To make the solution, mix
½ teaspoon (2.5 g) of salt and
½ teaspoon (2.5 g) of baking soda
in 1 cup (237 mL) of distilled water (at room temperature). If you use tap water, boil it first to sterilize it, and then let it cool until it is lukewarm. You may also purchase a saline
solution at your pharmacy.
Gently squirt the solution into your nose. Aim the water toward the
back, not the top, of your head. The water will run through the nasal passages
and into the back of your throat. Spit it out through your mouth. It will not
hurt you if you swallow some of the water. To squirt the solution, you
Use an all-rubber ear syringe, which you can buy
at a drug store.
Use a medical syringe without the
Use a water-flosser device, such as the Waterpik, set on low.
Pour the solution
into your hand and "snuff" it up through your nose, one nostril at a
Pour the solution in a plastic bottle, such as an empty
nasal spray bottle. This method is less effective than the other
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