Derreck Kayongo collected barely-used bars of soap from hotels, melted them together, and distributed them to poor countries. He’s the founder of the Global Soap Project, which improves access to basic sanitation and reduces disease and child mortality.
Millenials are responsible for the decline in the bar soap industry. They prefer liquid soap because bar soap is deemed “dirty” and for old people.
People in the Mongolian Empire did not believe in washing themselves or their clothes, wearing the same clothes until they literally rotted off.
The practice of daily shampooing wasn’t a norm in the US until the 1970s and 1980s.
In ancient Rome, after a person pooped, a communal sponge was used to wipe. The sponge was then rinsed in a bucket of salt water before being used by the next person.
Menstrual pads have been mentioned as early as the 10th century, in the Suda, where Hypatia, who lived in the 4th century AD, was said to have thrown one of her used menstrual rags at an admirer in an attempt to discourage him.
Steve Jobs was really unhygienic: he thought that by eating only fruit the need to shower was eliminated, so he stopped showering. When he worked for Atari, his boss assigned him the night shift so that he wouldn’t need to interact with other people.
Aztecs took two showers a day and used flowers as soap and cleaned their mouth with them as well. The Spaniards at the time avoided water because it was thought water on your skin made you more susceptible to the plague and they used urine to clean their mouths and teeth.
Cellphones are 10 times dirtier than toilet seats.
Scientists think there is a link between our improved sanitary habits and the increase in allergies and auto-immune disorders because our immune systems are looking for something to fight.