Total Time
72hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 72 hrs

After having three kids, I could have saved a lot of $ making this myself.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 7 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) packet unsweetened Kool-Aid powdered drink mix (optional)
  • 12 teaspoon salt substitute (optional)


  1. Mix all together well and store in the fridge for no more than 3 days.
  2. Make ice cubes or popsicles with this.
Most Helpful

Thank you so much. I have an invalid Mom and keeping her hydrated gets expensive ( she will only drink so much plain water and Gatrorade gets quite expensive ) Having a small son I had Kook Aid in the pantry. You saved me a small fortune. I add abit more sugar for her taste and she drinks it right down. Thank you again !!!

peachez December 23, 2002

This is a much more dilute salt/sugar solution than the rehydration formula recommnended by the World Health Organization. WHO recommends 1 tsp salt 8 tsp sugar 1 litre water While I doubt if this recipe would harm a healthy child, before I gave it to a sick one, I would check another recipe source.

marymargret November 14, 2009

Great recipe! With two children in sports, we will use this often! As for the comments on the Potassium, you get that from adding the salt substitute. The one I have is Morton salt substitue, and it contains 610mg per 1/4 tsp potassium. Thanks again for shairng this recipe...what a money saver!!

meltedcountry February 17, 2006