How to Make Saline Solution for Contact Lenses

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 Keep those eyes looking sharp with homemade contact lens solution. Contact solution cost $5 to $8 a bottle as of 2011, but you can make a liter of your own solution for a fraction of that cost with water and cooking salt. To ensure that the solution is sterile and all of your instruments are clean, use a bleach and water solution to rinse all of your tools before use. Failing to do so can result in a solution that causes eye infection and vision problems.Difficulty:Moderately EasyLiquid or powder bleach2 liters distilled or deionized water1 slightly heaping tsp. of cooking saltBoiling potSpoonFunnelSterile container1 Make a disinfecting solution using 1 tbsp. of bleach and 1 liter of water. Soak the pot, spoon, funnel and container in the water for five minutes and rinse until no bleach smell remains.
2 Place 1 liter of water in the boiling pot and add a slightly heaping tsp. of salt. Stir until dissolved. Set the pot on a stove burner on medium heat until the water begins to boil. Let it boil for five minutes.
3 Remove the solution from the heat and allow it to cool.
4 Using the funnel, pour the mixture into the sterile container. The solution does not have to be cold, but it should have cooled enough that it won't melt the container.
5 Let the solution cool to room temperature before using. The solution is best used within four months. Store in a cool, dry place.


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