171 Home Remedies for Pink eye

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Green tea, saltwater, honey.

July 11, 2014
I was so excited to come across this page because I got pink eye for the first time yesterday and did not want to have to shell out a lot of money for doctor and prescription. I'm all about homeopathy so this was great. I grew up gurgling salt water for sore throats and so knew that it helps with bacterial infections.

I also know honey is a great antibiotic. I mixed 1/2 cup boiling water with 2 tsps of salt and 1 tsp of honey. Added a green tea bag and steeped for about three minutes.
I figured the tea bag would help with the swelling on the eyelid. I let the mixture cool and then applied the mixture using a q-tip into my eye and all around my eyelid. I did this several times at first (about every 5 minutes for 20 minutes...As someone else on here had suggested) and then at least every hour until I went to bed...Which ended up being about 4 hours.

This morning I woke up...No gunk in or around my eyes, the swelling was down, my eyes were not itching and the redness was reduced to a minimum. In the morning, I simply wiped my eyes with the leftover mixture. And have had a great itch/red-eye free day. I suggest doing this at least every evening for 3-4 days just to be safe. Be sure to disinfect everything you sleep on or touch while you treat.
Oneg from District


The power of tea

June 17, 2014
Tea works! Steep regular or organic black tea, let cool. Once room temp rinse eye(s) with tea in sink. Then relax with the tea bag on your eye. Reduces swelling and helps clear infection if used at the first signs. This also works for styes. I've cured styes with black tea flushes and tea bags within a day. Also good for general eye puffiness.
Jess from Illinois


Coconut oil

June 15, 2014
If you are like me and tried basically all possible remedies but STILL seem to not be free from pink eye.. Try coconut oil!
My pink eye began in my right eye, I'm not sure from where or what but I go it. The next morning my eyes were glued shut. I put the "similasan irritated eye relief" drops in the whole day, not seeming to get many results as most people had said.

The next day I woke up with pink eye in BOTH eyes. Both eyes were glued tied shut! The next three days I went through a list of remedies, I tried: Honey and milk (helped the right eye, completely went away the same day), lemon juice, the salt water soaked cotton balls, even the vicks outside the eye trick. But none of these could help my left eye. On the fourth day I left it alone and put a wet paper towel on it every now and then to soothe the symptoms and get gunk out.
That night I put COCONUT OIL on my upper eye lid, and a little bit on the tear duct. It healed the skin making it not sore anymore and I can even say that the white was actually coming back. I put a little more on in the morning and a few hours later the white had come back. YAY!!!

Ingredients : virgin coconut oil (mine was extra virgin) Directions : rub a little outside and in the tear duct, and also on the eye lid. Before you go to sleep.
Isabella from Texas


Warm saltwater

June 11, 2014
The pinkeye is not a joke and is something you do not want to get....So people keep your hands clean! I put a coffee mug of water. Filled it half way. I put it in the microwave for 4 minutes....Added 2 1/2 tablespoons of salt. Waited until the hot salt water cooled down and got me a piece of paper towel and just squeeze the warm salt water in my eye 5 times every 5 minutes for 20minutes...Repeat until looking better.
Alexander Wright from Milwaukee


Cold milk

June 07, 2014
Get a cup of cold milk and splash some in your eye then repeat until it feels better.
Cold Milk from Cold Milk



June 01, 2014
Yesterday I was in the gas station heard a noise above my head looked up and was hit in face with gust of air from vent in ceiling immediately thought oh! My allergies..Well within ten minutes I had itching and so much eye goo mucus in both eyes it was alarming. No insurance so here I am. Try ed aloevera coconut oil and goldenseal. My eyes are sore but so so so much better.
TammyRay from Decatur


Salt water did it for me!

May 25, 2014
I woke up at 4am today with pink eye. My right eye was closed shut with nasty puss. I clean it but it comes right back with a lot of gunk. It's a Sunday and I also have no insurance so I googled remedies and found these posts.

