Make You Own Gatorade and Pedialyte

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I love these two recipes, I don’t have to use the pedialyte now that the girls are older. We do use the Gatorade all the time, Andy likes it this way better than the store bought. At the beginning of summer I will buy about a dozen Gatorades on sale then I reuse the bottles all summer. I hold on to all store bought bottles (Gatorade, Soda, good water bottles I don’t keep the flimsy water bottles they get holes in them to quick ) that I can get. I have saved all the ones from last summer so hopefully I won’t have to buy any more for a long time .

Home Made Pedialyte

  • 2 Quarts Water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup sugar ( You can add a little more sugar if needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt substitute (potassium chloride) 
  • 1 packet unsweetened Kool-Aid   

Mix all together well, and store in refrigerator for no more than 3 days. You can also freeze this into ice cubes to put into child’s cup or bottle. You can also make Popsicles from it.     

I like to tape this inside a kitchen cabinet door for easy reference. There’s nothing worse than a sick kid in the middle of the night and you know that you have this recipe but can’t find it and/or the stores are closed!

I stock up on Kool-Aid when they go on sale for 10 for $1. Oh the looks I get when I buy 100 or more packs of Kool-aid haha.

Never substitute the salt substitute for regular salt. If you don’t have it on hand don’t add it. This recipe has saved a bundle verses the named brand Pedialyte and even the store versions. I figure that 2 quarts costs about .25 using the regular Kool-aid (even less when using kool-aid bought on sale)

 Homemade Gatorade

  • 1 pkg unsweetened kool-aid (any flavor)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt substitute (potassium chloride)
  • 2 quarts water

Just stir until salt and sugar are dissolved. Chill.

Andy likes the grape and the orange the best, but they are all good.

7 Replies to “Make You Own Gatorade and Pedialyte”

  1. DavetteB

    We’ve been using the ORS – oral rehydration solution – recipe used around the world by UNICEF and the Rehydration Project (1/2 level tsp salt and 6 level tsp sugar per quart/liter of filtered water). They do recommend a banana or other potassium supplement, so I will try adding the salt substitute to the solution.
    PS – I discovered with a foster baby that the Pedialyte that is flavored also has sucrolose aka Splenda in it! Last thing a sick toddler needs. Good to know how to MYO. 🙂

    1. Post author

      Thanks for stopping by. It seems to be easier to get little ones to drink this instead of the store bought . Have to be so carful with store bought stuff anymore especially when it is for the little ones.
      Have a great day,

  2. Brandi Raae

    Having sick kids is no fun. So glad mine are older and hardly ever get sick anymore. 🙂 Thanks for linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays!

  3. Jann Olson

    Gatorade is expensive. This is a great alternative! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  4. Katy SkipTheBag

    This recipe seems simple enough! I know we’ve tried to buy the bulk container of dry gatorade in the past and it worked alright. I like with this we can change the flavors. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Hop!