In the 1960's my grandparents lived in a flat in Queens, NY. In the middle of the kitchen was the table. However, it actually was the tub, with a board over the top to serve as a table. It was filled with hot water from the stove. By the time my Grandma got a second pot ready, I am sure the first pot was cold.

Inconvenience like this contributed to poor hygiene. Typically, in times long gone, the bathtub was filled once and the family bathed in pecking order- Dad, then Mom, then the kids.

By the time the last child bathed, the water could be filthy. Reportedly this is where the term “ don’t throw the baby out with the bath water” came from.