Sliced strawberries sprinkled around and in a glass mug that is filled with water

Detox water is perfect for all those times when we’re really tired of drinking yet another glass of water—and making it is easy.

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Yes, we know that we’re supposed to drink a lot of water: 8 glasses a day, or more. We know it revs our metabolism and satisfies our thirst. Most of us know that commercial fruit juice is no better for us than soda. And more and more of us are realizing that artificial sweeteners actually often increase both our waistlines and risk of diabetes.

But… sometimes plain water just gets boring. While hot tea just seems wrong for the season and iced tea does not appeal.

Enter detox water. In fact, it’s killed our soda cravings for good.

Sliced strawberries sprinkled around and in a glass mug that is filled with water

What is it?

Detox water is also known as fruit infused water, infused water, or fruit-flavored water.

Making it at home is easy, fast, and tastier, cheaper and better for you than anything in the store.

The basic detox water recipe consists of half a gallon or two liters of purified or distilled water, some thinly-sliced fruit or vegetables (see instructions), and some spices or herbs. You are limited only by your imagination, but the following recipes will have you creating your own detox water recipes in no time.

Antioxidant Spa Detox Water

  • 2 limes, thinly sliced
  • 16 strawberries, thinly sliced
  • About 24 basil leaves, torn and bruised (feel free to substitute mint if you prefer)

Apple-Spice Detox Water

  • 1 apple, thinly sliced (if your favorite is a small varietal, use 2)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Optional: ½ cup / 70 g cardamom pods, lightly cracked

Classic Spa Detox Water

  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced

Optional additions (mix and match to your taste):

  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup / 90 g pomegranate arils, lightly bruised
  • ½ cup / 70 g juniper berries, lightly cracked
  • About 24 basil leaves, torn and bruised
  • About 24 mint leaves, torn and bruised
  • About an inch of ginger, peeled and sliced to the thickness of a coin

Grapefruit Detox Water

  • 2 grapefruits, sliced thinly (or an equivalent amount of citrus fruits to your taste)

Mango and Ginger Detox Water

  • 1 whole mango, peeled and cubed
  • About an inch of ginger, peeled and sliced to the thickness of a coin

Watermelon Mint Detox Water

  • About 24 mint leaves, torn (feel free to substitute basil if you prefer)
  • 2 cups / 150 g cubed watermelon

Pepperberry-Kiwi Detox Water

  • 2 cups / 260 g fresh or frozen, red or black raspberries
  • 2 kiwifruits, sliced thinly
  • ½ cup / 70 g whole black peppercorns, lightly cracked

Blue Nectarberry Detox Water

  • 2 cups / 300 g fresh or frozen blueberries or bilberries, lightly cracked
  • 3 nectarines and/or peaches, sliced thinly


  1. Before slicing, wash produce with this fruit and vegetable wash to remove dirt and pesticide residues. (The link takes you to an excellent one, using common kitchen ingredients.)
  2. Place ingredients in a half-gallon or 2-liter pitcher.
  3. Fill with your choice of still water. (Do not use sparkling water for this; it will lose it’s fizz during the steeping time. ( )
  4. Allow the detox water to steep 4 hours or more in your refrigerator (for the best flavor, allow to steep overnight) then drink throughout the day. Detox water will stay fresh for 24 to 48 hours.)
  5. You can usually reuse the ingredients 2 or 3 times before they lose their flavor.

For a super-light, super-tasty alternative to soda, use fragile fruits, such as berries or citrus, and herbs like mint. Muddle, or bruise gently, in a glass, then add sparkling water. Enjoy immediately.

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  1. Sorry but have ever you ever googled Truvia
    I use pure stevia leaf or liquid that l get from Canada.The liquid dose is one or two drops of stevia to one spoon of sugar.
    Trivia is one spoon to one spoon of me this tells me how much filler is added

  2. Hope i’ts not too late – please change my logged name to Yomyom. Thanks. I have not started the diet yet, as I would like to clarify some issues but I tried the Antioxident Spa Detox water today. Found it very refreshing. Will try other flavours. Is there anyway I can talk to someone? Thanks


    16th January 2017

    • Hi, Yomi. I have submitted your request for a username change to tech support (if you want to reach them directly, just click on the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of each site page).
      Regarding your other questions – you can “talk” to me here. What issues would you like to clarify?

  3. Hi Ossi I have Recently just join it was fun to try the Soup Sweet potato Carrot Exctra My wife and Daughter would not have any they thought it was too bland it takes me tree days to finish I drink Volvic water we also use it for tea as we don’t drink a lot of tea I have 1 cup of ground COFFI and 1 cup of Mint Tea per day the rest is Volvic water and I also do Daly Exercise 2200 Reps

  4. I’ve started my trim down today. I’ll definitely have a go on detox water, I drink a lot of water. I’ve purchased a fruit infusing water bottle online. This will be handy to take to work.

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