These widespread practices in the Far West demonstrate how very wild the times were

Have you ever wondered what life in the Old West could be like? Then you can forget about drinking water and soap and say goodbye to proper medical care. And if the idea of a shared toothbrush turns you off, that’s a shame.  If you think you know how dire living conditions were during the Old West days, you’re still far from it. Many aspects of life in the Old West are different from what we know now, and people might be curious about how the people in this era lived.

Terrifying toilets

Indoor plumbing is a relatively modern luxury. For those who lived in the Old West, the facilities were basic at best, and they were usually outside and were not satisfactory. In the 21st  century, every home, restaurant, beach, school, e.t.c, has a toilet; you can easily find a toilet to make use of. However, before plumbing systems became commonplace, people would go into an outdoor shed usually located some distance away from the main residence. It consisted of a shallow hole with four walls and, most importantly, a roof. Lime was often used to disinfect and combat outhouse odours. Lime was cheap and readily available and was used to clean outhouse interiors to make them sanitary.

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Most inhabitants had to be content with small constructions, which were little more than huts erected on pits dug in the ground. For convenience, they were not very far from the houses. And while there were ways to try and hide the bad smell, hordes of flies were buzzing around. Black widows were also prowling, ready to bite. One could only take a short trip to the toilet when it was hot. When flies tickle your buttocks, you desperately want to have a bowel movement and leave. Due to the proximity of the convenience to the living space, flies were attracted to food and items in the house, which was very displeasing.

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