The DIY Dirty Lemon Detox

There’s this company that’s been around for awhile but recently starting showing up more on my news feed: The Dirty Lemon.

The Dirty Lemon is a beverage company that makes detoxifying, beautifying drinks  guaranteed to make us all flat-stomached and clear-skinned without having to make any major changes to our diets. In other words, they’re about having your pizza and eating it, too. (I love when a company is about something amazing that seems totally antithetical to actual science. That’s not sarcasm– I really do!)

If you want this Dirty Lemon Detox, you can only order via text message, and you also have have some disposable income because these babies are $65/case, and you can’t buy single-serves.

Given my propensity for mysterious, science-defying elixirs and my unwillingness to shell out the cash for an entire case, I got to thinking about a DIY concoction with all of the same ingredients. How hard could it be? Also, I just had a monster week at work which resulted in 0 workouts and many cans of Kickstart. It felt like the right time to do a little detoxifying.

In the basic Dirty Lemon Detox, the ingredients are filtered water, cold pressed lemon juice, dandelion root, ginger root, and activated charcoal from coconut shells. They have some souped-up beverages, too, one of which contains actual collagen and horse hair (??), but as those ingredients were not at my local bodega, I just stuck with the basics.

(NOTE: Activated Charcoal is a very powerful detoxifying agent and it will blindly bind to anything in your body once consumed. Make sure you are leaving a healthy window of 3 hours or so before/after consuming medication. PLM is not responsible for any babies who result from trying this recipe.)

I skipped the Dandelion Root, but if you wanted to include that you could order it in liquid form here.  I also added honey, because duh. Activated Charcoal in powdered form was the hardest thing to find, but I was able to grab some from Whole Foods. (Also available on Amazon.)

As I feel with most cleanses or supplements, I’m not sure how me feeling better has to do with the actual drink vs. placebo effect vs. having healthier habits overall. BUT, this tastes pretty darn good. And it’s black, which weirdly looks super chic– and won’t turn your mouth colors, either. (In fact, Activated Charcoal is a teeth whitener! Bonus!)

Cheers to this easy–and cheap–way to detox.


8 oz water

2 teaspoons Activated Charcoal

1 lemon

1/2 teaspoon honey

1 nub ginger root (is “nub” a term of measurement?)


I’m not going to insult your intelligence like that. Mix all this stuff together. The only complicated part is probably shredding the ginger root down, which you can do with a basic grater/knife.


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  • Reply
    November 24, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Thanks for this! I have been curious about that brand too coz it popped up on my instagram. I thought surely I can make this?! Im going to try this out now! cheers! 😉

    • Reply
      November 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      My thoughts exactly! There’s not much to it ingredients-wise and better to try it out yourself instead of spending all that money! Let me know how it goes 🙂

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