20 Reasons Why You Would Not Have Kissed Shakespeare (Or Anyone Else In The Middle Ages)
Ceruse was used as make-up by both men and women. It gave them the smooth, pale look everyone desired back then. Unfortunately, it contained lead and seeped through skin which caused poisoning.
#6. Most people carried nose-gays.
Carrying a small bouquet of flowers or sachet of dried flowers was common. These were called nose-gays and kept the smells at bay while walking through large crowds of stinky people.
#7. Ashes and urine for laundry.
People used lye made from ashes and urine to clean their clothes. These were good degreasing agents and helped to remove stains.
#8. There weren't toilets.
Poor people didn’t have toilets. They just relieved themselves wherever they could and buried the waste.
In Tudor houses, toilets were a slab of wood with a hole carved on the top over a bowl. Builders set the toilet into a recess area called a garderobe.
In castles, a piece of wood covered a hole in the floor and took the waste straight into the moat.
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