- Apr 2008
Even as recently as the 1960s and 70s, people only washed their hair once or twice a week. If someone's hair was greasy, it wasn't really noticed but altogether accepted. So, I suppose hygiene is all relative;
When I grew up in the UK in the 70's we had no bathroom but an outside toilet. We strip washed at the kitchen sink once per week. At thirteen in the seventies in a hotel in Majorca I had my first ever bath in a tub.
30 years a later I shower every morning and if have a tought day at work have a extremely hot bath when I get home.
Secondly when the first Europeans arrived in India, the Moguls refused to speak with them because to the bathing perfuming Moguls they smelt too disgusting.
Both India and China had cleaniliness traditions that strtched back millinia.
In the late 19th century, courted by the French, British, Germans, Americans and Russians. Japan chose the British, in documents at the time they quote one reason they liked the Victorians was beacause of all the candidates only the British maintained addiquate enough personal hygene not to disgust the Japanese..