How Condoms Were Made in 1844

The condoms you see at your local supermarket are most likely made of latex. However, latex condoms were not invented till 1920 when they found that it was easier to produce than a cement-dipped rubber condom, which took lots of labor to smooth out.

First published in 1844, The United States Practical Receipt Book contained trivial information on a vast amount of things. The book included how to make ceramic glue as well as tips on how to judge beef quality.

Basically, this book has it all and is geared towards manufacturers, tradesmen, agriculturalists and housekeepers. Whether it’s useful or not, we’ll let you judge.

With so much random insight throughout this book, one specifically caught the attention of the internet. How to make baudruches, or in modern terms, condoms. Brace yourselves, the main ingredients are sheep intestines:

“Take the caecum of the sheep; soak it first in water, turn it on both sides, then repeat the operation in a weak ley of soda, which must be changed every four or five hours for five or six successive times; then remove the mucus membrane with the nail; sulphur, wash in clean water, and then in soap and water; rinse, inflate, and dry.
Next cut it to the required length and attach a piece of ribbon to the open end. Used to prevent infection or pregnancy. The different qualities consist of extra pains being taken in the above process, and in polishing, scenting, &c.”

In simpler terms, you’re basically just washing out the inside of a sheep’s intestines, cutting it to however long you need, and then tying it at the end with a ribbon.

I’m honestly a bit disturbed by the thought of an animal’s intestines being used as a condom, but in 1844, people were probably dying to get their hands on these.

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