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How to Make Homemade Saline Nasal Spray

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Homemade Saline Nasal Spray

  • 1 cup (8 ounce) water
  • 1 teaspoon natural salt (you can add more for more "punch" but it does sting. I useĀ Real Salt)
  • 1/8 teaspoon (pinch) baking soda

Homemade Xylitol Nasal Spray Version

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon xylitol
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 drop grapefruit seed extract optional


  • Warm the water to a temperature that is as warm as you can tolerate (of course, this is a subjective term. The water should not be so hot as to damage your nasal passages. See notes below.)
  • Add salt and baking soda to your saline container (neti-pot or saline spray bottle).
  • Add water and mix / shake to combine.
  • Follow directions for using your saline wash container.
  • Make sure to rinse out your container after use and leave it open to air dry.