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Posted: April 30, 1986

Dear Polly: I have always had trouble with mildew forming on the rubber gaskets around the doors of my refrigerator and freezer. Each week I check and clean them, but the mildew gets ahead of me. Do you have advice for cleaning the stains and for how to keep the mildew from reforming? - Mrs. A.D.

Dear Mrs. A.D.: You live in a damp part of the country where mildew is naturally a greater problem than in drier areas. Vigilance is the key to preventing the formation of mildew around those gaskets. After dinner each night, just run a damp cloth around the gasket to clean it, then dry with a clean towel. This should do the trick. If mildew does form, clean it with a cloth dampened with a little chlorine bleach, then rinse with clear water, finishing with a dry towel.

Rubbing a tiny bit of petroleum jelly on the gasket will help keep it from drying and cracking and may help prevent mildew, too. - Polly

Dear Polly: To keep bed covers from touching an injured, bruised, swollen foot, use a large cardboard box. Cut one side off and place it at the foot of the bed, top side down with the cutout side facing the person. This makes a cozy nook for the sore foot. A small pillow may be placed against the back of the box, giving warm support for the foot. Place the covers over the box and tuck into the foot of the bed, holding the box in place. - Nellie

Dear Polly: You can clean silk flowers and wicker baskets this easy way. Dip them in mild soap suds and water, then rinse. Lay them flat or hang to dry. - Lillie

Dear Polly: I use the larger pill bottles my medication comes in to hold buttons, snaps, thread, bobbin and other supplies that match the material I'm using on a specific pattern. - Helen

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