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Gargling (same root as 'gurgle') is the act of bubbling liquid in the mouth. It is also the washing of one's mouth and throat with a liquid, such as mouthwash, that is kept in motion by breathing through it with a gurgling sound.

A traditional home remedy of gargling warm saltwater is sometimes recommended to soothe a sore throat.[1]

A study in Japan has shown that gargling water a few times a day will lower the chance of upper respiratory infections such as colds, though some medical authorities are skeptical.[2]


  1. ^ Anderson, Chris C. (2018). "Does Gargling with Salt Water Ease a Sore Throat?". WebMD. Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved 2021-08-24.
  2. ^ Boyles, Salynn (2005-10-19). "Does Gargling with Water Prevent Colds?". WebMD. Retrieved 2015-04-30.