How to make an electrolyte replacement solution

Updated July 18, 2017

Electrolyte replacement solutions contain the precise balance of sugars, fluid, and minerals necessary to replace what is lost through diarrhoea, vomiting or sweating. Other beverages such as sodas, juices and sports drinks generally contain too much sugar and too little sodium to maintain the body's healthy balance of electrolytes. This drink is good for all people whether healthy, sick or simply dehydrated. Making your own electrolyte replacement drink at home can save money versus buying a name-brand solution from the store shelf.

Fill a pitcher with 1.15 litres (1 quart) water, 3 ml (½ teaspoon) baking soda, and 3 ml (½ teaspoon) salt. Stir until dissolved.

Add 36 to 72 ml (2 to 4 tablespoons) sugar or honey, more or less depending upon the desired sweetness. Stir until dissolved.

Add 120 ml (1/2 cup) fruit juice for flavour if desired. Stir thoroughly and serve. Store the pitcher in the refrigerator for maximum storage life.


You may freeze this solution in an ice cube or ice lolly tray and serve frozen, if desired.

Things You'll Need

  • Pitcher
  • Measuring cup
  • Teaspoon
  • Tablespoon
  • 1.15 litres (1 quart) water
  • 3 ml (½ teaspoon) baking soda
  • 3 ml (½ teaspoon) salt
  • Stirring spoon
  • 36 to 72 ml (2 to 4 tablespoons) sugar or honey
  • 120 ml (½ cup) fruit juice (optional)
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