DIY Neti Pot

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have sinus pressure and nasal congestion, consider using a neti pot for nasal irrigation. Nasal irrigation cleans mucus out of your sinuses and nasal passageways, according to the Mayo Clinic. You may purchase a neti pot and saline solution kit at a pharmacy, or you can make your own at home.

Clean a plastic squeeze bottle thoroughly with hot water and dish soap. Rinse thoroughly and dry.

Add 236ml. of distilled water to the bottle. The water must be at room temperature or slightly warmer. If you do not have distilled water, boil tap water, then cool it to room temperature.

Add 1/8 tsp of table salt to the bottle.

Screw the cap on the bottle and shake it to dissolve the salt.

Use your homemade neti pot while standing over a sink or bathtub. Tilt your head to the side.

Gently place the bottle's spout in one nostril. If you've tilted your head to the left, place the spout in the right nostril. Slowly squirt the neti pot solution up the nostril until the solution drains out your other nostril.

Repeat this with the other nostril, tilting your head to the other side. Blow your nose gently with a tissue when the solution has finished draining.


When you use your neti pot, avoid plugging your nose with your fingers. Nasal irrigation may be slightly uncomfortable the first time you try it. If you experience severe discomfort, stop using the device and contact your doctor.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic squeeze bottle
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Distilled water
  • Salt
  • Tissue
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