Obviously, there were no modern-day toilets back in the Middle Ages, so where the heck did people use the bathroom? Rich people had the privilege of having privies, which were basically medieval outhouses. However, if you had to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, you’d probably go in a chamber pot kept under your bed.
And what did poor people do? Let’s just say, they had to go wherever they could find a place outdoors.
If you think dealing with periods sucks now, just wait til you learn what women did back in the Middle Ages: since tampons weren’t a thing yet, they’d grab whatever rags they had lying around to soak up the blood, or even use moss!
If you were thinking that people in the Middle Ages had dentists to do their teeth-pulling, think again! Often times, the barber would pull teeth, along with performing minor surgeries. That’s quite the job description…
The nosegay was kind of like a medieval deodorant, in a sense. Since people didn’t really, you know, shower, they needed some way to not smell like absolute death. The nosegay was a little bundle of flowers or herbs pinned to one’s clothing.
If you were a regular person who occasionally spilled things on your clothes (that you only washed once every three months), then unfortunately you were probably subjected to the medieval “stain remover,” which often comprised of terrible substances including lye, crushed green grapes, chicken feathers or urine.
We’re betting here that you’ll never take your daily showers or clean water for granted again after reading this. In fact, you’re probably jumping in the shower right now because you feel so disgusted!