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A Good Wash for the Hair


  • 1 pennyworth of borax
  • 1/2 pint of olive-oil
  • 1 pint of boiling water


Pour the boiling water over the borax and oil; let it cool; then put the mixture into a bottle. Shake it before using, and apply it with a flannel. Camphor and borax, dissolved in boiling water and left to cool, make a very good wash for the hair; as also does rosemary-water mixed with a little borax. After using any of these washes, when the hair becomes thoroughly dry, a little pomatum or oil should be rubbed in, to make it smooth and glossy.


The Book of Household Management (1861).


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