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How to Make Glycerine Eye Drops

By Karyn Gray ; Updated July 27, 2017

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

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

  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.

  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.

  4. Tip

    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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