Poor. People did not bathe regularly. Poor people only bathed like....once a year. AND the whole family used the same bath water. Dad would wash first, then mom, then the kids. Babies went last. That where the saying "don't throw the baby out with the bath water" came from.
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ew just the thought of it makes me gag..i bet they had halitosis to the max..yuck mouths..pits smelling like a** and especially those gone with the wind dresses...in the blistering hot sun..gross just the thought makes me faint from the funk i can still smell it..i bet they smelled like Smeigle
300 years ago sanitation was unheard of. If there were sewers they often ran open in the streets and emptied into streams that were used for drinking water. During wars, doctors went from patient to patient without cleaning their very crude surgical interments, let alone their hands. The dead were piled in the streets, festering with more disease.
Their personal hygiene lacked considerably. It was not uncommon for a whole family to use the same bath water, when they did take a bath. Keep in mind it was very cold in the north and to heat enough water to bathe in was not an easy take. The well may have been dug below the privy or below the pasture and run-off contained all kinds of bacteria.
That's just a little...not room to do into much on here
It was pretty poor--bathing was a long, drawn out affair. After all, the water had to be drawn up from the well and heated over the fire before bathing. As another poster said, Pa came first, then Ma, then kids, then baby. And soap was pretty rough stuff, made from tallow and lye. Tooth-brushing was almost non-existent, so it wasn't unusual for people to need whole sets of dentures (carved from wood, unless you were wealthy) by their 20s. Of course, the toilet was an outhouse, again, unless you were wealthy. So to be frank, I'm glad I live in the 2000s.