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NeilMed NasaFlo® Neti Pot & Sinus Rinse Disinfection Protocol

Replace or Do Not Replace NetiPot and Squeeze Bottle used for nasal irrigation ?
Until further evidence becomes available, cleaning after every use and replace after three months.

Instructions For Cleaning and Disinfecting Sinus Rinse bottle & NasaFlo® Neti Pot & use in Dishwasher & Microwave

Before each use, look for any signs of discoloration in the bottle, cap and tube. If any discoloration is present, please clean bottle, cap and tube per directions given here.We strongly suggest that you follow all these steps after each use of the product.
  • Rinse the cap, tube and bottle using free-flowing water. Fill the bottle with water.
  • Add a small drop of dishwashing detergent to the interior of the bottle.
  • Applying the cap and tube, hold your finger over the opening in the cap and shake the bottle vigorously.
  • Then squeeze the bottle hard to allow the soapy solution to clean the interior of the tube and the cap and empty out the bottle completely.
  • Using a bottle and nipple brush (available at general merchandise stores), scrub the bottle, cap and tube thoroughly.
  • Rinse the detergent from the bottle, cap and tube thoroughly
Q. Which type of water is recommended for nasal rinsing?
A. Always rinse your nasal passages with NeilMed® SINUS RINSE™ packets only. Our packets contain a mixture of USP grade sodium chloride and sodium bicarbonate. These ingredients are of the purest quality available to make the dry powder mixture. Rinsing your nasal passages with only plain water without our mixture will result in a severe burning sensation as the plain water is not physiologic for your nasal lining, even if it is appropriate for drinking. Additionally, for your safety, do not use tap or faucet water for dissolving the mixture unless it has been previously boiled for five minutes or more as boiling sterilizes the water. Other choices are distilled, micro-filtered (through 0.2 micron), commercially bottled or, as mentioned earlier, previously boiled water at lukewarm or body temperature. You can store boiled water in a clean container for seven days or more if refrigerated. Do not use non-chlorinated or non-ultra (0.2 micron) filtered well water unless it is boiled and then cooled to lukewarm or body temperature. Do not rinse if your nasal passages are completely blocked or if you have an ear infection or blocked ears. If you have had recent ear or sinus surgery, contact your physician prior to irrigation. If you experience any pressure in the ears or burning in the nasal passages, stop irrigation and get further directions from your physician. Keep out of reach of children. Read and retain this enclosed brochure for instructions and other important information.
NeilMed® Sinus Rinse Squeeze Bottle:
Please perform routine inspections of the bottle and tube for any discolorations and cracks. If there are any visual signs of deterioration or permanent color changes, please clean thoroughly. If the discolorations remain after cleansing, discard the items and purchase new ones. Our recommendation is to replace the bottle every three months. We strongly suggest that you follow all these steps after each use of the product.
  1. Rinse the cap, tube and bottle using running water. Fill the bottle with previously boiled, distilled or drinkable water. Always Use Distilled or Micro-Filtered (through 0.2 micron) or Commercially Bottled or Previously Boiled & Cooled Down Water at Lukewarm or Body Temperature. Please do not use tap or faucet water when using NeilMed's nasal wash devices unless it has been previously boiled and cooled down.
  2. Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid or baby shampoo.
  3. Attach the cap and tube to the bottle; hold your finger over the opening in the cap and shake the bottle vigorously.
  4. Then squeeze the bottle hard to allow the soapy solution to clean the interior of the tube and the cap and empty out the bottle completely.
  5. Using a bottle and nipple brush, scrub the bottle, cap and tube thoroughly. (Available at general merchandise or baby supply stores.)
  6. Rinse the soap from the bottle, cap and tube thoroughly, and place the items on a clean paper towel to dry or use the NasaDOCK.

The NasaDOCK is a simple, hygienic way to dry and store the SINUS RINSE bottle, cap and tube. NasaDOCK comes with various hanging options, and is available in different colors. We strongly suggest using NasaDOCK as a drying device for your SINUS RINSE bottle. It is an inexpensive, easy way to dry the cap, tube and bottle.
Important Note about the use of dishwasher: While our bottle is dishwasher safe, a dishwasher will not adequately clean the SINUS RINSE™ bottle; the water jets in dishwashers cannot enter the ndouble_arrows neck of the bottle, and thus, portions of the bottle´s interior may not be cleaned thoroughly. We strongly urge you to follow our standard cleaning procedures, as described above and do not use the dishwasher.
Additional methods of cleaning the bottle include the use of concentrated white vinegar or isopropyl alcohol (99% concentration), followed by scrubbing and rinsing as described above.
Store in a cool and dry place with adequate ventilation
Note: Don´t store the bottle with cap on unless both are dry. Don´t store the wet parts in a sealed plastic bag. If you must travel before they are dry,wrap parts separately in paper towels. Liquid soap can be used for cleaning parts away from home. Don´t use in the dishwasher (the inside won´t be cleaned well) Don´t use the bottle if there is any damage or discoloration that´s not thoroughly removed. Please do not place the bottle, cap and tube in boiling water as it can destroy the plastic material.
Microwave Disinfection
Clean the device with soap and water as mentioned above and shake off the excess water. Now place the bottle, cap and tube in the microwave for 1.5 to 2 minutes. This will disinfect the device. There are no independent research studies to suggest that this is necessary, however, it is recommended by NeilMed. There are research studies in progress and it will take 1-2 years to publish the results.
NeilMed® NasaFlo® Neti Pot Users:
Apply the same principles as above.
Storage : Always store NeilMed products in a cool and dry place with adequate ventilation
Don´t store the bottle with the cap screwed on, unless both are dry. Don´t store the wet parts in a sealed plastic bag. If you must travel before they are dry, wrap parts separately in paper towels. Hand soap or shampoo can be used for cleaning parts away from home. Don't place the bottle, cap and tube in boiling water because it will destroy the plastic material.
How to use NasaFlo® Neti Pot & Sinus Rinse
 
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