How to Clean Dirt from Your Nose


Mansi asked: How do I clean dirt from the inside part of my nose?

Though it may sound odd, cleaning out your nose, also known as nasal lavage, is common and helps many allergy, sinus and cold sufferers. The process is simple, but it requires the right technique. If too much pressure is applied, it will cause pain and discomfort. If not enough pressure is used with the spray, it will not reach high enough to really clean out the sinuses. Whether you’re looking for a quick cleaning or relief from cold symptoms, here are the steps to clean the dirt from your nose.

You Will Need:

  • Saline nasal spray
  • Soft cloths or tissues

Steps to Clean Out Your Nose:

  1. Begin by gathering all of your materials. If desired, there are nasal cleaning kits available. These have squirt bottles that will force the water further into the nasal passage for a more thorough cleaning. For simply removing dirt from the inside of your nose, a regular nasal saline spray should be sufficient.
  2. Spray the saline into your nose.
  3. Allow it to drip back down.
  4. Gently blow your nose into a tissue to remove loosened dirt and mucus.
  5. Repeat if necessary.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Removing excess mucus offers relief from colds and allergies. With a majority of the mucus removed, the small cilia are able to remove the rest more effectively.
  • Some individuals, especially those that suffer from infections and allergies often find relief from daily nasal cleaning to remove dust, dirt, pollen and mucus.


  1. Fran says:

    Gentle washing with only warm water sounds best and works best for me – a thin cloth or washcloth wrung as much as possible. Gently wipe inside each nostril using a finger that gives you room to wipe. Stop when the cloth emerges without a spot of mucous. BE GENTLE. DO NOT IRRITATE your nose.

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