FACTS WORTH KNOWING. 569
To Freshen Gilt Frames: Gilt frames may be revived by care- fully dusting them, and then washing with one ounce of soda beaten up with the whites of three eggs. Scraped patches might be touched up with any gold paint. Castile soap and water, with proper care, may be used to clean oil paintings ; other methods should not be em- ployed without some skill.
To Destroy Moths in Furniture: All the baking and steaming are useless, as, although the moths may be killed, their eggs are sure to hatch, and the upholstery to be well riddled. The naphtha-bath process is effectual. A sofa, chair or lounge may be immersed in the large vats used for the purpose, and all insect life will be absolutely destroyed. No egg ever hatches after passing through the naphtha- bath; all oil, dirt or grease disappears, and not the slightest damage is done to the most costly article. Sponging with naphtha will not answer. It is the immersion for two hours or more in the specially prepared vats which is effectual.
Slicing Pineapples: The knife used for peeling a pineapple should not be used for slicing it, as the rind contains an acid that is apt to cause a swollen mouth and sore lips. The Cubans use salt as an antidote for the ill effects of the peel.
To Clean Iron Sinks: Rub them well with a cloth wet with kero- sene oil.
To Erase Discoloration on Stone China: Dishes and cups that are used for baking custards, puddings, etc., that require scouring, may be easily cleaned by rubbing with a damp cloth dipped in whit- ting or "Sapolio," then washed as usual.
To Remove Ink, \Wine or Fruit Stains: Saturate well in tomato juice; it is also an excellent thing to remove stains from the hands.
To Set Colors in Washable Goods: Soak them previous to wash- ing in a water in which is allowed a tablespoonful of ox-gall to a gal- lon of water.
To Take out Paint: Equal parts of ammonia and turpentine will take paint out of clothing, no matter how dry or hard it may be. Sat- urate the spot two or three times, then wash out in soap-suds. Ten cents' worth of oxalic acid dissolved in a pint of hot water will re- move paint spots from the windows. Pour a little into a cup, and ap- ply to the spots with a swab, but be sure not to allow the acid to touch