Home-made Nasal Saline Rinse

Directions for preparing home-made nasal saline

  1. Clean a 1-Quart glass jar carefully, then fill it with bottled or boiled water.
  2. Add 1 or 2 heaping teaspoons of pickling or canning salt, or Kosher salt. If you use table salt, you may be getting a preservative and/or additive which might irritate your nose.
  3. Add 1 rounded teaspoon of baking soda (pure bicarbonate).
  4. Store at room temperature and shake or stir before each use.
  5. Mix a new batch weekly.

To use:

  1. Pour some of the mixture into a clean bowl. Warming it to body temperature may help, but make sure it is not hot.
  2. Fill a spray bottle or your WaterPik. To avoid contamination, try not to place the bulb or syringe into the jar.
  3. Stand over the sink or in the shower and squirt the mixture into each side of the nose several times.
  4. Rinse the nose at least two to three times daily.