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Homemade Saline Solution Recipe

With this homemade saline solution recipe, you can make your own soothing nasal wash to help your nose during allergy and cold season.

You’ll save money, and avoid unnecessary chemicals by using pure ingredients in your own kitchen.

A small green pitcher, dish of salt, dish of baking soda and nasal wash bulb.

A simple homemade nasal wash can be a terrific remedy for stuffy noses due to colds or allergies, and I like making it in small batches so it’s always fresh. It costs pennies, and best of all, you can warm it a little before using it so your nose feels like it’s going to the spa.

I’ve tried a number of recipes, and we find this combination is just right—strong enough to be effective, but gentle enough that it doesn’t sting.

Homemade Saline Solution

  • 1/2 cup filtered water, boiled and cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • tiny pinch (half of a 1/8 teaspoon measure) baking soda

Heat the water so it’s just a little warmer than room temperature. This takes about 13 seconds in our microwave, but your time may be different so you’ll probably need to experiment. You can also heat the water in a saucepan just until it’s comfortably warm.

Stir in the salt and baking soda until completely dissolved. Use the solution in a clean aspirator or neti pot, and discard any that you don’t use. Makes 4 ounces.

Here’s to un-stuffy noses so we can enjoy all the wonderful scents of spring and summer!

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A bulb syringe, a Neti pot, a bowl of baking soda and a bowl of salt.

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is the author of 17 books, including Small Bites, 101 Things To Do With Bacon, and BERRIES. She enjoys sharing ideas to simplify cooking, gardening, and home projects. She is also the owner of Cross Media, Inc. and founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society.

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Saline Solution Recipe”

  1. Can’t wait to try it! I’m sold on the saline solution nasal rinse but it can be pricey. Tried just noniodized salt and it did burn. Your recipe just might be the ticket!

    To your/our health!

  2. This sounds great! Could you add the salt and baking soda in the water just after it boils so it will dissolve better?


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