Salt Water Flush

Ahhh, the magical salt water flush…

In his book, The Master Cleanser, Stanley Burroughs mentions how the “superior” method of the internal salt water bath (or oral enema) removes plaque & debris from the walls of the digestive tract and colon, as well as parasites that have been residing in there. Taking enemas or colonics is not advised and unnecessary, as well as potentially harmful. Not to mention expensive! As these methods only reach the colon (or a portion of it), the swf is a much more thorough and natural approach.


Upon awakening, add two level teaspoons of Uniodized Sea Salt to one full quart of lukewarm water. Shake well and drink entire quart on an empty stomach. You will be prompted to eliminate several times in about an hour.

Note: After drinking the saltwater, lie on your right side for 30 minutes.

If the salt water does not work the first time, you can try adding a little more or a little less salt, or drink extra water with or without the salt until you find the right balance for your system.

It is advised to drink the herb laxative tea at night to loosen the plaque debris, then the salt water each morning to wash it out. If for some reason the salt water cannot be taken in the morning, then the herb laxative tea must be taken at night and in the morning.

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35 responses to “Salt Water Flush

  1. Sonmi

    September 1, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Am starting the diet tomorrow so wish me luck

    • thecleanse

      September 1, 2009 at 8:33 pm

      Good luck to you! This diet works wonders for detox and cleansing in a very simple way. Remember to replenish with a probiotic formula afterwards since the saltwater will flush out all bacteria from the intestinal tract, including the good ones.

      • Charlotte Batcha

        April 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm

        Do u use probiotic after every day after the salt colonic?

      • pumpandshake

        April 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm

        Only prior to eating a meal. The MC doesn’t really require probiotics/supplements during the cleanse itself.

    • rubbi

      November 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm

      how did it work out for you? i’m on my 5th day and feeling good!

      • thecleanse

        November 17, 2009 at 10:54 pm

        That’s great! I am going to start another cleanse soon. I really enjoyed the level of energy I had afterwards. Not to mention the fact that I lost alot of excess weight. This time I would like to try 21 days instead of 10 – 1st half cleansing and 2nd half incorporating barley grass and probiotics.

  2. Dvaid Cuin

    February 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    for how many day’s is this for?

    • thecleanse

      February 21, 2010 at 6:09 pm

      The minimum is ten, which is what i did. But you can go as long as 14-21-30-90 days depending on your needs healthwise.

  3. 1sttimecleanser

    June 2, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    what type of probiotic formula did you use after the 10 day cleanse? do i need to be doing the saltwater flush each morning? also, while i’m at it….this is my first time doing the cleanse, i am on day 2 and i am feeling okay. my mind desires food, but my body is not unbearably hungry. at work, there is food everywhere, and my mind craves it because i know it tastes good, but my body is okay. do you have any tips for fighting these cravings? even fruit will disrupt the cleanse? Sorry for all the questions, but i want to make sure i do this right 🙂 Great journal by the way. I love it.

    • thecleanse

      June 3, 2010 at 3:08 am

      i didn’t do the probiotic formula like suggested. however, i did have some plain yogurt on hand which is good for probiotics. i also took some barley grass (or wheatgrass) powder to get some essential vitamins/nutrients back into my system and to keep it clean… the only thing i could do to help fight off the cravings was sleeping ALOT. strangely, i watched alot of the food network channel, which seemed to help for some reason – gave my ‘mind’ something to chew on… yeah, any type of food would disrupt the cleanse, including fruit… i didn’t do the saltwater flush everyday though, as it didn’t seem necessary after awhile. maybe once every 2 days. but i did drink the laxative tea every night. hope this helps. thanks for visiting and good luck!

  4. despina

    June 13, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    hello!i can’t find non iodized sea salt where i live.i just found natural non iodized salt from the alpes.”marken salz”.do you think that will do??thanks

    • thecleanse

      June 13, 2010 at 9:19 pm

      Yes, i think it’s ok as long as it is non-iodized.

  5. Missy

    August 13, 2010 at 2:09 am

    I’m planning on doing Master Cleanse and I was wondering if I could just mix the sea salt with the 1st cup that I will be drinking because I hear that it tastes really salty and nasty then follow up with the rest of the 3 cups of water?
    Also I’m doing a 10 day MC, out of those 10 days, would it be okay if I only do the salt water flush 2 days since this will be my first time ever doing the master cleanse and salt water flush. One more thing, would I still be able to chew gum when I’m on the 10 day MC?

