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Abrie, there is another Allergies thread called "Neti Pot Solution Question" from maybe January or February of this year you may want to read.


Before I take my morning shower, I hang my head over the sink and squirt the liquid up one nostril, suck it up a little further, then blow it out, then do the other nostril, back and forth until all the solution is gone. As I'm shampooing my hair in the shower, hanging my head down, the remaining solution tends to drain out.

If I do it at night, I try to do it about 30 minutes before going to bed, so the extra liquid has time to drip out, and not sit inside my nose all night, or drip on the bed. About 10 minutes after I irrigate, I hang my head over, or each down to pick something off the floor, and it usually drains the remaining liquid out then.

I used the packets that came with the Ayr bottle, but my ENT gave me a recipe so I could make it myself. He also gave me a SinusRinse bottle, which I like better than the Ayr one. I was using a Neti pot, but he said that wouldn't give enough pressure to flush as well as the bottle would.

1 cup warm water
1/4 teaspoon salt (no iodine)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon glycerin (to help keep nose from getting too dry)
mix until salt dissolves

Iodine will sting, so make sure the salt doesn't have any. The water should be warm, body temperature, so that it doesn't feel hot or cold when you squirt it in. When I'm out of town, I put the pre-measured salt and baking soda in tiny baggies (like for beads or small parts), and leave out the glycerin. Makes it easier when I'm camping or staying overnight with a friend.

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