Medieval Hygiene Practices That Will Make You Nauseous

Oct 1, 2015 at 5:31 pm |
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Dove and Trident Haven’t Always Been Around to Save Us From Ourselves

Could you imagine going without a shower for a few days, let alone months, or even a year? We love feeling zesty, clean and totally fresh so it’s difficult for most of us to leave the house without feeling properly pampered, lotioned and dressed (in machine washed undies), but the people of the Middle Ages weren’t so lucky. When you live on a dirt floor, under a thatched roof, amidst human feces flowing in the streets feeling “clean” was a privilege, and even the rich rarely changed their clothes.

Before the advent of modern toilets, chemicals, plumbing, electricity, etc, humans had to go about taking care of themselves in some pretty strange, and uniquely disgusting ways when it came to dealing with their personal hygiene.

Here are some of the most nauseating practices we found in our history books. Plug your nose and take a peek.

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medieval bloodletting

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Using urine to wash your face wash isn’t as nearly as bad as #20.

These hygienic practices will gross you out...
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