The ancient Greeks and Romans had advanced plumbing methods and made the rituals of bathing a true luxury. These ideas and advancements were brought to a halt in Medieval times when the early Christians believed that bathing had deleterious effects. As the plague spread throughout Europe in The Middle Ages, so did the idea that bathing actually encouraged disease.
“The best policy was to plug the pores with dirt. For the next six hundred years most people didn’t wash or even get wet, if they could help it—.” Bill Bryson, At Home; A Short History of Private Life
So eventually we said, “That does it, Calgon take me away….”1980 Calgon bath soap commercial
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