Saturday, November 1, 2014

How to Remove Stubborn Grass, Oil and Sweat Stains

October 28, 2014 2:42 pm

You're elated that your child's slide into homebase cinched the game; you're not so happy about the grass stain that you need to remove when you get home. Keep these stain-fighting tips handy so you can meet common household stains with a plan of attack.

To remove grass stains:
This tip should help save Junior's uniform: As soon as possible, pretreat the grass stain with liquid detergent, then rinse thoroughly. If the garment can be bleached (check the label), then soak the garment in a diluted solution of bleach and water for no longer than fifteen minutes. If you'd prefer to steer clear of bleach, you can try rubbing a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda into the grass stain, letting it sit, then rinsing.

To remove oil-based stains:
Oil-based stains include mayonnaise, salad dressings, cooking oils, butter, face creams, and grease. First, apply talcum powder or cornstarch directly to the stain; this will help absorb the oil but may require several applications. Scrape or brush off the powder between applications, then toss the garment into the wash on a regular cycle.

To remove sweat stains:
Sweat stains are equally embarrassing and stubborn, but can be conquered if you follow the correct steps. Attack the stain with a cocktail of equal parts water and lemon juice, then hang the garment outside in the sunshine. (You'll need nice weather for this one.) The sunlight will help bleach the stain.

17 Easy Stain Removal Tips [Lifescript]
The Entertainer’s Guide to Stain Removal [Real Simple]
Quick 'n Easy Stain Removal [Ohio State University]

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Try the Paella at O’Porto

October 21, 2014 1:36 pm

Sample the flavors of Portuguese cuisine at O'Porto in Hartford. This popular restaurant serves a full menu of authentic items.

Start off with the smoked chourico, a variant of Spanish chorizo sausage that is roasted over an open fire and splashed with Aguadente (a potent Portugese liquor) before being brought to the table. It’s incredibly flavorful, with the tang of the alcohol melding with the fatty, savory meat. Also exceptional is O’Porto’s paella, saffron rice dishes made with perfectly-cooked seafood, chicken, and pork. They’re filling enough that you can split an order with a dining partner and still come away stuffed. O’Porto’s house-made sangria is a delicious complement to whatever you end up ordering.

2074 Park Street
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 233-3184

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The Bushnell: Live Entertainment in Hartford

October 15, 2014 2:56 pm

The Bushnell is one of Connecticut’s best performing arts center, offering everything from musicals and operas to holiday shows and arts-in-education events. Dress in your Sunday best (the Bushnell recommends business casual) and head over to this top-notch theater for a diverse selection of live entertainment options.

On stage here you'll see performances by artists like songwriter Jason Mraz, comedian John Hodgman, celebrity chef Alton Brown, and violinist Itzhak Perlman. Theater enthusiasts can look forward to touring productions. Kids are welcome at the Bushnell, which offers children’s productions all year round. For a bite to eat before or after the show, stop by the Bushnell Cafe, which offers light fare ranging from a turkey BLT to a Tuscan salad.

Check The Bushnell's online schedule for this season’s calendar and ticket prices.

The Bushnell
166 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 987-6000

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