Master Cleanse Recipe

The master cleanse diet is created by Stanley Burroughs in 1941. But only in 1976, he published a master cleanse book. In short, the diet only permits you to consume the lemonade mixture for the whole duration of the master cleanse – You are required to drink a minimum of 60 oz of lemonade a day and drink plenty of water too. But you are not allowed to eat or drink other foods rather than the lemonade for 10 days.

Do note: there were many changes from the period of time when Stanley Burroughs published the book till today (1976 and 2009). For example, the U.S.D.A. has changed the classification of maple syrup and many websites are giving the wrong information on the type of maple syrup you can buy.

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Before you embark on the master cleanse journey…

It is advsiable for you to obtain a copy of the master cleanse guide written by Raylen, so you would know exactly what to do and what to expect. Even though the web contains most of the master cleanse instructions, the content in these sites may not be organized and structured as well as these guides. As a result, you may miss out some of the most important information that can help you in the master cleanse.

Below, we have listed down a single serving recipe of the master cleanse diet. Most of the time, you may want to make the lemonade for the whole day otherwise it’ll be a hassle for you to make the lemonade each time you want to drink it.

You would need to mix the following ingredients together in order to make the lemonade mixture.

1. 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

2. 2 tablespoons of organic maple syrup grade B

3. 1/10 teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder

4. 10 oz glasses of distilled water (This is around 295ml of water)

Lemon Juice

lemon juice detox master cleanse

You would approximately need half a lemon to make 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. If you want to create the lemonade for the whole day, it can only last for 8 hours before it turns bad (even you have put it into the fridge).

Do take note not to use canned lemon juice as the vitamins and nutrients are no longer in the canned lemon. It is essential for your body to absorb the lemon nutrients because you are drinking the lemonade for 10 days.

In our master cleanse survival manual, you would discover how you should you prepare the lemonade exactly in the morning. (You can’t add the cayenne pepper in the morning when you prepare the lemonade for the whole day, otherwise it will turn bad within a short while..)

Maple Syrup

maple syrup master cleanse

When you read all the free information online, the standard instructions are to use organic maple syrup grade B. They would tell you not to use other kinds of syrup as they are not suitable for the master cleanse diet. Usually you can only find the grade B maple syrup in United States only and if you are from other parts of the world, chances are you won’t be able to find grade B maple syrup.

BUT, is grade B maple syrup the only suitable grade for master cleanse? In our master cleanse survival manual, you would also discover whether do you really need grade B maple syrup. (It is found out that Stanley Burroughs originally published the Master Cleanse in 1976 when the U.S.D.A. classified maple syrup into 3 different categories. However, now U.S.D.A. has revised it’s classification… )

Cayenne Pepper

cayenne pepper master cleanse
Do not underestimate the power of cayenne pepper. It is one of the best healing herbs in the world. The pepper can increase the blood flow in the body, have a rich source of vitamins B & C and can save one from heart attack. We would recommend you to buy the powder form of cayenne pepper.

Most people find it difficult to drink the lemonade with the cayenne pepper in it. If you find it difficult too, here’s a tip… Put the cayenne pepper powder into empty capsules and when you drink the lemonade and maple syrup, just swallow the capsules. This is more effective than buying cayenne pepper pills that are produced by the pharmaceutical companies.

Your Master Cleanse Checklist

Here are the entire list of stuffs you need for the 10 days master cleanse.

  • 50 Organic Lemons
  • 2 bottle of 64 Oz Organic Grade B Maple Syrup
  • 1 bottle of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1,000 oz of Distilled Water
  • Sea Salt
  • Laxatives
  • Non-caffeinated Herbal Teas
  • Teaspoons & Tablespoons
  • Lemon Juicer
  • Scales
  • Journal (record down your process, challenges, to help you during the cleanse and for future references)
  • Easing in and easing out preparation

Where can you get all the Master Cleanse ingredients?

As our website is visited by visitors from all over the world, we are only able to share with you some of the general countries (United States) to find the master cleanse ingredients. If you have managed to find some ingredients in your country and would like to share with the rest of the readers, email admin [at] and we will update this website for everyone to read.

  • One of the best places to buy your master cleanse ingredients is by going to our master cleanse shopping list where we list down our supplier site, as the supplier ship to anyone from anywhere.
  • If you are living in U.S., you can get most of the ingredients from Whole Foods Market. Most of our readers share with us that you can find most of your ingredients there.

Laxative Herb Tea

laxative herb tea for master cleanse

Usually one can take the green or peppermint tea but take note that it should not be caffeinated. This is usually taken before the start of the master cleanse and the instruction from the book is to drink it every evening before you go to the bed.

