serve! - A Reader
Dear Polly: I store Q-Tips in an empty plastic Band-Aid box. It fits better in the medicine cabinet than those awkward boxes cotton swabs come in.
Here's a fun game with children. It's Ring Around the Rosie, but instead of ''Tisha, Tisha, all fall down," say "Knees, knees, knees touch down," and the children land on their knees. Continue with other body parts, elbows, ears, noses, etc. - Katherine
Dear Katherine: It sounds like a great game, but one that's best done on carpeting to minimize the bruised elbows and bumped noses of enthusiastic players!
Dear Polly: Recently in your column, a reader asked whether she should use cloth or disposable diapers. We chose cloth, and we're saving money. Our water bill increased only $2 a month, our electric bill $2 and a box of borax $3. Compared with an average of $10 a bag for disposables (about one-week's supply), it's quite a bargain. I'm glad I chose cloth. - C.K.
Dear C.K.: Thanks for a testimonial to the economy of cloth diapers. I'm sure most people don't realize how easy it is to launder diapers. Cloth is kinder to babies' bottoms, cheaper, and safer for the environment.
Dear Polly: Before discarding the used dryer sheet, run the sheet over the wire lint screen. It removes all lint in a swipe or two. - Virginia
Dear Polly: Can strawberries be canned? - Jennifer
Dear Jennifer: Strawberries can be canned, but the results are poor. The berries come out pale and watery, and they tend to shrink under the high heat of boiling-water-bath processing. Strawberries fare much better when frozen or preserved as jam. They can be frozen in sugar or a sugar syrup, or simply spread out on a cookie sheet then later packed in plastic freezer bags for a dry, unsweetened whole-berry pack.
If you're interested in making jam, I've found that the new less-sugar pectins produce excellent jams with more berry flavor that the older heavy- sugar pectins.
Dear Polly: Here's a use for a 2-pound coffee can: as a bathroom tissue holder. Cut the bottoms off two coffee cans and leave the bottom on a third, then stack them and solder the cans together. Wrap with pretty wallpaper or contact paper. Fasten a plastic flower to the lid of the top can. This is a perfect holder for four rolls of toilet tissue. - Florence
Dear Polly: My favorite bait for mousetraps is pecans. Also, if you want to reuse mousetraps, you can boil them to kill germs. - A.J.