Homemade Electrolyte Drink (DIY Pedialyte)

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We’ve been felled by a stomach virus. Dear Lord, it is disgusting. When we ran out of Pedialyte for the 2nd time, I decided that this was the universe’s way of telling me to try making my own electrolyte drink (something that had been on the “to-attempt” list for a long time). This recipe got lots of great feedback when it was posted on Cheeky Bums (I love their tag line!). We liked the flavor and the ingredients list. No dyes, no artificial preservatives, no flame-retardant chemicals, no plastic bottles. This was a win for us.

DIY Pedialyte

Little Hippie is happily sipping this through a crazy straw right now, reading a Simpsons comic book with her dad. I’m going to hit “Publish” on this post and then get back to the 9 loads of laundry this bug has generated over the past 36 hours. We’re all crossing our fingers that we won’t have to come back to this recipe anytime soon!


  • 1 quart water
  • Lemon juice (from 2-3 fresh lemons)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. sea salt


  1. Pour a cup or two of warm water into a pitcher or 1-qt mason jar.
  2. Add the honey and salt, stirring to dissolve.
  3. Add lemon juice, then add the rest of the water.
  4. Stir, chill and serve.

4 thoughts on “Homemade Electrolyte Drink (DIY Pedialyte)

  1. Here’s to hoping I will never have to use this recipe…but, just in case, I’ll keep the recipe taped to the medicine closet door…thanks!

    • You can make it with freshly-squeezed oranges, too – in case you are out of lemons when a bug strikes. Just use less honey. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

    • I’m not sure how long it keeps, Micah – we’ve always ended up using it within 48 hours or freezing it. The electrolyte ice cubes make awesome slushies, and I would imagine that would be great for labor. It is WAY tastier than plain old ice chips. I hope this works for you and that your labor is so easy that you barely even NEED the electrolytes 🙂

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