What Hygiene Was Like For Medieval Peasants

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Although cleanliness in the Middle Ages was primitive compared to what modern people enjoy, it doesn't mean medieval hygiene didn't exist. Despite living in an era long before indoor plumbing, shampoo, and nail salons, people used the best hygiene practices they could. Unfortunately, they didn't have a lot to work with. Peasants had it especially bad and weren't often able to afford luxuries like more than one set of clothing. For the lower classes, personal hygiene in the Middle Ages meant keeping clean however you could, even if it wasn't easy.
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Oct 20, 2019




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Weird History
Weird History 28 days ago
What one item would you take back to Medieval Europe?
Zefra 47 minutes ago
The Most Slippery And Wettest Soap In The World
darth vader
darth vader 11 hours ago
@Evilpimp oh well
Katelin 12 hours ago
@Tensolin01 A little overboard dont you think? You're 25% of the freakin comments let people have fun...
Katelin 12 hours ago
@Janelle Mora That is the best comment ive seen in a while lol.
dude bro
dude bro 17 hours ago
id bring a phone so they thought i was a witch and would kill me
Musashi Miyamoto
Musashi Miyamoto 57 minutes ago
That was a looong time ago with all the crap on the streets and shit in die river. (laughs in Indian)
Cristero Warrior
Cristero Warrior 15 hours ago
Religious authorities didn’t put shame on menstruation ! Where are you getting your information From?
Eli Carraway
Eli Carraway 16 hours ago
It’s infuriating how the church, therefore society used to demonise menstruation. And of course, some cultures still do. Eff you, people - your very existence comes out of the menstrual cycle. You should be blessing it, not condemning women.
Elaini 17 hours ago
The English speaking videos often focus on the medieval Britain and whatnot, but the medieval hygiene standards were actually very different depending on the region's culture in Europe, so we can't really call the standards uniform. For example, the Vikings or Celts were often portrayed as dirty savages by their enemies or those who rewrote history in the later centuries. But in fact they were very careful about their hygiene as the archaeological evidence suggests. They were "too clean" for some cultures they encountered.
Jakedegaye 21 hour ago
Off to brush my teeth.
Itumo Day ago
People definitely weren’t having oral sex during this period.
QTee Day ago
Absolutely disgusting... talk about nasty... just so nasty
QTee Day ago
Lmaooo "uh. Whats that smell?" 🤣😂🤣
QTee Day ago
Pretty much like homeless people todeh
The Curious Monkey Elliott
Made one avoid going down on someone all together.. forget about the idea of rimming.... I’m sorry... I couldn’t resist😂🤦🏻‍♂️
Gus Buster
Gus Buster Day ago
California starting to look like this!
KJS Day ago
It’s HERB not erb my dear friend
John Adamski
John Adamski Day ago
Hot water, hot water cleans very well. I haven't used soap for about 15 years and I am cleaner than most people. I also wash my Dick, balls and ass, very important.
Karl Hanks
Karl Hanks Day ago
This seemed more like a European thing. Apparently the rest of the world were relatively MUCH more hygienic. Not saying they smelled like roses but Europe was an anomaly, even dogs and pigs are more hygienic than medieval Europeans. Aristocracy and religion seem to blame
QTee Day ago
Exactly. Positively gross.
J K 2 days ago
There has been a push in recent years to depict the medieval period in a much softer light. "It wasn't that bad" "The Dark Ages didn't exist" "Peasants were actually pretty clean" Historical revisionism is rampant today, especially on certain RUvid channels. Thank you for this historically-grounded video. Keep up the good work.
Toni Moon
Toni Moon 2 days ago
Bet the “kitty” was smelleeeee....
Cj Williams
Cj Williams 3 days ago
Make me want to wash my ass right now
Angelic Alien333
Angelic Alien333 3 days ago
1:59 "some peasents decide NOT TO WASH AT ALL" OMG EWWWWW!!!! LMAO
QTee Day ago
honey lee
honey lee 4 days ago
Other indegenous civilzations were. Much more advanced in cleanliness Europe the dark ages. their diseases took the natives out history says europeans took over with steel and diseases.
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Doctor I have a small head ache Doctor release all blood from body and take all vital organs out
Paras Naradiya
Paras Naradiya 5 days ago
At that time, india was much more ahead in hygiene ( apart from outdoor toilets), champoo was originated there along with super cheap clothes and neem brush, coal soaps, itar (perfume-for nobels), etc and in hindu tradition person cannot enter kitchen to cook without taking a bath
Jonathan Lund
Jonathan Lund 5 days ago
So while washing your clothes your garments ended up more nasty than they were before??
runbear 5 days ago
Sounds like average hundreds of californian homeless person
mohd saleem
mohd saleem 6 days ago
Nice documentary but horrible voice.
