How to Use a Neti Pot

A neti pot is very simple to use, although it may take some time to get the correct technique figured out. It can be used daily as a preventive measure or only when you are feeling ill. If you experience any pain the water may be too hot or cold, or the amount of salt in your solution may need to be adjusted. Your neti pot should only be for personal use and should not be shared with other people.

Fast Facts:

  • Step One: Fill your neti pot with body temperature water and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt or table salt, then stir to dissolve. Salt with iodine should not be used.
  • Step Two: Lean over a sink or bowl with your head tilted sideways, and your eyes looking down. Your head should be tilted so one nostril is directly over the other. Only use your mouth to breathe, so water will not drain into your mouth.
  • Step Three: Carefully place the spout of the neti pot in one nostril, so that a seal forms. Tilt the neti pot so water is allowed to enter the nostril, the water will drain down and out of the other nostril.
  • Step Four: When the pot is empty, remove the spout, and use a tissue to gently blow your nose to remove any extra water.
  • Step Five: Repeat these steps on the other nostril.