I picked the safest method I could find, it's 5 hrs later and I can't believe I've cured it! I boiled water for 10 min. Filled a clean mug halfway and put 2 tblsp of salt. Waited for it to dissolve and cool down. I then took a piece of paper towel, soaked it in the warm salty water and squeezed the liquid into my eye, constantly rolling my eye around. I could feel a little tingle/burn.

I did this for 20 min, at 5 min increments. I then held the mug up to my eye holding my eyelids open and poured into my eye with a final flush of remaining salt water. My eye is clear and I hope this helps you.
Salt Water from Salt water


Pink eye no more

April 28, 2014
I got pink eye for the first time ever recently. Woke up with a crusted over eye and sore to the touch. Went to look in the mirror and my eye was completely red. Since I had a series of interviews this week, I immediately looked up home remedies and gave the ones I had supplies for a go. I'm not sure which one actually cured my pink eye by the next morning but I'll list them all:

1. Coconut oil (all natural from Whole Foods, put a dab over my eye and let it melt in. This provided the most relief of all remedies and immediately took away some of the redness. Vision was blurry for about 30 minutes afterwards so apply before bed.)
2. Golden Seal (at first I was hesitant to put anything in my eye so I just boiled some water, added some Golden Seal powder and dabbed in on my eye. Eventually I used a straw to add a drop of the water after it settled straight into my eye.)
3. Activated charcoal (Boiled water, added charcoal, let it settle, added a drop of the mixture of to my eye using a straw)
4. Squeeze of lime (didn't feel that great but like I said, I was willing to try everything.)
5. Garlic (I rubbed a bulb on my eyelid. The burning sensation made me think that I was drop kicking all the nasty germs in my eye.)
6. Colloidal Silver (drops in my eye once every hour.)

Honestly, my pink eye was gone by the next day. Be sure to wash your sheets and apply the remedies to both eyes since it's so contagious! Best of luck!
Alexis from Texas



April 26, 2014
I never had pink eye until yesterday. I didn't know how to get rid of it but after googling and I literally mean almost every site stated breast milk. Well I just had a baby and have milk supply, so I tried it. I put two drops in each eye wait about 2mins the placed a warm towel on my eyes repeating this three time every 3-4 hours and I'm now pink eye free.
Ashley Lee from Iowa


List of remedies

April 26, 2014
Years ago I lived and traveled in areas where there was a lot of pollution so I suffered from allergies and chronic conjunctivitis. I tried several remedies and all of these will work:
{of course some are better than others} and I will list them from the best at the top.

1. your own fresh urine - the very best - quick relief and will not sting, plus it's free.
2. pure lemon - second best, but it stings
3. honey
4. aloe vera
5. rose water (a mixture can be made of 2, 3 and 4)
6. ocean water or sea salt in water
7. comfrey solution w/ distilled water
8. golden seal solution w distilled water
9. apple cider vinegar w/ distilled water
10.boric acid solution


Honey and lime juice

April 04, 2014
I just started having a pink eye not too long ago, and wanted to find a solution immediately. After research I saw a lot people recommended honey, and a few recommended lime juice. It reminded me of the Hispanic remedy for sore throats.
Right away I mixed some raw honey in warm water, and added lime to it. I didn't use measurements I just went with what I thought my eye could tolerate. With the mixture being a little warm (not hot) I started out by adding 2 drops in my eye to see if my eye could handle it. Then added more drops. You feel a slight sting from the lime but right away it did wonders! The redness of my eye cleared a bit, and the pain and swelling went away!! :)
Lorena Moreno from United States


Tea bags

March 21, 2014
I am at this minute just got done using the tea bags on my eyes and they already feel better with the itching and burning and redness. So tonight I am going to brew another cup of tea and use the tea bags when I go to sleep and wet them as needed. I am going on almost of week of battling this pink eye and the doctor would not call anything in without being seen and I was told I would have to go to the walk in clinic and that could take hours. So I am trying the tea bags so far so good. Thanks everyone.
Tammy from Missouri


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