Nasal Saline Recipe for Neti Pots

Make your own nasal saline rinse

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Many people with allergic rhinitis and recurrent or chronic sinus infections have found benefit with the routine use of nasal saline rinses. This natural therapy helps the nose get rid of allergens and mucus. Saline rinses help prevent the crusting of secretions in the nasal passages, which may otherwise block the sinuses from draining. If the sinus drainage sites become blocked, which could also occur with swelling from allergies or irritants, a sinus infection may develop.

The two most common ways to perform nasal saline rinses are with a gravity driven device, such as a Neti Pot, or with a pressure driven device, such as a squeeze bottle. The main difference between the two methods is most a person's preference. and prevention of allergic rhinitis and sinus infections. Various Neti Pots are available commercially, including the Sinus Rinse brand, or a nasal bulb syringe can be used. Various nasal saline rinse kits are available commercially which contains pre-mixed salt packages of sodium bicarbonate. Alternatively, a home-made saline can be made and used in a Neti Pot, squeeze bottle or nasal bulb syringe.

To make your own saline, mix the following in a clean container:

  • ½ to 1 teaspoon non-iodized salt (iodized salt can cause nasal irritation)
  • Pinch of baking soda (to prevent burning – can increase the amount as needed)
  • 1 cup of warm water (preferably filtered or previously boiled water)


    Practice Parameter Update on the Diagnosis and Management of Sinusitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2005;S13-47.

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