How to use a neti pot correctly?

Welcome, my fellow sinus warriors. If you’re reading this, odds are you’ve got some congestion issues that need fixing. Fear not, for the neti pot is here to save your sinuses! But before we dive in and start pouring water up our noses like it’s going out of style, there are a few things we need to cover.

What is a Neti Pot?

First off, let’s talk about what the heck a “neti pot” even is. Essentially, it’s a small teapot-looking thingy (yes that’s the technical term) used for nasal irrigation – meaning flushing out your nasal passages with saline solution.

Now I know what you’re thinking… “flushing water through my nose?? sounds super fun and not gross at all!” But trust me on this one – when done correctly, using a neti pot can be incredibly helpful in relieving congestion caused by allergies or sinus infections.

Choosing Your Neti Pot

Before we get started on how to actually use one of these magical devices, let’s go over how to choose which kind of neti pot is best for you:


  • Plastic: lightweight and durable (perfect for clumsy folk like myself), but may retain odors if not cleaned properly.
  • Ceramic: aesthetically pleasing but fragile (let’s just hope you don’t have butterfingers).
  • Metal: also lightweight and durable but may leave an unpleasant metallic taste in your mouth/nose.


Many different sizes and shapes exist! Choose based on personal preference or degree of portability desired.
– Taller pots work well if building pressure with leaning forward feels uncomfortable
Wearable options such as NoseBuddy allow passive pour without extension at all

Trust us when we say comfort should be king when it comes to choosing a neti pot – after all, you’re going to be shoving this thing up your nose.

Saline Solution

Now that you’ve chosen your weapon of choice, let’s talk about the liquid gold we’ll be putting in it: saline solution. This is what will help flush out your nasal passages and relieve congestion.

You can either buy pre-made saline packets or make your own at home using distilled water and salt. The most important part here is getting the ratio right – too much salt will burn like no tomorrow, and too little won’t do anything for ya.

Homemade Recipe

  • Ingredients
  • Distilled Water (1 cup)
  • Salt (1 tsp)
  • Steps:
  • Heat water until tepid
  • Add salt & stir till dissolved

How to Use Your Neti Pot Correctly

Alright, time for the main event! Using a neti pot correctly takes some practice but once you get the hang of it, trust us when we say it’s well worth it:

Step One: Positioning

  • Bent over sink with head tilted to one side resting on arm above sink
  • Breathe through mouth

Step Two: Insertion

  • Gently tilt spout into higher nostril moving forward still aligned with nostril
  • Allow gravity flow through other nostril

Step Three: Rinse & Repeat

Allow half contents of pot run out each nostril before switching sides

### Tips & Tricks for Beginners

Using something new may seem overwhelming so don’t feel pressured if there’s trial and error involved during initial attempts.
It might sound counterintuitive but breathing through your nose helps prevent fluid from running down throat. Practice makes perfect!

Here are some more helpful tips for those just starting out:

  • Relax: Neti pots only work when you’re relaxed, so take some deep breaths and chill out before diving in.

  • Use the Right Water: Only use distilled or sterilized water to avoid any potential bacterial infections.

  • Don’t Overfill: Try starting with just a small amount of saline solution at first – you don’t want to feel like you’re drowning!

  • Clean Your Neti Pot: Rinse your pot thoroughly after each use and let it air dry completely before storing.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

If you run into any difficulties while using your neti pot, fear not! Here are some common issues and how to overcome them:

Issue: It Burns!

Solution: If the saline solution burns too much, try using less salt in your mixture. Also be sure to breathe through your mouth throughout the process.

Issue: My Ears Hurt

Solution: This can happen if there’s too much pressure building up in your sinuses. To relieve ear pain, try tilting your head forward slightly while rinsing (careful not to tilt back!)

Issue: I’m Drowning Help

Solution: You may have accidentally filled up too much or tipped over incorrect way; empty more liquid from chamber & adjust angle for insertion.

### Recap

And there ya have it folks – everything you need to know about using a neti pot correctly! Remember that everyone is different when it comes nasal health so always stay patient as all experiences will differ.

Now go forth my sinus warriors – armed with this new knowledge we’ve bestowed upon you, healthy relief is now within grasp!

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