Grossest Hygiene Products Of All Time

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While we hold our hygiene in high regard today, that doesn't mean our ancestors didn't feel the same. While they had the same ambition, that doesn't mean they had the same convenience we have. In fact, they went to some odd -- and even disgusting -- distances to keep clean with some wild products, a few which can be seen below.

Chamber Pots

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When nature would call in the past, people used to keep something called a chamber pot under their beds, according to Little Things. They would do their business into the pot and empty it at a later date.

Groom of the King's Close Stool

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One assistant provided to kings was something called the "Groom of the King's Close Stool." The responsibility would carry around hygienic products to assist the royal in defecating, which includes wiping their backside. Meanwhile, peasants at the time were forced to resort to leaves to clean their business.



A common cure in the past was bloodletting. This meant that someone with an illness such as a cold would have a leech placed on them in order to solve their issue, with the only alternative being a knife. While not the all-encompassing cure it once was, leeches are still used today, as reported by Healthline.

Moss Tampons

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Tampons in medieval times were quite different than they are today. Due to inaccessibility, women were forced to make do with what was available, which means that tampons at the time were made of old cloth wrapped around absorbant moss.


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A common face wash for women used to be urine, due to its antiseptic abilities. While it sounds disgusting, urine is still recommended as a cure for acne.