Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'Plain Talk': Samples of Earl Proulx's Column

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'Plain Talk': Samples of Earl Proulx's Column

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I have a brand-new, expensive fur-lined golf bag. A bottle of vanilla extract spilled all over the inside of the bag. What is the best way to clean inside the bag and get rid of the horrible smell?

J.W.,

Norcross, Ga.

This is worth a try. Wipe down the inside of the bag with a wet cloth dipped in baking soda until the bag is clean. Then put four inches of fresh cat litter in the bottom and set it outdoors in the sun for a day. If you do not have fresh cat litter, use stale, dry coffee grounds.

What's the best way to clean mold and dust from the cardboard covers on 12-inch vinyl phonograph records?

R.O.,

Chatham, N.J.

The best way to clean those covers is to rub them with lumps of the doughy center part of a loaf of white bread. It doesn't have to be homemade; any store bread should do. …

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