OK to re­use cloth nap­kins for a week?

The Kansas City Star - - Sports - BY JU­DITH MARTIN, NI­CHOLAS IVOR MARTIN AND JA­COBINA MARTIN

DEAR MISS MAN­NERS: Dur­ing our week­long visit, our dear hosts sub­jected us to one of their quirks I can’t abide by. They is­sued each of us a cloth nap­kin to be used for the week. Granted, we were not eat­ing ribs, but it still just seemed un­san­i­tary. GEN­TLE READER: Why? What else were they be­ing used for?

Miss Man­ners is sorry to tell you, but sav­ing a cloth nap­kin for up to a week is not only ac­cept­able, it comes with ac­ces­sories. That is the pur­pose of those round sil­ver things that are too small to be bracelets. They are nap­kin rings. For fre­quent guests, Miss Man­ners even gets them mono­grammed – an honor, she as­sures you.

How­ever, if you feel that yours is be­ing overused to the point of be­ing in­ef­fec­tive, gra­ciously blame it on your­self. “I am afraid I over-en­joyed my din­ner last night and sorely abused my nap­kin. I won­der if I might have a fresh one tonight. And I will try to take bet­ter care of it.”

Send ques­tions to Miss Man­ners at her web­site, miss­man­ners.com; to her email, dearmiss­man­[email protected]; or through postal mail to Miss Man­ners, An­drews McMeel Syn­di­ca­tion, 1130 Wal­nut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.

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