21 Nasty Medieval Practices That'll Make You SO Happy That You Weren't Alive Then

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.

Let’s just say that our medieval ancestors didn’t exactly set the bar high when it came to cleanliness.

1. In medieval times, when someone was too lazy to get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, they would go #1 or #2 in a chamber pot that they stored underneath their bed.

2. And when it came time to empty the pot, the waste was thrown into a giant hole in the backyard.

3. 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.

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

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

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6. And speaking of these outfits, most of them were made of wool, making them incredibly difficult to clean.