How to Make Glycerine Eye Drops


Most people have suffered from dry, irritated eyes at one time or another. By following a few easy steps, you can make your own glycerine-based eye drops that will save you time and money.

How to Make Glycerine Eye Drops
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Things You'll Need

  • Mason jar
  • Eye dropper
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 drops glycerine
Step 1

Boil one cup of water with one teaspoon of salt. This makes a basic saline solution. Remove from heat and let cool.

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Step 2

Add three drops of glycerine (also known as glycerol) to the liquid. Glycerine is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture; this is why it's beneficial in eye drops. Stir well.

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Step 3

Pour the mixture into a clean mason jar. Use a new or sterilized eye dropper to administer 1-2 drops of the liquid into each eye.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Glycerine can be purchased in your local pharmacy.
  • Be careful to make your eye drops as sterile as possible. To do this, clean your mason jar and eye dropper with boiling water before use.


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