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My parents were born in the early 1900s. They bathed once a week, but they didn't stink, because they washed daily over a bowl using a pitcher of water, called spit baths. (I believe the first deodorant was marketed by then, but I don't know if they used it.) The reason they bathed only once a week was because they didn't have a water heater and had to heat pots of water on a wood stove, which would have been quite a chore to do every day.

We grew up the same way on the farm, with a bath once a week in a galvanized washtub after heating pots of water on the wood stove. During the week, we took spit baths and, of course, we had deodorant by then. Eventually we had a water heater and bathtub installed and no longer needed spit baths. Running hot water was quite a luxury to us.

Anyway, my point is that people who bathed once a week normally washed at the sink or bowl daily.
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