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It’s National Bubble Bath Day!! When you turn on the faucet to draw a nice steaming bath…

It’s National Bubble Bath Day!! When you turn on the faucet to draw a nice steaming bath or shower, do you ever imagine what bath time was like in an average 18th century home? Baths were a luxury for most citizens, being taken 3 to 4 times a year with the change of the season. This of course means submersion baths, not the daily or weekly “sponge” bathing. Think about the work that would have to go into taking a bath in the 18th century. First, you would have to haul bucket after bucket of water to the house to be heated and poured into a tin tub by the fire. Then you would have to bathe by age, sex, and rank. The patriarch of the family would take his bath first, then using the same water, the older males would bathe followed by the women and finally the children. Imagine how filthy the water was by the time the baby was bathed. That is where the saying throwing the baby out with the bath water comes from. #bubblebath #bath #nationalbubblebathday #rubberducky #seasonalbathing #coloniallife #18thcenturyliving #museumfun #bathtime

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