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The Salt Water Flush (SWF)

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Salt Water Flush in the morning while doing The Master Cleanse to create a bowel movement and eliminate the toxins in your waste that is continually being eliminated during your cleanse. Since you’re not eating any solid food, you’ll need to create a bowel movement, and the Saltwater Flush will do that. You can, and should also do a laxative at night. The Salt Water Flush is optional but I find it very helpful. Many people find it difficult, but if you watch the video below, you’ll learn some of the tips and technique to make the Salt Water Flush work for you.

2 Important Tips to make sure you do the Salt Water Flush right

  1. Make sure you don’t used iodized table salt. NON-iodized sea salt is essential.
  2. The Salt Water Flush MUST be done on an empty stomach.

The Salt Water Flush is very important. I suggest to do the SWF in the morning as it is suppose to be done on an empty stomach. The process is a commitment in itself. Once you take the solution, you will have to be on guard, a bowel movement WILL be shortly coming. I don’t mean in 5 or even 15 minutes, but generally in 30-60 minutes between taking it and the first movement. The last movements will begin to wind down an hour or so after they begin. This is a, ahem… crappy process, and there is really no way to sugar-coat it. The next few paragraphs will describe in detail what you can expect.

Salt Water Flush Video


Check out the video on YouTube on how to do the Salt Water Flush

How to prepare the Salt Water Flush mixture:

Using 1 liter BPA Free Water Bottle and your teaspoon measure, mix a solution consisted of :

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  • Sea Salt - 2 teaspoons or 1 tablespoon
  • And Pure Water – 1 quart of warm water

Mix a solution of sea salt and room temperature water.

The original book says 2 teaspoons, but I have used 1 tablespoon almost every time and it works for me the same. The last time I did the cleanse, I tried it each way (once with 2 teaspoon and then again with 1 tablespoon), and each time I had success.

What if it doesn’t work?

NOTE: There have been many questions about this process. The fact is, however much some claim it hasn’t worked for them, it can work for absolutely everyone. The key is to adjust the amount of salt in order to create the right solution for your individual needs. Also make sure you don’t used iodized table salt. Un-iodized organic sea salt is essential.

Flush your system with the Salt Water Flush

Sea salt, Salt_water_flush Shake it well and move to the sink. I like to “pound it” – perhaps because I like to pretend I am still in college and the sea salt is actually a keg stand. I also move into the bathroom and stand in front of the mirror. Somehow, by watching myself, I can manage to drink the whole liter in one try, spilling very little. This too is a challenge in itself, especially once your stomach has become very small from taking no solids.

Chances are, you will feel full halfway through, so just keep going. Stopping only makes you taste the salt, and will activate your gag reflex. While it is not required to drink the solution in one go, you will find that the taste is such that you will want to get it down quickly. It is not awful, but it is not exactly pleasant, and therefore I choose to get it over with. I also enjoy the little challenge.

Salt Water Flush Tips

After you have consumed the solution, you can go about your day until nature calls. Some suggest lying on your right hand side to aid the solution on its journey through your digestive track, although I don’t find this especially helpful and so I don’t bother. For some specific tips on how to get the Salt Water Flush ” down”  that we have collected from our readers, read our related articles.

Now – what to expect when doing The Salt Water Flush.


When you first feel the rumble in your belly and your bowels, don’t go running off to the bathroom. Give it a while. Let it brew! Yeah, I know that is weird to think about, but you should let it build up. You are going to have 3-7 movements, possibly more. Generally speaking, you will end up pushing out what you put in. The entire liter of sea salt water will be immediately expelled.

Will the Salt Water Flush dehydrate me?

NO. This is because the solution is indigestible. You may have heard that, if you are stranded at sea, drinking sea water will only dehydrate you more. This is why. It just comes right out of you because the mixture has the same gravity as your blood and is not absorbed.

Of course, along with the sea salt, you will be expelling waste. During the first 2 days you will be moving out remaining solid matter in the digestive tract from the days prior to this.If you began your diet immediately, this will be more true than if you Eased-in, and therefore have only juice in your system. Nevertheless, for each day you will expel solid matter. Gross, to be certain, but also empowering. You really begin to understand the value of this process when you recognize the elimination of waste that has been stored in your body for months, even decades.


