The Bathroom Cabinet

The Bathroom Cabinet

Did your home have a bathroom cabinet? Full of remedies for all kinds of ills.
From Elastoplast and bandages to lotions, potions and pills.
Tweezers, razors, scissors and pins, lint and cotton wool pads.
The Immac belonged to your mother and the Old Spice was your Dad’s.

In winter you wore a liberty bodice, a prickly, scratchy vest
And then endure having camphorated oil rubbed on your chest.
A daily dose of cod liver oil to keep us healthy and strong,
A teaspoonful, you’d hold your nose, cos blimey it didn’t half pong!

Oil of cloves for toothache, you’d just dab it on your aching tooth,
And olive oil for cooking with ??? Not in our medicinal youth!
You’d dab it, warm, on cotton wool and then stick it in your ear
And half an Aspro for the pain no matter how severe!

Bruises, grazes, scrapes and sprains, needed a dab of TCP,
Witch Hazel, Tiger Balm, Fullers Earth or Dettol for your wounded knee.
A bad cold called for Kompo, a warm milky drink made by your mummy,
And Indian brandee in warm water was the cure for a poorly tummy.

Aching muscles were rubbed with Ralgex, teeth brushed with cool SR,
Hair washed with Vosene or Loxene and soap was always Wright’s Coal Tar.
So what was in YOUR bathroom cabinet? Cast your mind back and do tell,
Not forgetting that slippy, shiny, toilet paper, the one with an awful smell!!

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Ex Thomas Cook manager, now retired, love travelling, reading, dining out and drinking wine!

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Jeany beany0161
2nd Dec 2020
Thanks for voting!
Sounds just like our cupboard the only missing item being the radox bath salts . Although it wasn’t in the cupboard Vim to keep the bathroom sparkling clean.. Names and smells of my childhood!
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Wonderful nostalgic memories 🙂

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