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Toothbrushes of the Victorian era featured bristles made of pig and horse hair,
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and since toothpaste was still too expensive, even for the middle class, most people cleaned their teeth using salt or foul-tasting bicarbonate of soda. Washing one's hair seemed equally primitive. With the invention of shampoo still 50 years away, people fashioned homemade equivalents made of cow fat and perfume, or eggs and lemons, that left hair feeling anything but soft, silky, and manageable.

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