Nasal Saline Rinses
Nasal saline is a solution that loosens dry or thick mucus when sprayed or rinsed through the
nose and gives relief of congested nasal passages.
Supplies you will need
ξ SinuCleanse system (neti pot) or SinuCleanse™ Squeeze™ or Sinus Rinse™
ξ Nasal saline recipe on the last page
ξ Warm distilled, boiled or faucet filtered water (96 θ to 99 θF)
ξ A clean container
1. Make a ‘nasal saline’ solution (salt water) using the recipe on the back page. Note: the salt
solution is the same as tears and other body fluids, which is soothing to the fragile
membranes inside the nose. If plain water is used, it could sting
and make congestion worse.
For SinuCleanse™ Squeeze™ or Sinus Rinse™ system
▪ Remove cap from bottle.
▪ Pour the contents of the premixed Sinucleanse™ saline packet or ½
tsp of the dry mixture into the bottle.
▪ Fill the bottle with lukewarm distilled, boiled or faucet filtered
water. Leave about half an inch between the water line and the top
of the bottle.
▪ Tighten the cap on the bottle, and gently shake the bottle until
contents of the packet have dissolved.
Lean over the sink, or if you prefer, do the nasal rinse when you
shower. If you are using SinuCleanse™ Squeeze™, place the rim of the cap up to the right
nostril and gently insert the tip forming a comfortable seal. If you are
using Sinu Rinse™; place cap snugly against your nostril. Aim the tip at
the back of your head, not at the top of your head.
Squeeze the bottle gently so that the solution enters the right nostril.
Breathe normally through your mouth. In a few moments the solution will
begin to drain out of the left nostril. Keep squeezing the bottle gently until
you have used about half of the solution.
Remove the tip and repeat on other side. You may gently blow your nose
between nasal rinses.
Repeat the nasal rinses with extra solution as ordered by your doctor.
Number of times per day: ______________
Total amount of solution to use: __________________________________
If you are using a SinuCleanse system:
▪ Fill pot with saline solution.
▪ Place tip of pot into nostril and tilt head as
▪ You may gently blow your nose between nasal
▪ Repeat the nasal rinses with extra solution as ordered
by your doctor.
o Number of times per day ______. Total
amount of solution to use _________.
2. Your syringe, spoons to measure and mixing container must be kept clean. Wash them once
a day with hot soapy water, rinse and lay out to dry between uses. The SinuCleanse (neti
pot) may be hand washed or in the top-rack of dishwasher.
3. Do not share the bulb syringe or neti pot with anyone else.
4. You may store the unused saline on the counter for 7 days.
5. You may need to blow your nose a few times over the next 15 – 20 minutes after you do a
nasal rinse as small amounts of fluid drain out.
Call your health care provider if you have any questions or concerns.
Web site Sinucleanse.com
The Spanish version of this Health Facts for You is #7432
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Nasal Saline Recipe
What you will need:
ξ Pickling and Canning Salt
ξ Baking Soda
ξ Distilled, boiled or filtered faucet
ξ A measured 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon
ξ A measuring cup ( 8 oz size )
ξ Small airtight container
Pickling and Canning salt can be found at the
grocery store with canning supplies.
Mix these dry ingredients:
ξ (3) Heaping teaspoons of
ξ (1) Rounded teaspoon of baking
Mix these well and store in an airtight
This will give you enough mixture to
make a number of batches of nasal
saline when mixed with water as
How to mix the solution for use:
ξ Add a 1/4 to 1/2 measured teaspoon or
less of the salt and soda mixture to 1/2 cup
(4 oz) of warm distilled, boiled or faucet
level filtered water.
ξ Stir well to dissolve and use.
ξ If the solution causes a burning feeling in
the nose, add less of the salt and soda
mixture to water.
Important: Once the salt and soda
mixture is dissolved in water, it must
be used in (7) days to avoid bacterial
Nasal Saline is a solution that loosens dry or thick mucus when sprayed or rinsed through the nose and
provides soothing relief of congested nasal airways.