Note: You don’t want to drink the laxative tea together with the salt water flush as it would cause diarrhea.

Salt Water Flush Recipe

You would need to prepare a teaspoon of organic sea salt (not iodized salt) with 25 – 35 oz of warm water. Mix well and do your best to drink the solution in one go. If it is difficult to drink, use normal temperature water then. The purpose of the salt water flush and the laxative tea is to help you in bowel elimination.

It is best to drink the salt water flush before drinking the lemonade in the morning as it is more effective with empty stomach.

sea salt for master cleanse

Have you tried the salt water flush and you totally couldn’t stand the taste? Some people may face the problem not able to have successful bowel movements.  Our master cleanse newsletter below would give you tips, secrets and our experiences on how you can “cheat” on the salt water flush..

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Your Master Cleanse Diet FAQ

Here are some commonly asked questions by our subscribers and readers, we’re certain that you’ll find them useful!

How much weight can I expect to lose with the Master Cleanse Diet?
While the fundamental aim of the Master Cleanse Diet is to flush toxins from your internal system, we have Master Cleansers who happily reported a loss of 10 pounds off their weight! You’ll have to try the diet yourself to experience the health benefits!

Is it fine to use Agave Nectar instead of Maple syrup? (It is organic.)
Though it is organic, it is still inferior to a Grade B maple syrup in terms of nutrition. For the best overall experience and outcome, please stick to the suggest Grade B maple syrup.

Are there any substitutes for the cayenne pepper?
Alternatively, ginger can be used as a substitute. Another way you can try is to take some dried peppers and grind them up into a powder. Then again, the lemonade mixture may not be as effective and efficient.

Can I still continue with my exercise program while I’m on the diet?
You still can exercise but do not engage in strenuous activities. Please note that excessive perspiration will cause a huge loss of mineral through your sweat and it’s always wise to exercise in balance.

If I am breastfeeding, can I do this diet?
You should not go this diet because you will need much more than this diet so that you can produce milk that is good enough for your baby. You can try this diet when you are no longer breast feeding.

How many people do the “ease in” phase and is it recommended?
It is recommended but not compulsory. It will help you to get used to the “no solid food” condition of the diet. You should start by cutting down on solid food, especially the carbohydrates and meats. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, and go easy on the sauces and processed, sweetened drinks.

Can I continue on my protein shakes while using the cleanse? (I don’t want to lose the muscle I put on!)
You should not take your shakes during the Lemonade diet because it will interfere with the cleansing for sure. You can carry on with exercise to prevent the loss of your muscle. You can also try organic wheat grass juice.

Today I have bad pains in my legs and back!
This is probably because you are not drinking enough water. Make sure to drink more water after you do the salt water flush and throughout the day. And also, remember that you have to use sea salt for the flush.

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Master Cleansers’ Journal

Amy says : I’m going to try to journal here for myself and anyone else that it may help. My first day is coming to a close. Night time is definitely worse, especially when my husband grilled chicken for dinner. The lemonade helps the cravings though... Read More At Day 1 (Comments section)

Jomoke says: Well here I am on the second day of the cleanse! I am feeling hungrey every few hours. If I drint water or lemonade the feeling goes away for another hour or two. I jogged three miles yesterday and I’m still wondering where that energy came from... Read The Rest At Day 2 (Comments section)

Amy says: Almost to a close of day 3. It’s been hard, but a met a specialist at a Christmas party last night that encouraged me. I’m starting to go to the bathroom a lot more today and have been having a little stomach cramping and feeling a little depressed about not drinking coffee... Read The Rest At Day 3 (Comments section)

eve says: Wow this is way harder then I thought! 4th day as well! Little sleep little bathrooms visits, lost 4lb but that’s not why I’m doing it... Read The Rest At Day 4 (Comments section)

Sara says: Day 5- Today and last night have been the absolute worst for me. I am so extremely hungry. I’m having the worst cravings on top of the physical hunger. I want everything greasy and not greasy. I am seriously considering starting the orange juice tomorrow but am just trying to stick through this. This is my first time trying this cleanse and I really, really want to do this. The hunger is just so intense.... Read The Rest At Day 5 (Comments section)

Jo says: Ok I started this with my husband. He’s been losing weight like mad. I, on the other hand gained 2/10# yesterday. I lost that 2/10# today but that’s it. My hunsband has had to quit. He was physically sick, no energy & couldn’t make it thru the day. I made him have some soup last night... Read The Rest At Day 6 (Comments section)

