Neti Pot Use: A Step-by-Step Guide

A neti pot is an effective home-based treatment for nasal congestion. This article will teach you how to use this container to irrigate your sinuses and nostrils.

Step 1

Use the neti pot in a room that has a sink or shower to wash the mess away after:

● Add the saline solution to a clean and dry neti pot.
● Bend over the sink and stare straight down into the basin
● Turn your head at a 45-degree angle
● Press the neti pot spout into the nostril closest to the ceiling.
● Make sure there’s a seal between the neti pot and your nostril

Step 2

You need to breathe through your mouth for this step:

● Tip the neti pot so the saline solution gets to your nostril
● Keep the pot tipped so the solution runs through one nostril and goes out the other.

Step 3

At this point, the solution will pour out of the nostril near the sink basin:

● Keep pouring the solution into your nostril until the neti pot is empty
● Take the pot out of your nostril and lift your head
● Breathe through both nostrils to clear your nose
● Use a tissue to clean the remaining saline and mucus dripping from your nose

Step 4

Repeat the previous steps to allow the saline solution to flow through your other nostril

Benefits of Using Saline Solution in a Neti Pot

According to a 2009 study, saline solution could:

● Cleanse your nasal cavity
● Improve your respiratory system’s ability to self-clean
● Remove inflammation-causing elements

You can use the Neti pot once a day to treat sinus congestion. If it’s effective, you can use it twice daily while you still have symptoms.

Safety Tips

Neti pots are an excellent solution for congestion, but you need to be cautious when trying nasal irrigation. These are some tips to help you use the neti pot safely:

● Use only lukewarm or room-temperature water for your neti pot
● Replace your neti pot regularly to avoid bacteria and microbe buildup. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, plastic pots every 3 to 4 months
● Use only distilled water or completely filtered water.
● Always clean and dry your neti pot after using it. You can wash it with hot water and antibacterial soap and dry it properly with a fresh paper towel.
● Stop using your neti pot if it stings your nostrils or doesn’t relieve your symptoms.


Neti pots are a safe and effective way to reduce upper respiratory congestion. However, you need to prepare your saline solution safely and clean your neti pot after each use.

You should also consult your doctor if the neti pot doesn’t relieve your symptoms or if it irritates your nasal passages.