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How Long Does Lemon Water Last? [Shelf Life Guide]

Lemon water is a refreshing drink that has many benefits.

The lemon contains an enzyme called citric acid, which helps the liver break down fat and toxins from the body.

It can help you lose weight, cure hangovers, and more.

In this blog post, we discuss how long lemon water lasts so that you know how to store it to maximize the freshness of your drink.

How to Store Lemon Water?

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The taste of lemon water is refreshing and invigorating.

If you are looking for a new way to kick-start your day, drinking citrus-infused water is a great option.

But how can you store lemon juice for your subsequent use? Here are some methods to storing it:

Freeze it in ice-cube trays. Fill each compartment with lemon juice, then freeze overnight.

Pop-out the frozen cubes and store them in a freezer bag or airtight container for up to six months.

The ice will keep your drink cold without watering it down.

The next time you want to enjoy some refreshing lemon water, all you have to do is pop a couple of these cubes into your glass.

* Refrigerate it for about two hours before using it so that natural sugars can be released from their pulp cells onto the surface of the liquid.

This gives lemons an even sweeter taste than usual.

Just remember not to leave them there too long as they may start fermenting if left at room temperature over twenty-four hours.

Proper hygiene is essential to prevent unintentional contamination.

Cut the lemons into slices or wedges and gently squeeze them before adding lemon juice to a pitcher of cool water.

Cover tightly and put in the refrigerator for later usage.

How Long Does Lemon Water Last?

how long does lemon water last

Lemon water is a refreshing summer drink that can be made with lemons from the grocery store.

It’s been said for centuries that drinking lemon water in the morning, before breakfast, will help to clean toxins out of your system and keep you healthy all day long.

You may not like it at first because of its sour taste, but do yourself a favor and give this wonder juice a try once or twice every week.

Just don’t forget about hydration when enjoying any fruit juices as they are naturally high-sugar beverages.

In general, the shelf life depends on how many days have passed since purchase and storage conditions such as temperature control (aka refrigeration).

The time limit for drinkable lemon water is two or three days.

When refrigerated, lemons infused in water will last around three days before losing their flavor and firm texture.

After this time, the lemon peel will turn brown and start to decay.

If you store your lemons in a dry place, they can last up to one or two weeks before turning brown but cannot be stored for more than that without deteriorating.

So when should I buy my lemons? If you plan on drinking it within three days of purchase, then go ahead and get them at your convenience.

However, keep in mind they are best bought around mid-month so that there is enough time for consumption following storage guidelines.

How to Tell if Lemon Water is Bad?

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Lemon water is excellent for the immune system, but sometimes it can get spoiled.

Here are a few easy ways to tell if your lemon water is bad:

  • The smell should be citrusy, with no foul odors present.
  • If the liquid has any visible particles like mold or other gross stuff in it (or even floating), it’s time for a new batch of lemon water.
  • The taste should not be sour and shouldn’t have an off-flavor from anything else going on inside the jar. If you’re tasting something more than just pure lime juice, then that might mean your lemons were starting to go bad before they got juiced up. Yuck.

For proper storage, it’s best to keep lemon water in the fridge.

It will stay good for about three days if you do that, but it can also be stored for up to one week without going bad.

Is it Safe to Drink Bitter Lemon Water?

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Bitter lemon water is famous as an alternative to traditional morning juice drinks.

A study published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics has shown that drinking bitter lemon water after eating can help reduce blood sugar levels, reducing risk for diabetes symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, and frequent urination.

Drinking water with lemon has also been found to help regulate the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood, which can lead to a lower risk for heart disease.

Though drinking bitter lemon water is recommended by some dieticians as an alternative to other morning juice drinks, there are risks when consuming this drink daily.

Drinking too much citrus fruit such as lemons or oranges while following diabetes meal plans may induce hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

The acidity of these fruits can interfere with medications that people with diabetes regularly take, like Metformin or insulin.

Experts recommend sticking to just one glass per day between meals if you want to reap all the benefits without any drawbacks.

If you have diabetes, try substituting regular tea for lemon water or drinking your tea at least an hour before breakfast.

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How Long Does Lemon Water Last? Does Lemon Water Go Bad?

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Shelf Life
Servings 1 Serving


  • Lemon water
  • Air-tight containers or Ziplock bags
  • Labels and markers


  • Read the guide thoroughly to learn how long it lasts.
  • Label your container with the content and date and keep track of how much you’re using!
  • Make sure to store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place (pantry or fridge).
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