Neti Pot Tap Water
Easy, But Potentially Deadly

Neti pot tap water is ultra-cheap and super-easy to get. Just stroll over to the faucet, turn the handle, and you're good to go. Or are you? Well, it depends. Because here's the question - is unfiltered water straight from the tap really the best choice for your neti pot solution?

We all know, neti pot solution requires two things -- water and salt. By now, you probably realize you can't use just any old salt from any old shaker. But how about any old water from any old faucet?

Neti pot tap water, meaning water straight out of the tap, is supposed to be pure, but is it pure enough to irrigate your sinuses?
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The Bottom Line: Neti pot water straight from the tap isn't your safest option. In fact, in very rare cases, it can be deadly.

True, here in the United States, where I live, we're blessed with very good water quality, but that still doesn't guarantee it's the best choice for nasal and sinus irrigation. Here's why. Safety is relative, and when the authorities evaluate tap water as "safe for use," they generally mean safe for drinking and bathing, not necessarily for nasal irrigation.

In very rare cases, some very nasty things can make their way into your tap water, and you won't want those things to get anywhere near your nasal passages. Why? Because there are very rare, but very tragic instances of people dying from using contaminated neti pot tap water.

And even if your water is free of amoebas or other nasty things, it's still smarter to choose other neti-pot water options, and here's why. Regular tap water, aka, neti pot tap water, is prone to have minerals and chlorine that can irritate your sensitive nasal passages.

Sure, this problem is very unlikely to kill you, but still doesn't mean it's okay. If nothing else, boil the tap water and let it cool to a comfy temperature.

Signs of Non-Neti-Friendly Tap Water. Think about your own water. How does it smell and taste? Look for clues to its chlorine content.

For example, every once in a while I'll take a long bubble bath, and forgot to drain the tub right away. Later, I'll walk into my bathroom and notice a faint chlorine aroma in the air. That smell is coming from chlorine that used to be in the water.

If I put that tap water in my neti pot, that chlorine would've been running through my nasal passages. And, have you ever left a clear glass of water on the counter, only to find vague floaties nestled in the bottom later?

Are you more selective about your drinking water than your neti pot water? If so, why? Here's a question to consider. These days, a lot of people are careful about the kinds of water they drink, careful to avoid too much chlorine and other impurities. (At my house, we drink filtered water, and find it particularly tasty.)

If you're one of these people and feel that the water out of your tap isn't quite up to par, why put it in your neti pot? In short, would you put something in your nasal passages that you wouldn't put in your mouth? Remember, safety should be your number-one priority, which is why neti pot tap water isn't a good choice.

Cheap Neti Water Alternatives. If cost is a concern, and you don't want to splurge on distilled water for your neti pot, you still have other options that are cheap, easy and virtually guaranteed to be better than better choices than neti pot tap water.

Better safe than sorry, if you ask me.

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