Victorian realities - how did they use the toilet??!

  • Published on Jun 14, 2016
  • After our recent videos ( Moving in a crinoline cage; Dressing up a Victorian ), one of the most common questions was this - 'How on earth did they use the toilet in all those skirts, petticoat, bustles, crinolines and what else is there hiding under the Victorian Skirts???!'
    And I just couldn't ignore it - so behold, a very silly video dealing with the daily reality of a Victorian life....
    No nudity, and no real natural functions are being performed - all demonstration of how the clothes moved and were manipulated. if you are easily offended by watching someone pretend to go to the loo, simply don't watch :-)

    Correction - When talking about the bustle folding, I of course mean accordion, not harmonica... :-(

    music:Camille Saint -Sans Dance Macabre
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Comments • 4 441

  • D Tatah
    D Tatah 9 hours ago

    Finally a history channel that's realistic

  • Aimee Ward
    Aimee Ward 2 days ago

    Just hope you weren't on a toilet when it exploded like the early ones did.

  • Lorraine Clark
    Lorraine Clark 2 days ago

    People used to squat in the bushes a lot too. If you went walking in the park, you had to watch where you were stepping- really!

  • Carley Timmerman
    Carley Timmerman 3 days ago

    That still looks like a lot just to use the bathroom 😂 I’m glad fashion has gotten more convenient in most ways these days

  • Sha Yanan
    Sha Yanan 3 days ago

    Yikes! Still not hygienic. The material touches the floor at the back!! This is a sitting toilet. What about a squatting one? What about wet toilets????

  • I'm-perfectly happy to be me Michelle

    Totally impossible they should have had removable hoop skirts and a hook to hang them than untie drop step out of it hang and use the restroom with bloomers on.
    Glad I did not live then.

  • Taylor M
    Taylor M 4 days ago +1

    4:27 it looks like a lobster tail lol

  • A Clem
    A Clem 6 days ago

    Even so, all of that material was bound to get in the way at some point.

  • Lucifer Lampmuffin
    Lucifer Lampmuffin 6 days ago +1

    The things I Google while pooping! 😂 ....actually, how did they poop? Take it all off?

    • priorattire
      priorattire  5 days ago

      No- as seen in the video... no need to remove anything

  • Rhonda Reese
    Rhonda Reese 8 days ago

    What did they use too wipe

    • priorattire
      priorattire  5 days ago

      Moist rags. Or, from mid century, toilet paper.

  • akr01364
    akr01364 10 days ago

    Ah, so that's why my 130 toilet is shaped like a Q-tip.

  • Gail Sorensen
    Gail Sorensen 11 days ago

    I can't imagine having to wear that much clothing, and imagine trying to keep it clean....and no antiperspirant! Plenty of perfume to cover the odors, maybe.

  • Nancy Montgomery
    Nancy Montgomery 15 days ago

    Harmonicas don't fold. Did you mean to say accordian? And even though they wore split crotch bloomers, you know they got some wee and duty on them. The ladies must have had a bit of odor. As long as I'm being indelicate, what did they do about their monthly visitor?

    • priorattire
      priorattire  10 days ago

      cloth pads on a t bandage or cloth/sponge tampons!

  • Tabitha Sanders
    Tabitha Sanders 15 days ago

    How did they deal with periods? Tampons hadn’t been invented yet, and they had nothing to stick pads on to even if they had them.. so.. what did they do?

    • Marg Des
      Marg Des 13 days ago

      There were larger washable cloths and I bet some of the pants were sown together. Maybe a ribbon attachment or clips? Just guessing, need more research on this. It was a pain in the late 50's and early 1960's, so even more so in the 1800's.

  • Robert Hicks
    Robert Hicks 18 days ago

    Interesting video - and great music by Camille Saint-Saëns.

  • Christine Bonnett
    Christine Bonnett 19 days ago +1

    How do obese people wipe front and back.?This has bothered me for a long time. Maybe they don't ewww

    • Aimee Ward
      Aimee Ward 2 days ago +1

      Spread your knees apart, bend forward and pull some fat out from under that arm do you can reach. Or else stand up, put one foot on the toilet and then do your thing. The second choice is better if you have a raised toilet seat.
      Be bothered no more.

