There’s a pretty good chance that you brush your teeth, wash your hands, bathe, and apply some type of scent and deodorant every day. These practices tend to be a pretty effective way to maintain your personal hygiene and not offend those around you as you go about your daily life.
Not only is personal hygiene crucial to keep you smelling your best, but cleanliness also has extensive health benefits. Studies show that with proper and regular hand-washing alone, over a million deaths could be prevented each year.
It makes sense that those who came thousands of years before you would have different standards and practices for making sure they stay fresh and clean. While it’s easy to imagine just how different personal hygiene standards were before the invention of toilet paper, there are many personal hygiene practices and facts from around the world that will still surprise you.
Next time you’re loading your toothbrush up with toothpaste, or shampooing your hair, consider your life without those products and practices. A look back in history and around the world is a quick way to remind you to stop and smell the roses, or, in this case, the armpit. If you’ve ever taken your routine hygiene practices for granted, you definitely won’t once you read about how other people stay clean. While many of these methods may seem bizarre compared to the hygienic habits you’re used to, these practices used to be, and in some cases still are sworn by those who use them.
10 Using Lysol as a Feminine Hygiene Product
9 The Human Bidet
8 Placenta Facial
7 Growing One Loooong Pinky Nail
6 Whitening Teeth with Urine
5 Oil Pulling
4 Lobster Cologne
3 Beer Shampoo
2 Ghee Eyewash
Gwyneth Paltrow has garnered a lot of attention for the alternative health and hygiene methods she encourages, and the Mugwort V-Steam meant to cleanse the body, among other things, is no exception. Paltrow explains just how a V-Steam works on her lifestyle blog, Goop: “You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al. It is an energetic release—not just a steam douche—that balances female hormone levels.” Not only do doctors not recommend this, but some also say it can also be quite harmful to your lady-parts and cause infections or even miscarriage. There’s an intimate steaming practice for men too, called the A-steam, and you can probably imagine what that does.
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