How Can I Make the Salt Water Flush Easier?

We cover the main salt water flush instructions in another post, but these special instructions are for those who can't seem to get it down so that it's effective as their daily detox elimination.

We know that many people report they can't stand the Salt Water Flush. If it isn't the taste (or after-taste), its the volume of liquid. Here is our definitive list of tips that we've used, or from our readers that we might not have tried yet, but are sure to make the salt water cleanse easier.

Secret Techniques for the Salt Water Flush Instructions


  1. Chug It: Or as I like to call it “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 in front of the mirror
  1. Focus: 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.
  2. Shoot & Chase: I haven’t tried this method but it seem reasonable. Split your water into two 500 ml containers. Mix all the 2 teaspoons into 1 container. Drink that one first. Then chase it with the plain water ASAP. That’s critical because you want the two “doses” to mix into one inside your stomach. This should cleanse your palate quickly, removing the taste of salt and getting your mind off the unpleasantries.
  3. Use a straw to drink the mixture. You won't have to taste so much as the liquid does not pass over most of your tongue. Remember to breathe or you might get a head rush.
  4. Add the juice from 1 lemon. This is a popular suggestion. We are taking in lemon already, so no harm done. I wonder about how it effects the Specific Gravity of the solution.
  5. Brush your teeth first. The mint from your toothpaste will help disguise the taste.
  6. Warm the water: Use warm to mildly hot water. Readers report it makes the mixture taste a little like soup.
  7. Drink it slowly. Break up into 6 small cups and shoot it back. Or 5 glasses and sip 1 per minute.

Faulty Instructions for the Salt Water Flush

  1. Putting the salt in capsules. NO! It needs to be a SALT WATER flush. Keyword. Water.

For a complete list of our top tips about the salt water flush in general, check out this post, and be sure to learn all about what the salt water flush is, and why we do it here.

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16 Responses to How Can I Make the Salt Water Flush Easier?

  1. John Lee January 31, 2018 at 8:19 pm #

    Years ago a did a sea salt cleanse where I swallowed the salt first then drank the water. I found it easy to get the salt in my system this way. I can’t seem to find the particular recipe. I believed it was a week long and at the end of 5days a two foot stool came out. Do you know of this?

  2. Celeste July 24, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

    When you say take the SPF on an empty stomach, what are you saying? Are you saying we should drink any lemonade before doing it? If a drank the lemonade mixture, how many hours should I wait before doing the SPF?

  3. TJ March 31, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    I can’t believe how incorrect all of these replies about the Salt Water Flush are. You’ve all obviously never read the book. You’re not supposed to use iodized salt. You’re certainly not supposed to put it in a capsule, and then just drink water. 2 teaspoons of non-iodized sea salt in 32oz of water, and then down the hatch. This dilution of salt water is not absorbed, and passes through the body, and is “emilinated”. It is designed to flush the intestines and colon from the inside.

  4. LUNA BELLA September 6, 2013 at 11:01 am #


  5. Heather August 22, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    lemonade diet day 2
    Is putting the salt in capsules and drinking 32oz of water an option? I make myself believe I’m drinking a bloody mary but the last cup just gets me.

  6. Lady G July 12, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    I started the salt water cleanse 4 days ago and I’m losing a pound a day. What foods should I restrict while doing my cleanse?

  7. jessica February 25, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    I simply cant drink the salt water. My gag reflex is over powering. Im currently putting the salt in thin pill capsules and then drinking the liter of water. this way i can at least get it all down. Sometimes it works and other times it still makes it way up. Is there a better way to keep the mixture down?

    • bb April 23, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

      Yes; Make the water Hotter!!! The hotter the water the less gaggy it is. It should be just cooler than a hot cup of coffee so you can gulp it down in 5 to 10 minutes. Also: It works better if it is done within a few minutes of waking. Do not eat or drink anything else. I have done the saltwater cleanse DAILY (2 level teaspoons of mortons iodized salt to 1 Quart hot water) for 34 years. As Mr. Black said, it is the greatest thing.

  8. Scott October 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Is there any reason I could not just dissolve the required amount of salt in 1 or 2 ounces of water for the SWF then chug a quart a clean water afterwards? I would still intake the same amount of water and salt but would not have to taste salt the whole time. A”shot” of salt water while more concentrated at first is easily diluted by the water “chaser” especially if lemon is added.

    • Brenna October 26, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

      I used to do it this way the first time I did the MC and it worked just fine! It was a lot easier on my taste buds to quickly drink all the salt with some water and then drink clean water to make sure I got enough.
      (This may sound odd but I jumped around a little bit after I was done to essentially “mix” it in my stomach :P)

    • Scott October 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

      I am answering my own question. I am at day 5 and doing fine. I dissolve 2 tablespoons of sea salt into a mug with about 2oz of hot water. I use hot so the salt will dissolve more easily. I then add another 2-3 oz. of cold water with lemon juice to cool it down and help with the flavor. I chug the mixture and then immediately chase it with 16 oz of cold water flavored with lemon juice. I wait a few minutes to let that all settle then drink another 16 oz to get the whole liter down. It has worked fine without any nausea.

    • bb April 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

      Yes it is important to mix the water and salt in the right proportion. (2 level teaspoons of table salt to 1 Quart very warm, almost hot, water). This matches the salinity of the blood. When you drink it first thing in the morning it rushes into your blood stream, flushing and cleaning your blood system and carrying away impurities that bond with the Na and Cl. Of course it cleans your colon too. You can do this every day. I have for 34 years.

  9. Joanne Brisker September 1, 2011 at 6:07 am #

    Can i do the master cleansing if i have Diabetis,Can i do the SWC if i have high blood presure.

  10. Callie August 4, 2011 at 5:55 am #

    Today is my first day attempting the master cleanse. I have just tried the salt water rinse and could not keep it down. Although my sinuses are now cleaned out I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the goal. I can get past the salt taste. I think it was a matter of the volume of the liquid. I was super full abs felt nauseous immediately. Any suggestions?

    • Ginevera September 2, 2011 at 9:22 am #

      You could try to drink it more slowly. This should also be done on an empty stomach.

    • bb April 23, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

      Make the water Hotter !!! Also mix exactly 2 level teaspoons with water in a very clean glass quart canning jar. Plastic has a nasty taste. Mix it frequently while you drink it. I have done it daily for 34 years. I like to say it remove 90% of the discomfort of having a human body

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