Very few things are as terribly annoying as trying to breath with a stuffed-up nose. While nasal sprays are effective, many start to be addictive as your body depends on them to keep the nasal passages clear. Saline nasal spray, however, isn't addictive and is often just as effective. While you can purchase saline nasal spray over the counter, it is much cheaper to make it yourself by following the steps below.
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Things you need
- Baking soda
- Sea salt
- Nasal spray bottle
- Liquid measuring cup
Boil tap water for 10 minutes to remove all of the impurities and get the water hot enough to dissolve the salt. Pour one cup of the boiling hot water into a liquid measuring cup with a spout (to pour easily later).
Add one teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of sea salt to the boiling water in the measuring cup. Stir until the water is completely clear again, which insures that the baking soda and salt dissolve completely.
Allow the water to cool to room temperature. Then, pour the water into a clean nasal spray bottle. Squeeze the saline nasal spray one to three times into each nostril, inhaling through the nose as you squeeze in the fluid.
Store the remaining saline nasal spray in glass jar or plastic container with a lid. Refill your nasal spray bottle as needed.
Tips and warnings
- Purchase distilled water from the store as an alternative to tap water.
- A bulb syringe is another option for applying the saline nasal spray to your nasal passages. Use six to ten drops for each nose.