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5 Things to Do with Mustard

Mustard isn’t just tasty on burgers and hot dogs. Did you know it can also soothe back pain, get rid of skunk smell, and more? Read on for a quirky list of things to do with mustard.

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Did you know these cool things to do with mustard?

Ancient Romans brought mustard back from Egypt and used the seeds to flavour grape juice, called “must.” This is believed to be how mustard got its name. Read on to find out these other five things to do with mustard people have discovered.

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Things to do with mustard #1: Soothe an aching back

Here’s a thing to do with mustard you may not have known: Take a bath in yellow mustard to relieve an aching back or arthritis pain. Simply pour a regular 6- to 8-ounce (175- to 240-milliliter) bottle of mustard into the hot water as the tub fills. Mix well and soak yourself for 15 minutes. If you don’t have time for a bath you can rub some mustard directly on the affected areas. Use only mild yellow mustard and make sure to apply it to a small test area first. Undiluted mustard may irritate your skin.

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Things to do with mustard #2: Relieve congestion

Another thing to do with mustard that is a throwback, old-school home remedy: Relieve congestion with a mustard plaster just like Grandma used to make. Rub your chest with prepared mustard, soak a washcloth in hot water, wring it out, and place it over the mustard.

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Things to do with mustard #3: Make a facial mask

Did you guess that a spa treatment was somethiing you could do with mustard? Pat your face with mild yellow mustard for a bracing facial that will soothe and stimulate your skin. Try it on a small test area first to make sure it will not be irritating.

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Things to do with mustard #4: Remove skunk smell from car

File this one away as a use for mustard you hope never to need. You didn’t see that skunk on the road until it was too late, and now your car exudes that foul aroma. Use mustard powder to get rid of those awful skunk odours. Pour 1 cup dry mustard into a bucket of warm water, mix well, and splash it on the tires, wheels, and underbody of the car. Your passengers will thank you.

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Uses for Mustard #5: Remove odour from bottles

You’re got some nice bottles you’d like to keep, but after washing them, they still smell like whatever came in them, you can use mustard as a sure way to kill the smell. After washing, just squirt a little mustard into the bottle, fill with warm water, and shake it up. Rinse well, and the smell will be gone.

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