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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 :

  • 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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  1. Debby Martin September 11, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    Is there a pill that I can take to substitute for the SWF – I just can no longer bare to do it.

    • Mike Olaski September 12, 2015 at 7:07 am #

      Yes! It’s the smoothe move laxative. More info here:

      The SWF is optional, but if you can get it to work, try to sneak some in at least every other day. I think they help a lot.


      • Keith September 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

        This is the fourth time I’ve done the master cleanser. I usually do it for 14 days every couple of years. I drink the smooth move tea at night before bed, then do the SWF as soon as I wake up, using 1 tablespoon of sea salt. My mental trick is to think “chicken soup, chicken soup” over and over as I chug it. It seems to help me get it down. After 14 days, you’d think the waste would be rather clear, ingesting nothing but lemonade mixture and the tea + water and “sea” water, but no.

        • Mike Olaski September 25, 2015 at 6:48 am #

          Congrats on your success, and thanks for the tip! That’s a good one, as it does take like the salty campbells soup broths a little (at least enough to get it down)…

  2. RJ August 7, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

    I did the salt water flush today. It was really hard to get it down. I got all but about 4 ounces down. It took about an hour to work, and then I had to stay by the bathroom for the next 4 hours or so. I feel a little weak and out of it from it too. Is that normal? I am not doing the master cleanse, but I am doing a juice cleanse, which includes some of the master cleanse.

  3. Chloe July 10, 2015 at 6:40 am #


    I am on day 1 of the master cleanse and did the salt water flush, 32 oz. water and 1 tablespoon sea salt.

    I had a bowel movement and also vomited. Is this normal?

    • Mike Olaski July 10, 2015 at 6:58 am #

      Hi Chloe,

      You vomited because it’s pretty gross and triggers a gag reflex. That’s pretty normal. You get used to it.

  4. JIm July 9, 2015 at 9:03 am #

    I tried this the first morning with 2 heaped teaspoons in 1 litre of lukewarm water and had no result except a headache, nausea and mild kidney pain..

    The next morning I tried 2 tablespoons and the same result again. Nothing except a sinking feeling that my body now has to process a ton of salt, headaches, stomach pain, nausea…

    This morning I tried 2 MASSIVE heaped tablespoons, gave me incredible stomach pain. I passed nothing and vomited nothing. Regret trying this again…

    In the end after trying the SWF I only succeeded in creating headaches, nausea, sore kidneys, stomach pain, bloating and a foul taste in my mouth.

    As the advice in this article may be good for most; some other cases such as mine it’s a TERRIBLE idea.

    The master cleanse involves the kidneys working overtime to remove toxins from the body so anything that could put more pressure on the kidneys while on a master cleanse was an unsafe idea for myself.

    Even if I have done it wrong i’m not trying this again. It’s definitely not worth it.

    Did a lemon water enema this evening, felt great after the purge.

    • Mike Olaski July 9, 2015 at 10:45 am #

      Hi Jim,

      Sorry to hear about your difficulties.

      Couple of things:

      The SWF is optional. Consider not doing it.

      Are you using table salt or sea salt?

      Have you tried not heaping the teaspoons. The recipe calls for 2 teaspoons. Clearly increasing the amount of salt is not working.

      At the end of the day, the amount of salt in the salt water is not all that much compared to the typical daily intake. Your body can handle it. Salt water is also not very bad for you in any case. In fact, many people suggest drinking it for health benefits without the objective of inducing a flush.

      Glad to hear your feeling better anyway.



  5. Eliza June 20, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

    Can one use Epsom salt?

  6. Noel June 5, 2015 at 7:39 am #

    I mistakenly used 2 Tablespoons the first night… it wasincredibly thorough. The waste started out as a color you might suspect, and three hours later, I was passing nearly clear waste. The third night I did 2 teaspoons- with less affect. The 5th time, I used 1 Table spoon, which seems to be just right for me.

    I’d recommend experimenting with the amount of sea salt.

    Also, there is no way for me to do the flush in the morning. I’ve been doing it in the early evening, giving me enough time to expell the water and still being able to sleep.

  7. Shakira June 4, 2015 at 7:21 am #

    If the salt water flush, doesn’t flush, next time around should I add more sea salt? Currently I did one tablespoon but nothing happened just made me bloat badly….

  8. Brendan May 13, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

    I did the salt water flush and vomited immediately after. It did help flush my colon for 2-3 hours after. I felt really sick and natious for the rest of day. It’s been 3 days since and I feel horrible, weak, dizzy and major stomach cramps. Did I damage something in my stomach? I don’t think I’ll ever do the flush again.

  9. Paul April 19, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    Don’t let the non-iodized salt thing stop you. For the simple job its supposed to do, doing the flush with regular table salt works JUST FINE and is much better for your physical health on a water fast than not doing it at all. Longest water fast I’ve done = 17 days.


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