Story: Washing, cleaning and personal hygiene

Chamber pot (1st of 2)

Chamber pot

Chamber pots were tucked under beds in the days when the household toilet was located in an outhouse in the back garden. The pot saved a trip outside to the toilet at night. The contents were emptied into the toilet in the morning. 

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Washing, cleaning and personal hygiene - Toilets', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 August 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013