  • Kathleen Mcnulty
    Kathleen Mcnulty 20 days ago

    I am curious what did they use for sanitary menstrual products then??Was it squares of burlap and they had to wash them??They made servants and slaves their pots to bury the urine & fecal.Running water toilets didn't come until 1880's I think??

    • priorattire
      priorattire  20 days ago

      Cloth pads, cloth or sponge tampons

  • Lucy Meltsmyheart
    Lucy Meltsmyheart 20 days ago

    Omg this video put me in the worst mood get out crazy woman.

  • TexasGirl 1
    TexasGirl 1 23 days ago +1

    This is crazy but so interesting.

  • Wittski Whiskey
    Wittski Whiskey 23 days ago +1

    I tried to use the toilet front approach. Pee went everywhere outside the bowl. I cant imagine diarrhea.

    • Nancy Montgomery
      Nancy Montgomery 15 days ago +1

      IKR? All that white fabric. Laundry must have been a nightmare.

  • Wittski Whiskey
    Wittski Whiskey 23 days ago

    I'd have just gotten fully undressed every time as to not risk a shit stain on my clothing. That's a lot of reaching around. I'd rather have unhindered access to the nether regions

  • It's Just Me
    It's Just Me 23 days ago +1


  • It's Just Me
    It's Just Me 23 days ago

    All I keep thinking about watching these videos and layer after layer goes on is menopause. I'd had to had live in some strange part of the woods way off in tatters at that point. Heat and humidity mixed with menopause is a hard no for layers and no AC, deodorant and HRT!!!🤣🤣🤣🤣😭😭😭😭

  • Epi Endless
    Epi Endless 23 days ago +1

    Just back from a Steampunk weekend. Split drawers FTW! Thanks for the tip about sitting that way round on the loo!

  • bettie ann fry
    bettie ann fry 26 days ago +2

    What about our special 5 to 7 days a month ?? Must have been miserable.

  • Linda Sun
    Linda Sun 27 days ago

    I remember having my wedding pictures taken in a professional wedding studio. I had a huge gown and two people helped me to the toilet and watched me pee. I didn’t drink anything for the next 6 hours.

  • My Lady
    My Lady 28 days ago +1

    Well, I guess you just have to find the best way. When you gotta go, you gotta go!

  • Sarah Paulson’s Left Eyebrow

    For some reason I totally understood what you meant when you said harmonica and not accordion...I probably would’ve said the same thing LOL

  • Albina Zolotaia
    Albina Zolotaia 29 days ago

    Да!В таких шторах конечно сложно это делать!😀

  • Jadebrooklyn
    Jadebrooklyn 29 days ago +1

    That was brilliant!

  • Tamar Pelkinson
    Tamar Pelkinson 29 days ago +2

    Wow, thank you for answering that question 😄 finally we know..

  • Dawn Brainard
    Dawn Brainard 29 days ago

    How'd they straggle an outhouse? No toilets in those days.

  • B Ann Solis
    B Ann Solis Month ago +1

    Very informative!

  • noonesflower
    noonesflower Month ago

    such a funny job for the actress to do

  • Jennifer Harkey
    Jennifer Harkey Month ago +1

    Don't know why I'm commenting on this particular one cuz little weird. But I recently ran across this Channel and all the dresses and everything everything is just so amusing and educational

  • Julie Pruitt
    Julie Pruitt Month ago

    I have heard somewhere that many of women's fashions throughout history were created by men (sometimes for men's pleasures) to keep women in bondage and not able to complete with men. I don't know if that's true, but I have heard this theory. Here are a few items: bound feet in Chinese culture, high heels, corsets, long dresses, even dresses at all (compared to trousers, in which a person can stride) and girdles. Can you think of any?

    • Aimee Ward
      Aimee Ward 2 days ago

      Chinese foot binding made small feet, which were considered beautiful and because the woman could hardly walk, she stayed close to home.

