13 Nasty Medieval Practices For You To Be Grateful For The Life You’re Living Today

Warning: This article isn’t for germophobes.

It should come as no surprise that keeping clean and practicing good hygiene has come a long way over the years. Today there are a ton of cleaning products, washing machines, disinfectant wipes, and other products on the market to help us keep our daily lives squeaky clean.

However, we can’t be perfect all the time. Every once in a while, I slack off and forget to change my sheets or put off doing the laundry ’til the weekend. These little oversights sometimes make me feel like I’m swimming in a pool of filth, but they don’t even compare to some unhygienic practices of the past.

1. Peasants didn’t have the luxury of quilted toilet paper, so they used leaves instead.

Peasants didn’t have the luxury of quilted toilet paper, so they used leaves instead.

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2. Most medieval people only had four sets of clothing, one outfit for each season.

Most medieval people only had four sets of clothing, one outfit for each season.

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3. Instead of washing their wool clothes, they would use brushes to try to remove dirt and smells.

Instead of washing their wool clothes, they would use brushes to try to remove dirt and smells.

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4. People attempted to treat their mental illnesses by taking a bath in urine.

People attempted to treat their mental illnesses by taking a bath in urine.

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5. When mixed with lye, urine was also used to wash clothes.

When mixed with lye, urine was also used to wash clothes.

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6. Unless you were rich, you bathed in public bathhouses in the same water as countless other people.

Unless you were rich, you bathed in public bathhouses in the same water as countless other people.

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7. It was also widely believed that taking a bath in the summer should be avoided at all costs.

It was also widely believed that taking a bath in the summer should be avoided at all costs.

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8. Eagle poop was used to ease a woman’s pain during childbirth.

Eagle poop was used to ease a woman's pain during childbirth.

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9. There were no pads or tampons in medieval times. Women used patches of moss.

There were no pads or tampons in medieval times. Women used patches of moss.

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10. If you fell ill, a leech would feed on you. They were believed to rid your body of toxins.

If you fell ill, a leech would feed on you. They were believed to rid your body of toxins.

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11. Surgical tools weren’t sterilized, meaning that the germs of patients before you were still on the instruments being used to help save your life.

Surgical tools weren't sterilized, meaning that the germs of patients before you were still on the instruments being used to help save your life.

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12. Novocain wasn’t around yet, so getting a tooth pulled (which was done by your local barber) was a less-than-pleasant experience.

Novocain wasn't around yet, so getting a tooth pulled (which was done by your local barber) was a less-than-pleasant experience.

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13.And last but not least, i mean the top of ignorance :  A “groom of the king’s close stool” was a person who wiped the king’s rear end, and they were actually highly esteemed for having the opportunity to do so.