She scoured the world to uncover the history of bathing, and she found out that we clean-freak, bathe-every-day Americans are the squeakiest, soapiest people on earth.
Here are some fun, interesting facts about the hygiene habits of our forefathers from The Dirt on Clean:
- The accumulated sweat, dirt and oil that a famous athlete or gladiator scraped off himself was sold to fans in small vials. Roman women reportedly used it as a face cream.
- Medieval Christians proved their holiness by not washing. A monk came upon a hermit in the desert and rejoiced that he "smelt the good odour of that brother from a mile away."
- The ancient Egyptians went to great lengths to be clean, but both sexes anointed their genitals with perfumes designed to deepen and exaggerate their natural aroma.
Do you bathe every single day? How much of a clean freak are you?