Amy says: Day 7: There is a light at the end of the tunnel! Now, it’s all controlling the mind. I feel a little cooky and although I know I’m not going to quit, my mind is playing tricks. The description of day 7 above is VERY accurate. I have been having an awful ache on my left side almost behind my lower ribs... Read The Rest At Day 7 (Comments section)

Amy says: I actually can’t believe it’s day 8. I keep thinking it’s day 7. My side is still hurting, but not as bad as yesterday. I also was the most grouchy I’ve been since I started. ALSO, I almost tricked myself into thinking I could maybe cheat a coffee from Starbucks while I was grocery shopping... Read The Rest At Day 8 (Comments section)

Amy says: Alright, today is definitely one of the better days I’ve had, just because I know I only have one more official day. I bought some rice milk and frozen strawberries for a lovely smoothie on day 11... Read The Rest At Day 9 (Comments section)

Amy says: Alright, today is definitely one of the better days I’ve had, just because I know I only have one more official day. I bought some rice milk and frozen strawberries for a lovely smoothie on day 11... Read The Rest At Day 10 (Comments section)

Master Cleansers Who Transformed Their Life Through Master Cleanse

Success Story: Jessie Hairston

"Thanks to Master Cleanse, I’ve lost over 100lbs, i’m typing,my hair is back, I can run, and the doctors are astounded!"

"Just completed my 5th cleanse. Started out of health desparation 3-13-08 at 263lbs, debillitating diseases, couldn’t walk without pain or a cane, knarled joint, depressed and losing hair.

Thanks to Master Cleanse, I’ve lost over 100lbs, i’m typing,my hair is back, I can run, and the doctors are astounded! I’m living proof that the cleanse works. Oh, I look 25 years younger and still losing. I swear by the Master cleanse. The medicines and injections stopped working and began attacking me. I threw them in the garbage and I’m glad I did.

All hail to the Master Cleanse!"
-- Jessie Hairston, a reader of our site.

Success Story #2: Craig

"With a flatter stomach and four days to go I’m giving this diet the thumbs up."

"Well! I have to say the diet has been great.I’m on day6 and feeling good.I have to be honest by the second day I’ve became very hungry and cheated for half of a butter roll lol but, I got back with it.I became very tempted for the pizza with pepperoni that my coworkers had ordered, but refuse the night before.Though my hunger has stop by the third, my mind still think of the foods that i love.With a flatter stomach and four days to go I’m giving this diet the thumbs up."

-- Craig

Success Story #3: Amy

"My skin looks great, I have lost more weight than I thought. I had no idea until I threw on a pair of my tight jeans and had to cinch my belt two more loops."

"Almost there! It’s 6:30pm and while I could probably continue cleansing and it would bring forth even better results, I am ready to get back on the mountain and start snowboarding again. SO, I’m looking forward to my slow recovery to eating foods again and much more physical activity. I think I was the most tempted this day of all because It’s kinda like…… I’m really almost done. My skin looks great, I have lost more weight than I thought. I had no idea until I threw on a pair of my tight jeans and had to cinch my belt two more loops. This was something I hadn’t noticed cause I was focused more on my cleansing results. (unfortunately my boobs are smaller too) I have a good energy level and not as grouchy from lack of food. I will definitely do this again next year maybe lengthening the process another week. Hoping my new obsession with cooking will continue and wasn’t just due to not being able to eat. : ) Thanks for everyone’s support!!!"

-- Amy
Amy is a very nice master cleanser who consistently shared her journal every day while on the cleanse with the visitors on our website. Amy, if you are reading this, our master cleanse team appreciate your sharing, thank you!. You can read her daily journal on our journal categories.

Success Story #4: Carin *New

"I got my new husband to finally buy into it, and he was amazed at the results. He lost 17 lbs in 6 days and again, was never hungry."

"I have done this master cleanse for 5 years. It was doctor recommended, when I was so toxic after a car crash and new home (overwhelmed with new glues/paint etc… body was on over load! The first time i was so skeptical ~ however, I followed ALL the instructions, and never cheated……I wasn’t hungry ever! and felt more energy and emotionally stable than I had in a long long time. I do the cleanse at least once a year, sometimes twice. I got my new husband to finally buy into it, and he was amazed at the results. He lost 17 lbs in 6 days and again, was never hungry. I am starting my 10 day journey, so I know at the end I will be ready for spring break and fight thru the plateau weight loss i have been experiencing. If you are frightened about te hunger………just have faith….drink more…..and meditate. Know that it is in your head, and get out of that spot…do something! Good luck."