-inactive- 6 days ago
Huh and they say white people are clean :P
Eric Moulton
Eric Moulton 6 days ago
Wow! First time I've been disappointed by you guys at Weird History. I've studied history and have found all your stuff functional, factual and funny..... oh you were one of my by gone lecturers..... but this time you disappoint, you have given natural therapies, my second Masters degree, a bit of a hard wrap, admittedly, administered by fools in the cases you site but guys..... come on, before chemicals reproductions were developed thatsvwhere we had and used properly with a heathly lifestyle, I am sure you will find have great potential to rise again to replace the all too common crap we put in our bodies in the last 20 life times. How about an episode about natural therapies. But beware because as in all things there are a lot of shisters out there...... Start here ...Saint Hildegard of Bingen, who knows you may learn a thing or too along the way PS How about an episode on Alvin Toflers, Future Shock? Please Keep up the good work Eric☆
Mike Anderson
Mike Anderson 6 days ago
"I have a barber/dentist appointment" SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS EVERYBODY!!!
LK shaw Krisaan
LK shaw Krisaan 6 days ago
They sound like modern day indians lol.but atleast i thank the indians for inventing flush toilets .I don't know if indians benefits from their own invention but we Europeans and rest of the world clearly do have great benefits from your invention .
Nelson 6 days ago
I know the women I met on Match.com were pretty Med Evil in terms of smell. Need to dip that beaver and bring your ass some soap and it’s 2019!
N Garcia
N Garcia 7 days ago
We are like bonobos. Hahahahaha
Abdal Abi
Abdal Abi 7 days ago
One day future human beings will look back to us and think how garbage our time was and be pleased to not live here :)
Jason Byrne
Jason Byrne 7 days ago
How did ANYONE SURVIVE to the modern day?
Nat P
Nat P 7 days ago
Barber performing the teeth removal...oh
Seeker Aspirant
Seeker Aspirant 7 days ago
I wish I could have parasites. Stupid health making my life good.
Megan Williams
Megan Williams 7 days ago
So your telling me people used essential oils in Medeival times to cure sickness and it didn’t work? Hmm, who does that sound like today?🤔
autumn the moth
autumn the moth 7 days ago
twig tampons sound like a living nightmare
Super Doran
Super Doran 7 days ago
Was that bed from skyrim?
amit_ murmu
amit_ murmu 8 days ago
6:52 that picture have me laugh out loud.
Parabola 8 days ago
Seems like the roman lower class lived way better then the peasents in medieval times
Eric TheBlackCat
Eric TheBlackCat 8 days ago
We Are Like Bonobos
Damir Uhoda
Damir Uhoda 8 days ago
dear god what a shitty times...
Audrey McFarland
Audrey McFarland 8 days ago
ddas adfassaf
ddas adfassaf 8 days ago
That thumbnail must be how women view my tindr pics.
John Holmes
John Holmes 8 days ago
Ultraviolet 8 days ago
And still some wipe their bums with papers instead of washing with water can’t believe this....seriously shower regularly and buy perfumes
Andrea Girl
Andrea Girl 8 days ago
You should do a video about the Incas!! it would be soooo interesting
Hols -__-
Hols -__- 9 days ago
Mister Hand
Mister Hand 9 days ago
Did they wipe their asses? Were butthole burn and dingleberries deadly? Were genitals green and did they smell like amonia?
Laila August
Laila August 9 days ago
should change your channel to “weird Eurocentric history”
Hayley Chang
Hayley Chang 9 days ago
Sometimes I would like to know how I’ll cope in these times probably badly lol
Ross Isaacs
Ross Isaacs 9 days ago
Definitely wouldn't want to have oral sex in the middle ages
QTee Day ago
LOL but you know their nasty asses did anyway lmaaaoooo 🤢🤢🤮🤮🤮 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣🤣
Maria Stoyanova
Maria Stoyanova 9 days ago
I think we should stop using the term "doctor" for those Medieval pseudo-scientists who basically were as ignorant regarding sicknesses and their causes as any other person during that period. Knowing a bit about human body doesn't make them doctors as they were absolutely into the dark and couldn't help with most diseases. I assume most elders and people with knowledge about herbs and their medical uses were actually more useful in treating diseases
miguel murillo
miguel murillo 9 days ago
it was primitive compared to a lot of the civilizations they conquered too. Just saying...
QTee Day ago
But they did so by using the very disease they were plagued with.
Latrissa Fleming Coles
Omg tf putting a sick up there A hole
Samantha Batt
Samantha Batt 10 days ago
Delousing parties 😂🐜
fredo corleone
fredo corleone 10 days ago
See ? White people are dirty fucks. Europeans go months without showering
Today in the modern world, we’re all living like kings and princes. But there’s still spoiled brats.
goober pea
goober pea 10 days ago
Women didnt have many periods bc once they did, they would be impregnated. Over & over & died
Bug lover Spider lover
Bred to death.
Anna Cohen
Anna Cohen 10 days ago
*me and my girls in medevil times* aye u got a tampon naw dude just break one off that tree
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