Skinny Cheap Diets: The Yummiest Detox Water Recipes to Try

Just because you want to detox and lose some weight in the process doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot on pills, supplements and diet books. It doesn’t have to taste nasty either. Just drink a glass of delicious detox water three times a day.

These infusions contain all the detoxing goodness of their ingredients and have a whole bunch of other benefits too. Let’s begin by looking at some of the ingredients you can use and why they’re good for you.

Ingredients Benefits

Lemons, Limes, Grapefruits or Oranges

  • Contain antioxidants that fight toxins
  • Improve your digestion
  • Build you immune system
  • Freshen your skin
  • Reduce cholesterol
  • Boost metabolism for weight loss


  • Gets rid of toxins
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves digestion
  • Aids weight loss
  • Anti-cancer
  • Rich in minerals

Berries (Raspberry, Blueberry, Strawberry)

  • Rich in toxin-fighting antioxidants
  • Fight inflammation
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Anti-cancer


  • Get rid of toxins
  • Help with weight loss
  • Anti-cancer
  • Strengthen immune system
  • Promote heart health

Kiwi Fruit

  • Full of toxin-fighting antioxidants
  • Rich in essential minerals
  • Heart health
  • Improve digestion


  • Flush toxins
  • Isotonic rehydration
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Strengthen immunity


  • Boost metabolism for weight loss
  • Improves digestion
  • Fights heart disease
  • Anti-diabetic
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Full of antioxidants


  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces cramps and bloating
  • Lifts your mood
  • Perfect for your skin

Basil or Rosemary

  • Antioxidants get rid of toxins
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces depression
  • Anti-cancer
  • Fights bacteria


  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces bloating
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-diabetic
  • Anti-cancer

Detox Water Recipes

It’s so easy! Just make sure you leave your detox water with fruit and all in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours before you drink it. This allows the goodness of the ingredients to be transferred to the water.

For all of these recipes:

  • Use a large jar or pitcher.
  • Pack it with sliced fruits.
  • Add herbs or spices.
  • Top up the container with ice water.
  • Place it in the fridge for at least two hours or overnight.

Whether or not you eat the fruit afterwards is up to you. Does it sound wasteful? Just think what you’d spend on vitamin water from a store, and it wouldn’t be half as good for you. Get your kids to try your detox water; it’s a lot better for them than store-bought soft drinks.

Eating the fruit is great if you want a bit of fiber to reduce your appetite and help with your weight loss. You’ll also get the last of the goodness out of the fruit.

Orange & Kiwi*

For every two cups of water use 2 cups of ice and add:

  • One sliced orange
  • Two peeled and sliced kiwis
  • A twist of mint (optional)

Raspberry & Mint*

For every two cups of water use 2 cups of ice and add:

  • One cup raspberries (whole)
  • One-quarter cup of mint leaves
  • A handful of fresh mint leaves (optional)

Blueberry & Lime (or lemon)*

For every two cups of water use 2 cups of ice and add:

  • One cup of blueberries (whole)
  • One lemon or one and a half limes

Strawberry & Basil*

For every two cups of water use 2 cups of ice and add:

  • One cup strawberries
  • One-quarter cup basil
  • One sliced lemon (optional)

Lemon & Cucumber*

For every two cups of water use 2 cups of ice and add:

  • One sliced lemon
  • Quarter cucumber sliced

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Watermelon & Mint

For every two cups of water use 2 cups of ice and add:

  • One cup of sliced watermelon
  • One-quarter cup of mint leaves
  • Quarter cucumber sliced (optional)

Apple & Cinnamon

For every two cups of water use 2 cups of ice and add:

  • One sliced apple
  • One cinnamon stick

Strawberry, Lemon & Grapefruit

For every two cups of water use 2 cups of ice and add:

  • Quarter cup strawberries
  • One lemon (sliced)
  • One grapefruit (sliced)

Raspberry, Kiwi & Lemon

For every two cups of water use 2 cups of ice and add:

  • One cup raspberries
  • Two kiwis (peeled and sliced)
  • One lemon or lime (sliced)

Strawberry, Kiwi & Cucumber

For every two cups of water use 2 cups of ice and add:

  • Quarter cup strawberries
  • One kiwi (peeled and sliced)
  • Quarter of a cucumber (sliced)

Cucumber Combos

Believe it or not, cucumber is one of the healthiest and most refreshing ingredients for making detox vitamin water. Combine it with a variety of ingredients. The flavour is relatively neutral, so it goes well with various ingredients. For example, lemon, mint, and basil all go very well with cucumber. For a classic cucumber water, lemon and mint are the go-to combos.


To add the tang (and benefits) of ginger to just about any combo, replace one cup of water with one cup of pre-brewed ginger tea. Make it using about half a dozen slices of ginger steeped in hot water and allowed to cool before use.

Other Ingredients to Try

Almost any fresh, seasonal fruit can add to your detox vitamin water combos: peaches, pineapples, and grapes are all great ingredients to try. You can also experiment with a variety of herbs, including sage, thyme, and lemon balm. They all add to the flavour, and while sage and thyme share similar benefits to basil, lemon balm has similar properties to mint.

Try these combos:

  • Pineapple & mint
  • Watermelon & rosemary
  • Blackberry (or other berries) & sage
  • Citrus, basil & mint
  • Peach, lemon & pineapple

Mix & Match

Once you’ve tried a few of these easy recipes, you’re ready to get creative. Vary the proportions of ingredients to suit your taste, and try new combos. The possibilities are endless!

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Irina Vasilescu :Irina Vasilescu is our crafty designer. She joined the team three years ago and is also involved in the writing process.

View Comments (9)

  • Thanks for these, I love them. I have tried to make things like this in the past but I have never been able to make something that tastes all that nice, so I am hoping that I will be able to do so now with your ingredients list. It is also interesting to read what each fruit does - as this means that I might be able to target the ingredients based on the effects that I am hoping to achieve!

  • I did not realize so many of these were anti-cancer thanks for sharing that with us! To be honest though I am not a huge fan of juice unless its closer to natural and not a fan of flavored water. I like my water ice cold. I do love many of the ingredients listed though.

  • I'm not convinced that detox works to be honest, although these drinks would be nice to enjoy on a summer day in the garden, and of course the fruit is good for you generally, so there's no harm in enjoying these drinks - just don't expect miracles from them.

  • My sister introduced me to detox water a while ago and now I would drink some lemon to begin my day and before I sleep. I know that detox water was good but I never knew the benefits of each ingredient. I'm going to try the raspberry mint recipe and see how it tastes. I'm definitely going to refer back to this from time to time and try all the recipes.

  • This is actually very wonderful. When you're just not in the mood for normal water, adding fruits adds a fun and healthy twist! Thank you for your ideas!

    • Hi Marie,

      Great choice! The orange and kiwi combo is really delicious.

      Thanks for reading us.