-- Carin

Success Story #5: Angelo *New

"This is my first time to try this diet and it really made me feel good not just physically but also emotionally especially now that I have completed it more and more people are becoming inspired and want to try it out..."

"First things first, I would like to thank your website for a very insightful information on the Master Cleanse diet. This has motivated me every step of the way to go through this diet. More than the cheer of my friends and the inspirational messages from them, your site gave me a lot of information and motivation to get me through. your daily journal helped me a lot. This is my first time to try this diet and it really made me feel good not just physically but also emotionally especially now that I have completed it more and more people are becoming inspired and want to try it out. With this, it will be my honor for my facebook page to be graced by your badge. I would like to request if you can create me a personal badge. "

-- Angelo

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  1. tina
    1882 days ago

    @all today is my first day of the master cleanse. So far so good but I had a question about taking medication while doing the master cleanse. I am scheduled to have an epidural injection from my doctor for a car accident in which I was injured. Is it ok for me to receive the injection while doing the master cleanse?

  2. pc
    1887 days ago

    I did the swf on the first day and it was just disgusting it is the end of day 3 for me and i have been doing decaf green tea in the morning and evening and no swf… is that ok? and I have not been drinking the ‘lemonade’ drink 6x maybe 4 or 5xs… I’m just not that hungry for it… is that ok?

    • michelle green
      1881 days ago

      Well I couldn’t drink that much either. I drank 1 cup of oolong tea during the day and it cut my appetite so that I couldn’t drink that much lemonade. I started at 244lbs, did it for 31 days and my final weight was 198. It would have been more weight loss if I hand’t worked out and done the weights but I felt I had to continue to build muscle so that I would’t get flabby. Everyone should know the weight loss and no exercise will turn to loose meat which will be hard to tone later on.

  3. Kim
    1898 days ago

    Help Please! I didn’t know I would need a surgery when I started my cleanse. I’ve just finished day six and everyone, including me, is worried about my upcoming surgery, since I will be on day 9 when it happens. Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be and I can try again next time. Should I stay on the cleanse even though I’ll be going through a surgery on day 9?

  4. Sheba Ribera
    1950 days ago

    All for one, one for al

  5. Taylor
    1993 days ago

    i am still in school, i realy want to do this cleanse, will it be hard doing it during school hours as in going to the bathroom and stuff ?

  6. mia
    1995 days ago

    Today is my first day on the MC. So far it is going great, I havent felt sick or hungry at all. I will be drinking the peppermint tea in a few hours. I know I have to do the salt water flush in the morning, but I am hesitant in doing so, can I just drink the peppermint tea in the morning instead of the salt water flush? will it work??

  7. Boris_LA
    2008 days ago

    Hello everyone!

    I am on 10 days MC plan for the second in last two years. Today is the 6th day, and beside having some cravings yesterday (fried eggs, sushi…) I can say I’m doing well…I have to mention that I am REALLY persistent to get this to the end, despite having my partner around who eats normally, even if he tries to do it when I am not near him. But I have some worries…The first is about my stool…The morning ones are dark brown, almost black in color, but the following ones are in known colors. About the SWF…I tried twice so far, but it takes more than 2 hours for me to get rid off the salt water intake…Is there something I should be worried about this two things? Thanks, Boris

  8. charlie
    2017 days ago

    Hello everyone!

    Im all set to start my 10 day cleanse! However I do have a few questions about the cayenne pepper measurement. Im not good at measuring at all so please bear with me. Instead of trying to figure out what 1/10 of a teaspoon is, is it alright to just put lets say 1/4 or 1/2 a teaspoon per serving? Also does the amount of cayeene pepper used per serving effect the total overall result of the cleanse?



  9. Vanessa
    2030 days ago

    Hi everyone,

    I’m on day one of the Master Cleanse. I’m feeling a bit low and tired but I’m excited to feeling rejuvenated and healthy again. Hopefully The Cleanse doesn’t enable me to do my normal activities such as jogging, bouldering, rock-climbing, and surfing. I’m a very active person but I don’t feel like I’m at my tip top shape and health. Well I guess I just have to see.


  10. Walid
    2030 days ago

    I have been 3 days on the pre diet and 6 dayson the diet, I have not lost not even 1 pound.I’m taking 6 to 7 glasses a day.I’m 60 years old male .I don’t know what i’m doing.. wrong.
    Thank you

  11. Crystal
    2034 days ago

    I will be starting the MC tomorrow but I need to know some things before I get started in order to do this correctly:

    1. I could not find any organic sea salt. Is pure sea salt ok if it does not say organic but does say “not iodized”?

    2. I also could not find organic maple syrup grade B. I only found Pure Maple syrup grad A. Is this ok? Also, is it ok if the cayenne pepper is not organic?