    • thecleanse

      August 14, 2010 at 7:47 pm

      The MC is pretty simple and straightforward for cleaning out your system, so doing anything other than what’s suggested is probably not recommended. I’ve never mixed (nor have heard of anyone mixing) the sea salt w/ the tea, so I can’t give any advice on that… However, it is possible that you may not need to do the saltwater as often. I found that I only needed to do it maybe 5 or 6 times during the 10 day cleanse, since drinking the laxative tea and saltwater flush everyday seemed excessive for me personally.

  6. David

    September 20, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I hear that using rock salt is not good for you on this elimination and that it should be the sea variety 🙂

  7. Fingersfallingupwards

    January 13, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Hello, I’m about to give this cleanse a try and am wondering what the absolute maximum amount of time I can be on this cleanse is? I do realize that everyone is different, and will take that into consideration, none of the site have told me all that much of a time limit. Also would taking a vitamin ruin the cleanse in any way?

    Also if you happen to know of any long term cleanse, would you let me know?

    • thecleanse

      January 13, 2011 at 6:51 am

      I think the max is up to three months? Not sure on that one. But I do vaguely remember reading something like that. I guess if there is disease then it would take longer to cleanse. I’ve only done up to 10 days max, but I think 10-14 days is the ‘norm’. It’s not suggested to take any supplements during the MC since you’re constantly washing things out. There is some mention of this in the book Master Cleanse. For the most part I just integrate the cleanse into my regular diet/lifesyle, but if you’re doing the REAL cleanse there is just the lemonade/saltwater/laxative tea and nothing else.

      • Fingersfallingupwards

        January 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm

        Thank you so much! I love your page by the way, I found it more helpful the most the websites I’ve visited. I’ll try it for a few months, and tell you how I felt by the end of month three. I’m trying to get rid of a long term cold I’ve had.
        The only real thing I’m worried about is the transition back to food, that’ll be a tough one if I do all three months.
        Thanks again!

      • thecleanse

        January 14, 2011 at 1:23 am

        Thank YOU. I made this page because I too had a difficult time finding info, so I’m glad to be of help. After 10 days I could only eat gentler, cleaner foods like steamed veggies, plain rice, etc… I imagine the longer the cleanse the more careful you’ll have to be when integrating food/drink back into your diet, as some things could be harmful and cause serious damage (like coffee or refined sugars). I had no desire to eat anything harsh after cleansing. Once you get thru the detox phase your body should become more clear as to what it needs (or doesn’t need)… Good luck!

  8. ktb

    March 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Hello Everyone,
    just wanted to say that I have found the cleanse beneficial even if done for a shorter than recomended period of time. I have always done mine anywhere between 3 to 7 days. My first cleanse long ago was 5 days with dramatic results and the clearest skin i have ever seen. I would be incrediblly leary of going on the cleanse for 3 months, even 1 month. unless you are able to rest rest rest and have almost nothing else to do, i am afraid the diet can not sustain you. A shorter cleanse even the recomended 10 days will produce dramatic results on it’s own. I also do the cleanse seasonally, which might be a nice option if you want long term benefits and not long term commitment.
    Cheers to all involved! Thank you for creating this page and discussion group… Btw, I also love that you guys are talking about barley grass being incorporated into the cleanse. i have also always done this for the added benefits! 🙂

  9. carolina

    March 23, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Hi! i would like to know if i can drink an epsom salt bath instead of the noniodized salt? i think i saw it in another book…

    • thecleanse

      March 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm

      I don’t know nor have I ever heard of substituting sea salt for epsom salt. Sorry.

  10. san81

    April 9, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I can’t seem to keep the stuff down! Not sure if it is the volume you have to consume or the taste!

    • Charlotte Batcha

      April 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      I listen to my body. If i feel like i am crashing like my energy is on the floor then i eat bean humus and the next ray smoorhies. I have done mc about 10 times.

  11. Anita Shari

    September 27, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Try swishing Love Oil, Coconut Oil, or Sesame Seed Oil in your mouth three times per day. This will assist anyone with hunder craving and will assit you with white teeth, deeper sleep, and loss of hunger craving.

