Recipe for Boric Acid Eye Wash

So as I write this it is the first day of mandatory home quarantine in the state of California during Covid 19.

I am laughing as I write this and feeling a little embarrassed.  Why am I finally putting down my Grandmother’s eye wash recipe during a viral pandemic?

Leave it to me – Last night while I was flossing my teeth I had a piece of food that was stuck between one of my molars fly out from the floss and land in my right eye. I saw it coming and lifted my head up and away slightly so it landed in my eye towards the bottom. It hurt, but I flushed my eye with water and it seemed like whatever was in the eye I managed to rinse out.

Last night I woke up at about 1 am and my right I was glued shut with gunk.  I was hoping when I woke up it would be back to normal, but nope, so I am making up my Nana’s Eye Wash Recipe to see if I can get it cleared up.

My eye feels kind of heavy or swollen and is leaking a little bit.  I took a photo of my eye.

Woo Hoo it worked.  I used it in my eye 3 times and it is fine now.  I used it  at night, in the morning and one more time at night.

I make a small batch. You can easily double the batch.

Boric Acid Eye Wash


1 Cup Bottled Water Boiled

1/8 teaspoon of Boric Acid Powder


Use sterilized containers to make this solution.  My Grandma would boil the water on the stove, turn the heat off and then add the 1/8 teaspoon Boric acid and stir until the Boric acid was completely incorporated into the water. She would cool it completely and keep it in a sterilized jelly jar.

She would pour it in our eyes when we were kids and she thought we had an infection.  I like to keep it in a bottle and soak a cotton ball to put against my eye. It always worked. Boric acid is an antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal.  It reduces inflammation and itchiness. My Grandmother also used this on the dogs and I have as well with wonderful results.

(If you think you have injured or scratched your eyeball head to a Doctor right away.  Never risk your eyes!)