Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

How to make your own neti pot saline solution mix (for sinus cleansing). This recipe makes 60 doses, equivalent to a box of mixture you might purchase at the drugstore. I determined the proper ingredients, ratios, and dose size from saline solution mix sold over-the-counter. I only recommend using this recipe if you're familiar with how neti pots work. Non-iodized salt is the normal ingredient for neti pot solution - the additional baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) seems to help sooth nasal passages. If you're uncertain about the baking soda, omit it and just use the salt. Simple, yet effective.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine the salt and baking soda in a mortar and pestle.
  2. Grind the mixture until very fine (the finer the grain, the faster it will dissolve).
  3. Use approximately 1/2 tsp per 8 oz of tepid water.


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Thank you for posting this recipe! I would always buy the premeasured packets, they had a recall, couldn't get them found this recpie having been using this evert since. I think it works better!

queenamh_12561386 September 08, 2012

Worked great and saves $$$ Thanks for posting!!! I boiled water first. As it cooled I put in the 1/2 teaspoon of salt/soda to disolve. Waited until it cooled a bit and then used.

matzorice_12134492 February 22, 2013

Just made some up using canning salt (finely ground to start with) and it works perfectly. I find that using this largely removes my need for hay-fever meds (Claritan). Thanks for sharing.

LET-CA August 26, 2012

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