  12. Healthy Cleansing

    December 5, 2011 at 2:24 am

    I have done this cleanse several times and it is wonderful! To those asking about recommended time for the cleanse the general rule I have been given is to stay on it until your cravings for food disappear and continue on it until your appetite for food returns. At that point you may start adding foods back into your diet slowly to come off the cleanse.

  13. Christian

    March 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    With all due respect to the prior comment, (and I agree, the cleanse is wonderful), there is a more-sure and particular way to know how long one should remain cleansing for, (it’s described in the “Master Cleanser booklet”).

    We are told that as a person gets on into the cleanse, (into day two or three or four perhaps), the tongue changes color, (a chalky appearance). These are the toxins being extruded through the body-pores.

    So, after about ten to fourteen days, (aprox, depending), if and when your body is completely flushed of all the garbage that was stored in there, the tongue will return to it’s original, natural, pinkish color. Sparkly. Then you know, the cleanse is complete.

    If it’s been longer than fourteen days and the tongue is still chalky, it could mean that you either have an above average amount of trash which needs to be eliminated from your system, or that you haven’t been devoted to the proper elimination process through-out those fourteen days of cleansing.
    At this point, I’d suggest continuing on with the fast for a few more days but this time with a vigorous devotion to flushing out the junk.

    Drink the salt-water two or three times a day if you have the time and place, and with more of the herbal laxative tea also as it loosens the gunk from the inner-walls, which the salt-water-flush will get rid of. The crap got in there somehow (over time), now it’s gotta get out.

    If after fourteen days the tongue is still chalky and you simply don’t want to continue, then well hey, you’ve gone X amount of years with that “garbashe” in your body anyway, so what the heck. At least you’ve eliminated some of it right? Right? Well actually…………

    There seem to be two schools of thought on that.

    One is yes, It’s perfectly ok to stop cleansing anytime you want to regardless of whether or not the body has finished eliminating the ickies.

    The other opinion is that if your body has been full-blown detoxing for about ten to fourteen days, and is pushing them out like a locomotive, to stop the aiding of this process while it’s in full-swing, would potentially cause those toxins which are left remaining, swimming around in there, to simply be surfaced and then not eliminated. Then what? They have to be reestablished somewhere into your body?

    Would this be harmful to our bodies, OR, are these flesh-bodies of ours, these miraculous machines which our Creator has fashioned, strong enough, and equipped enough to overcome such small adversities, and able to make the adjustment which would be required to deal with any such sudden “shocks” to the system?

    Hmmmmm…………….I wonder.

    Maybe this fasting, cleansing, detoxing stuff is a more serious issue than many people give it credit for, and should thus not be taken lightly.

  14. Thomas

    April 9, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I am intrested in trying this cleanse but I don’t really understand what to do. I understand the waking up and drinking the salt water mix, and you don’t eat for as ling as the process takes place? What can you eat during this time? Do you have to drink the herbal laxitive tea? I think I would benefit greatly from this method but I would like it if someone would answer my couple of questions.


    • pumpandshake

      April 11, 2012 at 3:48 am

      Hi, if you are following the master cleanse, then there is no eating during the cleanse. Also, i believe the tea is taken at night/bedtime to allow it to break up all the debris so that the saltwater (taken in the morning) can wash it out.

  15. Darwe

    April 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I see wrong explanations over the internet about how “it doesn’t work” . it goes like this.
    It doesn’t mater how much water or salt, it matters if there is a salt at the bottom of the glass (when you stir the “preferably” warm or hot water)which indicates that the water is saturated with salt(saline solution).After you drink it , wait 30 min or 1 hour and than drink normal water (2-4 glasses,you decide),that’s when it works.

  16. Alicia

    September 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Darwe, I have found that to be true too. I usually need to drink water about an hour after I drink the salt water for it to work.

    • Tammie

      November 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      If the herbal laxative tea is necessary what brands could you recommend that aren’t hars? I will say I love the sae salt because it isn’t harsh at all.

      • pumpandshake

        April 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm

        All brands i’ve tried have been somewhat harsh. I just dilute them w/ more water or steep for less time.

  17. jeffrey t

    December 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    good stuff

  18. Berniece

    January 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I’ve had the flu or some facsimile of it for about week and I wanted to just give myself an internal bath to flush out my system of cold and flu medicines and access mucous in my digestion system.
    So making the salt water flush worked really good for me. I did add a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice which made it easier to drink the whole quart at once.


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