Step 2: Prepare the Neti Pot

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Making the Neti Pot solution, which is really just saline/salt water couldn't be much easier.

Put a cup or two of water into a pot and warm it up on the stove. (I use cold water that I warm on the stove because the water heater in my apartment is old and I don't really want to have water that has been in there all up in my brain.)

Once the water is warm, pour it into the Netti Pot and then grab your salt. Take about half a teaspoon of salt and put it into your water mixture. Stir it well.

Now you are ready to proceed. Find a sink, some privacy and read on.
Scunnerous2 years ago
As davedking says you really should use sterile water: first, most city tap water has chlorine in it which is not good and will at best cause some irritation; second, the cases of Naegleria fowleri infection and subsequent deaths which have been reported are ample warning. The fact is that all tap water has bacteria and protozoa in it and the goal is to clean out lingering bacteria from the sinus cavity. Remember, your nasal cavities are only a thin membrane away from your brain.
rockadio1014 years ago
please answer this questein. i know i spelled it wrong but still.ok here it is (why do you have to use non-iodized salt) just wondering.

ps. please answer dont be sarcastic or aney thing im 11 and i have a stuffed up nose and i want it gone be for vacation is over! so please answer
davedking7 years ago
It is best to use that has been sanitized through boiling and allowed to cool to a lukewarm temperature, or alternately use bottled or filtered water.
I just use tap water, however our tap water is quite reliable otherwise would use the reverse osmosis water.

I have done lots of neti using different saline products and getting the right mixture for you is very important. Definately not iodized salt or salt with any anti-caking agents. Some say that if it burns your nose you don't have enough salt, and that was a surprise to me as thought it would be too much salt that would burn, so if you have that problem try adding a bit more salt to your mixture. I found that the mixtures that include baking soda really are the best. The baking soda buffers the solution making it mild yet very effective. I like the sinucleanse premixed saline packets I just put two of these in either the Ancient Secrets Nasal Cleansing Pot or when traveling the Rhino Horn Two packets in the pot, then add luke warm tap water, cover top with hand and shake after filling half way, then finish filling and do neti. If you use the smaller Sinucleanse Neti Pot or the Himalayan Institute Original Neti Pot these are smaller in volume and require only 1 packet per fill up.