Once you feel you can no longer hold out, go to the bathroom. A word of warning while you wait for this moment. DO NOT FART!!! You will most certainly not pass only air – if you know what I mean. This is also true throughout the rest of your day. Don’t be fooled or you will be leaving work to change your shorts. The first movement will be rather large and fairly powerful. You will want to flush almost immediately. In order to understand the whole messy details, take a look… if you dare.

Stay close to a toilet and continue to move until the frequency eases. Once you can last 15 minutes without a serious movement, you are safe to go about your day. For this reason I choose to undergo this process in the evening, with nowhere else to go for the rest of the day. (Also, because I like to have a shower following, and truth be told, I am not exactly a morning person.) The Salt Water Flush isn’t exactly pleasant, but it’s critical to an effective detox.

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204 Responses to The Salt Water Flush (SWF)

  1. Sarah July 19, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    I tried the salt water flush yesterday. I threw up three times, am bloated, and haven’t gone to the bathroom yet.

    • Ozzie July 24, 2014 at 11:44 am #

      I just did it and also threw it all up within 5 minutes. I tried so hard to keep it down. I HATE doing the SWF. UGH! Just drank all that for nothing.

  2. jessica July 15, 2014 at 1:22 am #

    hey i was wondering do i do the seat salt flush first or the the master cleanse

  3. Wendy "Tigermom" April 28, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    Getting started Day-1 Just drank my SWF!!!! Let’s Go! ;)

  4. Carmen April 26, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    Can you do the flush without doing the lemonade? You see I have not gone in days and am bloated with pain. Can the flush be used for this as a one time deal when things like this happen?

  5. Chaz February 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    After doing the morning cleanse, when can we eat??? Is this a whole day process or just morning?

    • Jenn March 29, 2014 at 1:26 am #

      You don’t eat. He is referring to using the SWF during the Master Cleanse. You do not eat during the MC, you only drink the lemon/ maple syrup/ cayenne drink. I can’t say exactly the time to wait, but I believe it was about an hour later you can resume drinking your lemon drink. You want the SWF to be though your system as not to dilute it and change the salt to water ratio.

  6. Chaz February 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    You never say how long we are to go without eating……??? So when I do the cleanse at 7:00 am, when can I begin eating regular food?

    • Bria May 14, 2014 at 8:49 am #

      Hello here, I am hypoglycemic and cannot go three days without eating while doing a cleanse, usually I stick to raw veggies (cucumbers and celery) and minimal fruits (oranges and watermelon) also a low sodium veggie broth- if you feel the need for caffeine a cup of coffee with nothing in it or a cup of green tea will do the trick, however I do suggest that the coffee not be too strong (go with a light roast)

  7. Han February 15, 2014 at 6:27 am #

    I’ve done the SWF 3 times now and with the first two it was disgusting but drank the solution all in one go on a very empty stomach. Worked perfectly. Just did it today after about 14 hours of not eating and tried drinking the solution in 4 glasses. After 2 glasses i had to have a break and then i threw up about a glass full after the 3rd glass. Heated up the 4th glass and stood in front of the mirror and found it much easier to drink. I am wondering though:

    - does the SWF work properly if you throw up part of the 1 litre?
    - does the amount of solution required not depend on your gender/height somewhat? as a 5’5″ female, i would have thought i need less than a 6’0″ male.

  8. Kara February 11, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    Salt water flush

    When doing in evening how many hours before should you stop drinking the lemonade? I made the mistake of doing it on a full stomach and ended up puking the salt water up. I have done the SWF before but always am and never had a problem so I assume it is cause I did on full stomach

  9. Cam December 10, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    I have trouble with constipation (have all my life) and I was wondering if the laxatives or the SWF will work for me as easily as it says? I’m doing this cleanse mostly to lose weight, but my stomach is large and hard at the bottom, which I fear is cause from being backed up for a while and I think that’s a some of my access weight. I haven’t started the cleanse yet, but was wondering, is it worth it if I can’t lost the toxins I’m planning to flush out?

    Thank you for your time and all that you do!

  10. Alisa Soliday November 29, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    I want to start the cleanse soon. I bought my lemons, syrup,& pepper today. I usually have digestion issues (mostly diahrea) & am worried about laxatives. Any insight?


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