of cleansing itself like a natural vagina because it is just external skin and so it must be cleaned and lubrictated manually using a douche and the lubricant is in a little individual tube/pipette like frontline for cats and dogs!

I guess dettol would be suitable for this douching purpose?

God knows how I know this.... I am all woman!

MarysBeard Fri 03-Aug-12 16:03:40

Imagine how much vinegar would sting after sex! shock

rainydaysarebad Fri 03-Aug-12 16:07:58

grin your name would suggest otherwise ladyalex, but we believe you!

LadyAlex Fri 03-Aug-12 16:17:04

Ah yes... that doesn't look good does it! It is a play on my surname in RL and that fact that my in laws think i'm posh when actually i am not, they are just sceffy!

Schnarkle Fri 03-Aug-12 16:19:48

fgs be careful using a shower to douche anywhere. You could cause serious damage to yourself.

Itsgottabebags Fri 03-Aug-12 16:27:01

I remember watching some show that showed a commercial for douching ( it was American) it was vvv funny!

SilveryMoon Fri 03-Aug-12 16:33:59

This thread is hilarious! grin
Needed a good giggle.

um, not sure if this has already been said but douching doesn't necessarily mean a vaginal douche.


still not sure why you'd want to douche any part of you with dettol mind you

Spuddybean Fri 03-Aug-12 16:43:59

i never even realised you put dettol on cuts and stuff. i thought it was for cleaning the toilet!

rainydaysarebad Fri 03-Aug-12 17:07:27

That's an interesting definition. So in theory you could douche your ear holes or nostrils. Or belly button. I think the bum hole's already been covered upthread.

yeah pretty much!

like i say, i'm not entirely sure why you would want to though confused

it's a bit like when I bought some Milton to clean the bath toys and found it had instructions for washing your fruit and veg on it

rainydaysarebad Fri 03-Aug-12 17:14:32

Wth?! confused
That Reminds me if of that episode of Friends when chandler nearly washes the cranberries with soap!

I wonder who these people are who sterilise vegetables!

headfairy Fri 03-Aug-12 17:17:50

the word douche makes me want to rip off my ears... horrible coy faux French word.

Must have been a crap contraceptive. Aren't the little swimmers pretty far up seconds after ejaculation? Unless you were super fast with the little hose thingy. Had it on standby by the bed how romantic

There was a woman on embarrasing illnesses who was addicted to anal douching with coffee!! shock

MarysBeard Fri 03-Aug-12 17:24:55

Douche means shower in French. That's what I always think of when I hear the word.

rainydaysarebad Fri 03-Aug-12 17:26:16

shock! Omgoodness! What like drinking coffee whilst douching? Or actually douching with nescafé? Holy poo.

NarkedRaspberry Fri 03-Aug-12 17:26:24

On Boardwalk Empire (Set in 1920s America) a woman uses Lysol to douche after sex on the advice of a family planning leaflet.

oh i've heard of that, it's quite common apparently. gives you a bit of a buzz cos the caffeine gets into the bloodstream or something like that...

NarkedRaspberry Fri 03-Aug-12 17:32:44

Actually douching with coffee...

squoosh Fri 03-Aug-12 17:55:11

I saw that coffee woman Schrodinger! They did a helpful demo of her stretched across her bathroom floor, hose up bum , filling herself with instant coffee.

Of all the fun things in the world to get addicted to and she picks flooding her bum with Nescafé.

Yep, I remember that bit! Why anyone would go on television and sqoosh coffee up their arse I have no idea.

fortyeighthourdancemarathon Fri 03-Aug-12 18:16:55

I'm reading a book at the moment where someone douches to cause a miscarriage and dies due to an air bubble getting into their bloodstream. Not with dettol though, with shampoo.

The phrase 'use a brush' has had me in stitches for about 20 mins, I am imagining a woman leg up on the bath furiously scrubbing her fanjo with a toothbrush.

Tears a falling out my eyeballs. grin

FrothyOM Fri 03-Aug-12 18:27:32

I'm laughing so hard about the chips and the bum douching that my bf asked me if I'm reading rude threads on mumsnet again.

SilkySmith Fri 03-Aug-12 18:32:54

when I was growing up lots of people used detol as bubble bath - way to mess up your normal skin flora!

rainydaysarebad Fri 03-Aug-12 18:49:55

Of all the fun things in the world to get addicted to and she picks flooding her bum with Nescafé


I'm just thinking how the hell did she come up with that? Was she sitting drinking a cup of coffee one day and thought:
"I wonder if this will taste just as good if I shove it up my arsehole?"

And she washed all the equipment in her dishwasher after it had been up her bum. The front of her dishwasher was all stained in brown liquid. I hope it was coffee and not liquid poo.

rainydaysarebad Fri 03-Aug-12 19:01:47

Eurgh. I wonder if she got paid to divulge her anal antics. Why on earth would anyone share that kind of information on national TV just for the hell of it? If I was her friend, I would NEVER eat at her house again.

worriedwretch Fri 03-Aug-12 19:07:52

Tbh I think it's Nescafé calling ....

FrothyOM Fri 03-Aug-12 19:10:15

Ew that's put me off coffee. Please don't tell me there's such a thing as a chocolate enema...

I have heard of people having wine enemas but not chocolate.

kotinka Fri 03-Aug-12 19:28:32

I think a douche is a bit like a turkey baster thingy.

I once did the dettol up the hooter thing when I was 16, a condom had just broken & I was paranoid about getting pregnant, the clinic wasn't open til the monday. It was a bit burny!

DoubleLifeIsALifeHalved Fri 03-Aug-12 19:42:05

Argh wince! Am finding my pelvic floor muscles working well in response to 'brushing', owwwww!

Went to bathroom, read dettol bottle & mine says it too!!!

AmberLeaf Fri 03-Aug-12 19:52:06

@Valiumreadhead. I put it in my bathwater only! No douching involved.

lovebunny Fri 03-Aug-12 20:57:01

applying toothpaste allegedly dries the vagina providing friction during sex. wouldn't know, but that's what they say.

anyway, back to dettol. i love the smell. i used to put some in the bath - as recommended on the bottle in those days (thirty years ago). i got heavy handed with the 'splash of dettol' and caused myself a great deal of trouble, becoming subject to infection after infection until i realised i was killing off all my body's natural defences. dettol is great for kitchen surfaces but keep it off your parts!

My first child is 26, it was still recomended then, to have a bottle of dettol in for post delivery care.

I can remember the marketing for it saying that it was suitable for 'all of a new mum's needs' and keeping both mum and baby well.

Chunkychicken Fri 03-Aug-12 23:27:22

I have literally almost PMSL at quite a lot of this thread - although to be fair, I'm 24wks pg, so the pelvic floor isn't quite what it should be, but still, its so funny!!

Of course, friction/infections/douching in general are not laughing matters, it surely makes it all a bit messy... grin

rainydaysarebad Sat 04-Aug-12 07:08:30

Toothpaste? I'm currently using the Colgate ice cold tube with those little square particles in the paste. Nice.

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