    • Julie Pruitt
      Julie Pruitt 5 days ago

      @priorattire I have tried corsets - they were never comfortable to me. They hurt, including the breasts, which the corsets cut into. I prefer to be just me, not someone else's illusion of beauty.

    • priorattire
      priorattire  Month ago

      Corsets are for boob support and comfort.....

  • Nicest Pancake
    Nicest Pancake Month ago

    Educational, but I am _so_ sorry-

  • J Moore
    J Moore Month ago +1

    What about port a pots at a renaissance fair and doing the hover as they're quite nasty?😄 I simplify skirts though not so authentic but when you gotta go you gotta go.

  • Rhonna Church
    Rhonna Church Month ago +2

    I think that the bottoms of those dresses must have gotten quite dirty walking around everyday and that probably took awhile to launder out!

  • Madz Ph
    Madz Ph Month ago

    i cant even do that pee and poop by just wiping a tissue.

  • Madz Ph
    Madz Ph Month ago

    gross lol hahaha.

  • Angela Senior
    Angela Senior Month ago +1

    😅😅😅it seems much easier than modern jumpsuits

  • Lisa White-Pagano
    Lisa White-Pagano Month ago

    Try scrolling Facebook or playing Words with Friends while balancing over a chamber pot while holding up yards of fabric and sitting backward at the same time! There would have been a lot of cell phones falling into chamberpots.

  • Orange Peel A.
    Orange Peel A. Month ago

    Very funny 👍🏻

  • Shelly McPherson
    Shelly McPherson Month ago +4

    I have always wondered and now I know. Thank-you so much.👍🏽

  • Oriru Bastard
    Oriru Bastard Month ago

    Well, okay.
    But the stains. XD

  • diamond painting dreamer

    It was tough to be a woman in those days

  • Cheng Balari
    Cheng Balari Month ago

    why can’t I stop laughing? 🤣🤣🤣

  • Joséphine Kérézit
    Joséphine Kérézit Month ago +5

    Why am I watching this 🤯🥴😣🤣?
    The dresses are remarkably beautiful though, very nice fabrics, well made 💗

  • CreoleFaerie
    CreoleFaerie Month ago +6

    I watched a few of your videos so far and now I gotta subscribe. These explanations are so great. It always annoyed me trying to explain to ppl that you shouldn't wear traditional underwear with old Victorian gowns. Now I can just reference this video 😁

  • Kay Young
    Kay Young Month ago

    l have bladder problems would have been a nightmare for me. l pee about every 20 minutes .
    l bet they used to get pee on those knickers. l hope they wiped themselves each time. it must have been even more difficult when you had a pooh.

  • Helda Cook Stano
    Helda Cook Stano Month ago

    Didn't they wash their hands back in those days?

    • Helda Cook Stano
      Helda Cook Stano Month ago +1

      @priorattire Thank you!

    • priorattire
      priorattire  Month ago

      No- microbiology and germs not the thing there yet- just becoming discovered towards the end of the era

  • Noémie D
    Noémie D Month ago

    Okay but how did they deal with periods?

    • Noémie D
      Noémie D Month ago +1

      @priorattire thank you!

    • priorattire
      priorattire  Month ago +1

      Cloth pads on t bandage and cloth/ sponge tampons

  • GiGiLafoo
    GiGiLafoo Month ago

    In 100 years: How millennial women used the toilet on a hot and humid day while coated with sunscreen and wearing a wet one-piece bathing suit.

  • green yoshi gamer gaming,vlogs,and more dumb stuff

    .glad I live now!!!

  • Wilhelm Geisler
    Wilhelm Geisler Month ago +1


  • Che M
    Che M Month ago

    GROSS when you consider those that didn't wipe OR just spillage in general 😓 Definitely lots of knicker washing AS SOON AS I GET HOME when dressed like that

  • C Williams
    C Williams Month ago +9

    Thank you for indulging our curiosity these demonstrations. And you do it so cutely too!

  • Tania South
    Tania South Month ago +11

    Me.. curious..
    So ladies back then weren't so fresh as they looked 😂 guarantee I would've pee'd on my legs a thousand times 🙄