How to Use Neti Pot
Use the neti pot in a room with a sink.
- Add the saline solution to a clean, dry neti pot.
- Bend over the sink and look straight down at the sink basin.
- Turn your head at a 45-degree angle.
- Gently press the spout of the neti pot into the nostril closest to the ceiling.
- Make sure you have a seal between the neti pot and your nostril. The neti pot shouldn’t touch your septum.
Breathe through your mouth during this step.
- Tip the neti pot so the saline solution reaches your nostril.
- Keep the neti pot tipped while the solution runs through your nostril and leaves through your other nostril.
The solution will drain out of the nostril closest to the sink basin.
- Continue to pour the solution into your nostril until the neti pot is empty.
- Once you’ve used all of the solution, remove the neti pot from your nostril and bring your head up.
- Breathe through both nostrils to clear out your nose.
- Use a tissue to absorb remaining saline and mucus that drips from your nose.
Repeat the steps above to use the neti pot on your other nostril.
Neti pots can be a great solution for congestion, but it’s important to use caution when trying nasal irrigation. Here are some tips to help you use the neti pot safely:
- Use only distilled water, tap water boiled for several minutes and left to cool to a lukewarm temperature, or properly filtered water.
- Don’t use water that’s too hot or too cold. Water that’s lukewarm or room temperature is best for your neti pot.
- Always clean and dry your neti pot after each use. Wash the neti pot with hot water and antibacterial soap. Dry it thoroughly with a fresh paper towel, or let it air dry.
- Replace your neti pot as often as you replace your toothbrush to avoid bacteria and microbe buildup.
- Discontinue use of your neti pot if it stings your nostrils, causes ear pain, or doesn’t improve symptoms.
- Talk to a pediatrician before using the neti pot on a young child.
- Don’t use a neti pot on an infant.