Homemade Pedialyte

READY IN: 6mins
Recipe by garpgump

Reuse an old 2 liter bottle and help add electrolytes, but with a somewhat healthier twist.

Top Review by Awallace05

I can't say that I've ever tasted Pedialyt, but I must say that I don't like this mix very much. My 4 yr old son didn't care for it either. We used Celtic Sea Salt, so perhaps I need to cut back on the salt in the recipe. It was very salty. I tried to tweak the taste by adding a bit of sugar, and it made it worse.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 8 14 cups water
  • 1 -1 12 teaspoon morton lite salt (Sea salt if not Morton Lite Salt. The key is to add KCl not just NaCl. Morton Lite is half and half,)
  • 12-1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon gelatin powder (Jel-O)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (If honey is not used, see below, then the recipe calls for 4-6 tablespoons of sugar, to taste)
  • 13 cup raw honey (Do not use honey if this drink is to be served to children under 12 months old)
  • 23 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4-6 lemons)


  1. Heat up 1 cup of very hot water (not necessarily boiling, but pretty hot) in a Pyrex measuring cup.
  2. Add the powdered ingredients, stir until dissolved, and transfer to your 2 liter bottle(or larger).
  3. If using honey, then pour out your honey into the Pyrex cup.
  4. Add honey to the 2 liter bottle, let it pour for 30 seconds, use 1 cup of hot water to rinse out the residual honey from the Pyrex measuring cup into the bottle. You should have a total of 2 cups of water in the bottle along with all of the ingredients sans the lemon juice.
  5. Measure out the lemon juice in the mostly clean Pyrex cup and add to the bottle.
  6. The concoction will foam up … don’t panic. Stir/shake to mix all of the ingredients. The foam will dissipate momentarily.
  7. Add the remaining water (~6.2 cups) to top off the bottle and serve over ice.
  8. You may want to stretch this recipe by adding Airborne tablets or equivalent and additional water.

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