Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

A great home remedy prescribed by my ear, nose & throat specialist for sinus headaches, congestion, colds, and allergies. The salt water clears the "gunk" out. The baking soda soothes irritated membranes, and the glycerine soothes and moisturizes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix everything up in a jar.
  2. Rinse thru nose 4 times a day using a bulb syringe.
  3. While standing at the sink, tip your head back, flush thru nose, then tip your head forward, and let the"wash" run back out.
  4. Messy?
  5. --yes.
  6. But very effective.
Most Helpful

No one should use a nasal flush with tap water. Please boil it first or use distilled water. If contaminants get into the water it can cause serious illness, sometimes fatal. I use a nasal wash faithfully, but I don't use tap water since I heard on the news that people were dying due to bacteria in tap water.

coady1june December 17, 2012

I've been using a mix for awhile but decided to include glycerine. You can feel that the wash is smoother and goes through your nose easier. I found it in a bottle near the bandaids section (Rite-Aid) and it looks like clear corn syrup. I swear by nasal irrigating and use an attach. that goes on my Water Pick (designed for irrig.). Thanks Lightly Toasted, for posting, Roxygirl

Roxygirl in Colorado May 16, 2009

I use a similar recipe that uses 1 cup distilled water, 1/2 t salt and 1/2 t baking soda and I use a plastic bottle. They sell sinus irrigation bottles in most drug stores for about $5 (or you can get a kit that also includes saline solution packets for around $10) and I've found it to be much easier to use than neti pots or cups. You want the water to be lukewarm, and I've found that 30 seconds in the microwave will make room temperature water just right for irrigation. The trick is to do it daily regardless of how your sinuses feel--don't slack off! If you make it part of your daily routine you will see huge improvements.

Renegade Chef May 20, 2008