Baking Soda Sinus Cleanse

Clear your sinuses quickly with this easy baking soda sinus-cleansing trick at home.

  • Using baking soda for a stuffed nose or cold provides quick sinus relief.
    Photo courtesy of Countryman Press
  • “The Baking Soda Companion” by Suzy Scherr brings together the best uses of baking soda into one friendly guide.
    Photo courtesy of Countryman Press

In The Baking Soda Companion (Countryman Press, 2018), Suzy Scherr offers her favorite baking soda secrets to make your everyday life a little brighter. With 75 recipes for cooking, beauty, cleaning, and more, Scherr combines the best baking soda tips into one comprehensive household guide. The following excerpt is her baking soda trick for a sinus cleanse.

Each year, as winter looms, I round everyone up for a fun- filled family outing to get flu shots. Once administered, I feel invincible, safe, and protected— it lasts about 20 minutes, until I remember that soon enough, the first round of whatever other lurking vaccine- less bugs out there will show up to infect my crew. This winter, when an ugly virus made its rounds, I was sick for about a day or two, but made a reasonably quick recovery thanks to my own Cold and Flu Detox Bath. I soon felt like a person again, except for MY WHOLE ENTIRE HEAD, which felt like it had been filled in with cement. One side of my face was so swollen I looked like I’d been in the ring with Rocky Balboa. Fortunately, this sinus rinse provided quick relief so I could get back to wiping other people’s noses.


• 1/4 teaspoon non- iodized salt
• 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 8 ounces lukewarm distilled (not tap) water


In a clean container, combine salt, baking soda, and water. Using a soft rubber ear bulb syringe, infant nasal bulb, or a nasal saline rinse product, such as a neti pot, use the rinse as follows:

1. Draw up saline into the bulb. Tilt your head downward over a sink (or in the shower) and rotate to the left. Squeeze approximately 4 ounces of solution gently into the right (top) nostril. Breathe normally through your mouth. In a few seconds, the solution should come out through your left nostril. Rotate your head and repeat the process on the left side.

2. Adjust your head position as needed so the solution does not go down the back of your throat or into your ears.

3. Blow your nose gently to prevent the solution from going into your ear, causing discomfort.

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