Monday, June 29, 2009

Saline Recipe

I am attempting to make my own 3% saline for inhalation this evening and I thought I would share my recipe I received from a fellow CFer, Tara. It is cooling down right now so we will see how it works tomorrow night. Hopefully I done good LOL


1. Sea Salt (without Iodine)

-you can find this at your grocery store

2. Gallon of Distilled Water

-again, found at the grocery store

3. 1 Liter bottle

-Look at your drugstore. You want one that is thick enough to hold hot water without melting the plastic

4. Pot to boil the water

5. Measuring spoons (teaspoon) *note 1 gram sea salt is approximately equal to 1 teaspoon sea salt

For 7% saline you add 7 grams of sea salt to 1 Liter of distilled water. (technically you should also add 7 extra teaspoons of water to get exactly 7% solution.) Mix the water and the sea salt. Bring it to a boil and then let it cool. You can even do this in the microwave for added convenience!

Store the bottle in fridge, tightly sealed

I would recommend making a new batch once a week. I would also recommend pouring from a new bottle of distilled water each week. It's very cheap and very easy. And if you want a stronger or weaker concentration just change the amount of sea salt. For example, for 3% solution use 3 grams sea salt in 1 liter of water. For 10% solution, use 10 grams sea salt in 1 liter of water.


  1. Let me know how it goes Amy. I am thinking of trying it rather than pay $50.00/mnth for salt water!!!


  2. Thanks for that...I know another CFer who makes his own 7% and he highly suggests it. He received the "recipe" from a pharmacist.

    Let us know how it goes.


  3. I will be sure to!!!!

    Go for it Kevin! I am doing this since the 3% is on back order and I am tired of paying $20 a month for it. It's not much but it adds up especially with my other co-pays.

  4. We often make ours and M says he feels better with the one we do ourself. To make it even easier we take a saline syringe and empty it then boil it and pull the home made 7% up in the syringe. We do 14 a week so we have 1 whole weeks worth.

  5. Hilarious. Simply hilarious.

    What do you have on tap regarding Tobra?

    Just kidding!! Goodnight, crazy, but thrifty lady.


  6. If I could make my own Tobi I would be in heaven! LOL!!!

    Thanks Kellee I hope this works for me too! I even added a slight amout more than 3 ts to make it a bit stronger since the 7% is way too much for me to handle. I can work my way up like this wohoo!!!!