What Hygiene Was Like For Medieval Peasants

  • Published on Oct 20, 2019
  • 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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  • Weird History
    Weird History  Month ago +426

    What one item would you take back to Medieval Europe?

    • Edward Pate
      Edward Pate 8 hours ago

      The Wenches!

    • Ab Mo
      Ab Mo 9 hours ago

      Wikipedia.... So I can invent alot of stuff

    • Evaristo Fernandez
      Evaristo Fernandez Day ago

      Weird History Peniciline

    • Zefra
      Zefra Day ago

      The Most Slippery And Wettest Soap In The World

    • darth vader
      darth vader 2 days ago

      @Evilpimp oh well

  • Andrew Mihalik
    Andrew Mihalik 3 hours ago

    Wow. I haven't yet looked (I just subscribed), but I'd like more videos on any and all Medieval topics.

  • richard nitsch
    richard nitsch 6 hours ago

    Nice to see Mark Hamill in the thumbnail.

  • TaNiesha Dhan'a
    TaNiesha Dhan'a 10 hours ago


  • Princess flower The real gamer

    Why didn't they just wash their bodys with lemon, and put some garlic behind their ears to keep the lice from their hair.

  • ChocoBabiChan
    ChocoBabiChan 18 hours ago

    And yet, they referred to brown people living in the bush as uncivilized heathens. At least those "heathens" were disease free and hygienic.

  • Flor Loya
    Flor Loya 22 hours ago

    Is this where they got the term "cesse pool" from

  • Flor Loya
    Flor Loya 22 hours ago

    Bench with a poo hole


    This is channel is fucking stereotype!

  • morlockmeat
    morlockmeat Day ago

    How the heck did we survive?!?

  • forgetfulfunctor1

    Medieval European peasants. Rest of the world ain't like yall filthy Europeans

  • Ashley Smith
    Ashley Smith Day ago

    No deodorant no thanks no dove or dial soap or shampoo no thanks.

  • Musashi Miyamoto

    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 2 days ago

    Religious authorities didn’t put shame on menstruation ! Where are you getting your information From?

  • Eli Carraway
    Eli Carraway 2 days 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
    Elaini 2 days 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
    Jakedegaye 2 days ago

    Off to brush my teeth.

  • Itumo
    Itumo 2 days ago +7

    People definitely weren’t having oral sex during this period.

  • QTee
    QTee 2 days ago

    Absolutely disgusting... talk about nasty... just so nasty

  • QTee
    QTee 2 days ago

    Lmaooo "uh. Whats that smell?" 🤣😂🤣

  • QTee
    QTee 2 days 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 3 days ago +1

    California starting to look like this!

  • KJS
    KJS 3 days ago

    It’s HERB not erb my dear friend

  • John Adamski
    John Adamski 3 days 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 3 days ago +1

    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
      QTee 2 days ago

      Exactly. Positively gross.

  • J K
    J K 3 days ago +3

    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 TheXvid channels. Thank you for this historically-grounded video. Keep up the good work.

  • Toni Moon
    Toni Moon 3 days ago

    Bet the “kitty” was smelleeeee....

  • Cj Williams
    Cj Williams 5 days ago

    Make me want to wash my ass right now

  • Angelic Alien333
    Angelic Alien333 5 days ago

    1:59 "some peasents decide NOT TO WASH AT ALL" OMG EWWWWW!!!! LMAO

    • QTee
      QTee 2 days ago


  • honey lee
    honey lee 6 days ago +1

    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 release all blood from body and take all vital organs out

  • Paras Naradiya
    Paras Naradiya 6 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 6 days ago

    So while washing your clothes your garments ended up more nasty than they were before??

  • runbear
    runbear 7 days ago

    Sounds like average hundreds of californian homeless person

  • mohd saleem
    mohd saleem 7 days ago

    Nice documentary but horrible voice.

  • -inactive-
    -inactive- 7 days ago

    Huh and they say white people are clean :P

  • Eric Moulton
    Eric Moulton 7 days ago

    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
    How about an episode on Alvin Toflers, Future Shock?
    Keep up the good work

  • Mike Anderson
    Mike Anderson 7 days ago +2

    "I have a barber/dentist appointment"

  • LK shaw Krisaan
    LK shaw Krisaan 8 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
    Nelson 8 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 8 days ago

    We are like bonobos. Hahahahaha

  • Abdal Abi
    Abdal Abi 8 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 8 days ago

    How did ANYONE SURVIVE to the modern day?

  • Nat P
    Nat P 9 days ago

    Barber performing the teeth removal...oh

  • Seeker Aspirant
    Seeker Aspirant 9 days ago

    I wish I could have parasites. Stupid health making my life good.

  • Megan Williams
    Megan Williams 9 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 9 days ago +2

    twig tampons sound like a living nightmare

  • Super Doran
    Super Doran 9 days ago

    Was that bed from skyrim?

  • amit_ murmu
    amit_ murmu 9 days ago

    6:52 that picture have me laugh out loud.

  • Parabola
    Parabola 9 days ago +1

    Seems like the roman lower class lived way better then the peasents in medieval times

  • Eric TheBlackCat
    Eric TheBlackCat 9 days ago

    We Are Like Bonobos

  • Damir Uhoda
    Damir Uhoda 9 days ago

    dear god what a shitty times...

  • Audrey McFarland
    Audrey McFarland 10 days ago


  • ddas adfassaf
    ddas adfassaf 10 days ago

    That thumbnail must be how women view my tindr pics.

  • John Holmes
    John Holmes 10 days ago


  • Ultraviolet
    Ultraviolet 10 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 10 days ago

    You should do a video about the Incas!! it would be soooo interesting

  • Hols -__-
    Hols -__- 10 days ago

    UH OH

  • Mister Hand
    Mister Hand 10 days ago

    Did they wipe their asses? Were butthole burn and dingleberries deadly? Were genitals green and did they smell like amonia?