Best advice for makeup stains?
Raleigh resident Jennifer Cattano is searching for a sure-fire way to remove makeup stains from the collar of a white turtleneck. She says a paste of vinegar and baking soda didn’t work. If you have a tried-and-true solution for removing makeup stains from white clothing, we’d love to pass your tip along. Send it to email@example.com. Be sure to include your name and city. Put “makeup stains” in the subject line.
Best slow cooker ribs
Judy Harvin of Garner wrote in to share a slow cooker recipe for “crockpot ribs that everyone loves.” To prepare Tender and Tangy Ribs, you will need:
Never miss a local story.
3/4 to 1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 pounds pork spareribs
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Combine the first nine ingredients in a slow cooker. Cut ribs into serving-size pieces; brown in a skillet in oil. Transfer browned ribs to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for four to six hours or until tender. Cook all day for falling-off-the-bone tenderness. Yield: 2 to 3 servings.
Best home tour
Wake County’s annual Parade of Homes is here. More than 100 new construction homes will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 5, and again Oct. 10-12 and 17-19. The tour is free. See the latest in home design, decor, landscaping and appliance options. Bring comfortable, slip-on shoes and your imagination. Learn more at paradeofhomeswake.com/.
Best way to store purses off season
Allison Savicz of Durham says she’s found the perfect way to store purses in the off-season. “I have started taking old bed pillowcases that I no longer want to use on the beds and store handbags in them. It keeps away dust on the bags waiting for the next season.”
Best way to clean dirty air vents
Clean grimy and dusty air vents with a tip found on the DIYReal blog.
You will need:
Your cleaner of choice (the site used 409 All Purpose cleaner)
A metal butter knife
A clean cloth
Wrap the cloth around the knife’s blade. If the cloth is thin, wrap it twice. Spray the vent slats with cleaner and insert the knife in between each slat, moving it from side to side. Adjust the cloth to a clean section as you move from slat to slat and as needed.
You can view this and other tips at http://nando.com/l7.
Best prep for Halloween
If you love the idea of decorated pumpkins, but dread the work of carving them, break out some crafting supplies and let the kids have at it. The Good Housekeeping blog has come up with a number of ideas sure to entertain and delight little ghouls while providing some whimsical and fun Halloween decor.
1 Buy self-adhesive rhinestones or other colorful dots to make eyes or random, jewel-toned dots on mini-pumpkins or gourds. Use them to decorate a mantle, hallway or table.
2 Stretch a costume mask across a larger gourd and fill in the mouth and nose with permanent marker. Draw a witch’s face on a pumpkin in permanent marker and top it with a witch’s hat.
3 The editors also drew a spider web across a small pumpkin and glued plastic spiders on top for a spooky effect.
The key, the editors note, is to let your little ones’ imaginations and fingers run wild.
Check out more Halloween-decorating ideas for kids, including a tutorial video, at http://nando.com/l8.
Best fall decor
For a pretty and sweet-smelling addition to your home’s autumn decor, display oranges studded with dried, whole cloves in a bowl. It’ll smell great and add a touch of color, too. Thanks to the editors at Southern Living for this and 63 other tips posted at http://nando.com/l9.
Seeking your best, quick recipes
If you have a simple, five-ingredient or less fall recipe that garners rave reviews from friends and family alike, please share it with us. Please include precise measurements. Send your recipes to firstname.lastname@example.org, putting “best recipe” in the subject line. If we print your recipe, you’ll be entered in a quarterly drawing for a gift card. Be sure to include your name, street address and city.
• Winner of the third-quarter gift card isMikel Gardner
Best of TV
Vandalized foreclosure: Tarek and Christina scoop up an Anaheim Hills short sale at auction for $430,000. The windows are broken, the hardwood floors are hammered, and there’s graffiti and food everywhere. But worst of all, concrete was poured in the sinks, showers and toilets, destroying the plumbing in the house. Will this vandalized foreclosure sink their efforts and make this a flip a flop? “Flip or Flop” airs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Send news and photos to The News & Observer, P.O. Box 191, Raleigh, N.C. 27602; email email@example.com.