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 bottle they get holes in them to quick ) that I can get. I have saved all the ones from this 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
7 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt substitute
1 packet sugar-free Kool-Aid*
*optional but gives flavor
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.
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 showed my pediatrician this and she actually hands it out to her patients. I have used regular Kool-Aid since it is optional anyways for even more savings (they go on sale 10 for $1). I never substitute the salt substitute, regular salt dehydrates. 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.
1 pkg unsweetened kool-aid (any flavor)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon salt substitute (potassium chloride) 2 quarts water
Just stir until salt and sugar are dissolved. Chill.