Three Of The Most Efficient Things I’ve Tested

Three Of The Most Efficient Things I Own: A Neti Pot, Merino Wool Boxers, and Sennheiser Headphones

I’ve tested many products over the past year. Here are three that have particularly impressed me with their efficiency:

A Neti Pot

Neti Pot: For Nasal Cleansing

Recently, I’ve been won over by a simple device: the neti pot. This ceramic pot can be used to cleanse your nasal passages. The practice of Neti comes from the ancient tradition of Yoga and Ayurveda. So how does it work? Basically, you put warm water and salt in a Neti pot. You then pour the solution in one nostril, and it comes out the other one. The flowing liquid clears your sinuses of  dirt, allergens and pollutants.

Does it string? Well, I don’t like getting water up my nose. But neti is non-irritating if you use warm water and the correct amount of salt. This saline solution matches the composition of your nasal mucus quite well. It took me a few days to get the solution and technique right.

Rhino Neti Pots

You can learn more than you ever wanted to know about Neti in the book Neti: Healing Secrets of Yoga and Ayurveda by David Fawley. The author really knows his stuff — I’ve read many books by him. Besides giving basic instructions on using the Neti pot correctly, the book goes into the more advanced uses of the Neti pot, including using it to administer herbal remedies.

Sennheiser PX 100 Folding Headphones

Sennheiser PX 100 Portable Headphones
Sennheiser PX 100 Portable Headphones

These $35 headphones from Sennheiser (PX 100s) are probably the best portable headphones available.  I’ve tried all kinds of earbuds and lightweight headphones, but in terms of sound quality and comfort, the Sennheisers are the most efficient. The PX 100s have excellent sound quality, and they are comfortable to wear. They also fold up, so that you can put them in your pocket. I’m rough on my gadgets, and the PX 100s have survived a couple of years with me. They’ve been crushed, yanked, and have endured general rough treatment. By contrast, I had a pair of portable Grado Heaphone. They sounded great but of one of the ear pieces broke after a few months.

Merino Wool Underwear

Merino Wool Boxers

You may have heard me chant the praises of merino wool clothing previously. But merino wool is particularly excellent as an underwear material. It has all the right properties: it regulates temperature, breathes and it doesn’t trap odors. It also doesn’t itch — and believe me I don’t like clothing that itches. You can also put them in with your regular laundry.

Icebreaker and Smartwool both make merino wool underwear for and women. Smartwool boxers are slightly less expensive ($35 each).


  1. JCR says:

    Why buy a neti pot when you can get an empty booster shot cartridge for free from the pharmacist? Just shoot it gently and aim a bit to the side and it works like a charm. Plus it’s small, unbreakable, easy to clean, and travels well.

    • Daniel says:

      Quite interesting!
      What does the booster shot cartridge look like? I live in England, UK, and I am not sure whether I can get it here.
      Any chance of sending a picture of that cartridge so that I may hunt for one?
      Many thanks

  2. Anonymous says:

    Regarding the Neti pot, I’ve used three different types and found what I believe to be the best type: stainless steel. Copper neti pots are preferred by traditionalists who believe the metal carries homeopathic advantages, but anyone who knows what water does to copper will quickly realize that you’ll get copper residue in your sinuses. A ceramic pot will be brittle, and likely to chip with travel or possibly break with a fall. Small cracks and chips can then become a haven for bacteria. Glass, while easy to clean, is even more likely to break. The best I’ve yet to use is stainless steel, which can be cleaned with the greatest ease, can be safely traveled with, will leave no metallic residue in your sinuses, and best of all, is practically indestructible, given normal bathroom conditions. At worst, poorly welded steel pots might have a little rust at edges, but regular cleaning will prevent this from getting into your body. My own stainless steel pot has no welding, and little gaskets are used at the only point where two metal joints meet. The gaskets will prevent rust from developing, but may someday degrade. I doubt that will happen for many years though, which means this may be the last pot I’ll ever need.

  3. Chris Butler says:

    A friend of mine at work swears by the Neti Pot and uses it all the time in the winter. Someone else at the office suggested using the Neti Pot while in the shower. You can just throw your head back and let it flow. Since you are in the shower anyway, everything just rinses off and down the drain.

  4. Regarding the neti pot — my children’s pediatrician (exposed to more virulent kid germs than anyone else I know) says that the neti pot is great, but so is the “Simple Saline” spray at the local pharmacy. It costs about $4, and lasts for several months even when used multiple times/day. It’s more portable than the neti pot, it, which is useful; for example, on airplanes that dry out nasal passages and have enclosed air exchange systems that distribute everyone’s germs during the course of the flight. So far, TSA hasn’t taken mine away.

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