How can I make saline solution?

Saline, also called saline solution, is sterile salt water. It can have different amounts of salt in it. “Normal” saline has about 0.9% salt. You can make it or buy it. To make a saline solution:
  • Get a clean storage container and mixing utensil. Either wash them in the dishwasher or boil them for five minutes.
  • Use 1 quart (4 cups) of distilled water or boil 1 quart of tap water for five minutes. Do not use well water or sea water.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of table salt.
  • Mix the water and salt well until the salt is completely dissolved.
  • Cool to room temperature before using.
Saline solution can be stored at room temperature in a tightly covered glass or plastic bottle. You can keep it for up to one week. Always label it and include the date.

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