    3. I hear of the aches and pains (like headaches & joint aches) within this forum. If I am aching, can I take an Aleve or should I stay away from any type of OTC’s?

    4. Will this help to clear my acne even though its using citrus? That’s a big wonder for me.

    Thanks. I will be logging my journal soon! Good luck to all!

    • admin
      2027 days ago

      @Crystal : Hope this isn’t too late because your comments were in among the spam..

      1) There’s a significant difference between organic and non-organic sea salt. Organic sea salt has certain standards – “No purification or processing of the harvested salt is tolerated, and the salt, when analyzed before distribution, must fulfill very high standards in chemical analytics.”

      2) It would be good to get organic maple syrup (grade A or B is fine). Cayenne pepper is fine without organic.

      3) You should stay away from the OTC. These symptoms are just detoxifying symptoms that one will feel when you are undergoing the master cleanse.

      4) Well, try it and you will know. =)

      By the way, if it’s so difficult to get the right ingredients, why don’t you just order from online –

      They have shipped for many of our readers and are definitely reliable.

      Last by not least, all the best for your cleanse!

  12. Brittany
    2034 days ago

    Finishing my first day. The hunger is intense. I even made dinner for my man, and didn’t have a bite. I’m proud of that, but I had to make a drink before I attempted. Everything was going good until about 3:00, and that’s usually when I’m starving. I’m wondering if I can make it past the weekend. I’m hungry, but have no intentions of making another drink. It makes me somewhat naseaus. I’m feeling very cloudy as well, and hoping to have a bm tomorrow morning so that I can feel there is some purpose behind starving.
    Hope I can make it!

  13. Monika
    2047 days ago

    I’m on day 10 of the master cleanse, and feel wonderful. Wasn’t sure that I could do it but stuck it out. I never felt tired or had any stomach cramps. I worked 12 hour shifts at the hospital and was fine. I lost 10 lbs but didn’t do it for the weight loss. On day 6 I got some joints aches, but got a massage and took a bath in Epsom salt and the it was all gone the next day. I will definitely do it again in 6 months. My tounge is still a little coated, but I want to go back to eating healthier. I really recomend it to everybody who is healthy enough to do it.

  14. melanie
    2048 days ago

    @all Does the TYPE of sea salt matter? Im about 5 days into the mc and i’ve noticed that several people are using various types of sea salt. Will the type of sea salt I use have any effect on the cleanse?

  15. Tricia
    2048 days ago

    Well it is the evening of the first day and I am feeling a little gassy. It wasn’t hard being distract from food, until I got home. My husband cooked and it looked and smelled so good, but I focused on making me a couple of glasses and at what time should I take my tea. I got through it. Don’t let me kid you I feel the hunger and I feel a little cloudy behind my eyes. I don’t know if it’s my allergies since we are nearing change in weather from summer to fall. Regardless, I prayed for strength, I determined to try and make it and expect better health when it’s over.

  16. poochy baby
    2051 days ago

    man i tried dis i felt like i wanted to just to die ..this shit does not work i gain like 70 pounds jus trying this shit..dont try this …

  17. Jessica
    2052 days ago

    My husband and I are doing the MC together. We are starting day 5. I did this cleanse almost 10 years ago. I remember having a few BM’s that were shaped like my intestines, dark in color, and almost like rubber. How many dys into the MC should we expect to see this expelled from our colons? It scared me half to death when I experienced it the first time around. No one had warned me about this. So to those of you who are doing this for the first time, don’t freak out.

  18. Amerika
    2056 days ago

    Today is my first day of this cleanse. I haven’t done it in 5 years but I remember the results and how great they were. I don’t mind the taste of the cayenne pepper, but is it just as effective if you put the pepper in a capsule and swallow versus putting it directly in the drink?

  19. Jasmine
    2059 days ago

    I ordered the Maple Syrup that was required but they sent me the wrong one. They sent me Certified Organic/Kosher Grade A syrup instead of grade B. I live in Japan on a military base and it was really hard to get it over here. Do, I have to buy another one, or will this one make due?

    • admin
      2059 days ago

      @Jasmine : Hey, it’s fine as long as it’s organic. There may be a slight difference in quality but overall it’s okay.

    • cassie
      2031 days ago

      i have grade a maple is it ok?

  20. mel
    2065 days ago

    sorry is it necessary to do the SWF as well

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