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- Mix 1 cup of warm (body temperature) water, 1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt, and a pinch of baking soda until the salt and baking soda are completely dissolved. (If you’ve never done this before, start with the smaller amount of salt, and work up to the maximum as you get used to it.)
- Pull your hair back into a ponytail, or put it up to keep it out of the way so that you don’t get the draining water and mucus into it, and fill your neti pot or ear bulb with the mixture.
- Stand over the sink, lean your head to one side (do not tilt it back or the drainage will go into your throat instead of draining out of your nose) and insert the ear bulb into your upper nostril, squeezing gently and allowing the water to drain out of the other nostril.
- Refill the ear bulb, tilt your head to the other side, and repeat the process to flush the other nostril.