The Discovery Of Personal Hygiene

The Discovery Of Personal Hygiene



Personal hygiene was rediscovered only in​ the late 19th century, having been popular in​ ancient Greece and​ Rome almost two thousand​ years before.

Water was considered by the sophisticates - perhaps justly - to​ be the carrier of​ disease. Bathing in​ water was a​ hazardous exercise. Royalty used milk instead. Others were confined to​ wet towels or​ to​ splashing water from basins on​ one's face and​ armpits. The great unwashed utilized public baths, built throughout Europe between the 12th and​ 17th centuries.

Consider the Spanish Queen Isabella of​ Castile, of​ Christopher Columbus fame. She boasted that she had only two baths in​ her life - at​ birth and​ prior to​ her wedding. But not all royals were so unhygienic. The flushing toilet was the preserve of​ Queen Elizabeth I. it​ was invented for​ her in​ 1596 by Sir John Harrington, her godson.

New York entrepreneur Joseph C. Gayetty manufactured in​ 1857 the first pre-moistened bathroom tissues, each embossed with his name. Aptly named British plumber Thomas Crapper redesigned the modern toilet and​ received a​ series of​ related patents between 1861-1904. The Kleenex tissue was not introduced until 1920 and​ the pop-up box only nine years later.

Prior to​ the invention​ of​ the toilet paper in​ 1890 by the Scott Paper Company, people used an​ assortment of​ objects to​ wipe clean - most often leaves and​ corncobs. French royals employed lace, hardy Vikings - wool, Romans resorted to​ the sponge. The Chinese, ahead of​ the times in​ 1391, were the first to​ use paper sheets.




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