Certo Detox Method (Sure-Jell): Instructions, Effectiveness and Alternatives

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According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, around 22.2 million people admitted to using marijuana. In fact, in a more recent survey, one in seven adults in the U.S. reported using marijuana in 2017. This number keeps on increasing as more and more states legalize the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes or even both. 

Communities that support the use of cannabis are also continuously growing. However, despite all this, more than half of American employers still make pre-employment drug tests mandatory! All federal, state, and private employees are subject to drug testing in order to protect other people’s health and keep them safe. And although employers are required to keep their employees’ drug test records confidential, you may still get fired and lose your employment opportunities if you fail the drug test (depending on the laws of your land).

Now, whether or not employer drug testing programs are obsolete, or how drug-testing programs can impact workplace productivity is up for debate and further study. The fact remains that, most often people just use detox drinks and urine substitutes to pass these tests (31.51% use detox drinks and 24.37% use urine substitute, according to a survey). We will discuss these in a while. But if you are looking for a home remedy to pass your upcoming drug test, read on to learn more about the Certo Drug Test detox method.

In this article, we will explain the science behind the Certo Drug Test detox method (or the Certo method):

  1. What is the Certo method
  2. How the Certo method will help you detoxify
  3. Ingredients and Instructions
  4. Urine drug tests and the Certo method
  5. And a few notes on the alternative ways to pass the drug test 

So let’s get right to it.

What Is The Certo Drug Test Detox Method?

Sure Jell Certo Premium Liquid Fruit PectinRight off the bat, the Certo Drug Test detox method is not like the other detox products or methods that claim to be good for your health. A lot of healthcare professionals argue that there is no such thing as “detoxing” and that there have been only a few studies conducted on “detoxification” programs on people. What the Certo method does claim, though, is that it speeds up the process of removing the drug toxins from your body, so that these drug toxins will no longer be detected when you are subjected to a drug test.

The Certo Drug Test detox method, or also known as the “Sure-Jell” detox method, is a popular home remedy that uses Certo or Sure-Jell to temporarily remove drug toxins from your body through your fecal matter. Certo and Sure-Jell are both products of Kraft, made from the skins of pressed apples or citrus fruit which are great sources of pectin, which is a soluble fiber that works as a natural gelling agent. Because pectin is a highly soluble fiber, it does a great job removing harmful substances from your system, including the drug toxins.

The Detoxification Process

The claimed detoxification process happens when the pectin from Certo or Sure-Jell binds to the harmful compounds in your body (including the drug toxins) and removes them through your stools when you defecate. Pectins are popular for their effective detoxifying properties. They are known for their role in lowering lead toxicity in the blood of children and the significant increase in urinary excretion of toxic metals among test subjects, without reported adverse effects.

Because Certo forms into a gel and absorbs more liquid than normal fibers, the toxins that normally leave through your urinary system end up in your stools, drastically reducing (or even completely removing) traces of drug toxins from your urine. This, in theory, increases your chances of passing a urine drug test.

The entire process normally takes around an hour to finish and can last up to 3-5 hours in total. Unlike any other “quick-fix” alternatives, it is advised to take the Certo Drug Test detox method 24 hours before the urine drug test.

Certo Drug Test Detox Ingredients and Instructions

The Certo Drug Test detox method is simple and easy to follow. There are also a variety of “recipes” and “techniques” online that people follow when using the Certo method. But a lot of articles and reviews follow this recipe. So to start the Certo method, you will need:

  • Two packets of Certo (you can also use Sure Jell or Fruit Pectin).
  • Two x 32oz sports drinks (909 ml x 2). A popular product that most people use is Gatorade.
  • Creatine Monohydrate.
  • Multivitamin.
  • Vitamin B2 (optional).

After securing the ingredients above, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Drink a lot of water around 2 days or so leading up to the drug test. Water is the best natural detox method as your body starts flushing out toxins when it feels that there is no longer a need to retain fluids. Be careful not to overdo this.
  2. Mix one pack of Certo with one bottle of sports drink (e.g. Gatorade). Shake well until the pectin dissolves. Drink it before going to bed. Do this on the night before the drug test.
  3. On the day of your urine drug test, drink at least 32oz. of water (or as much water as you can), at least three hours before the actual test.
  4. Around two hours before the actual test, mix the second packet of Certo with the other bottle of sports drink. Take the multivitamin and vitamin B2 supplements along with it. Healthy urine contains B vitamins and to avoid suspicion, you need to replenish them since the detox process can wash out some nutrients.

A shorter version of this method is also available which entails mixing one packet of Certo with one bottle of sports drink and taking it two hours before the actual test. But this may not be as effective as the longer version that was discussed above.

Urine Drug Tests and The Certo Method

Urine is the most preferred test substance because it is easy to collect. Urine also has a higher concentration of drugs and metabolites, which allows for longer detection times. There are mainly two types of urine drug tests: immunoassay and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Immunoassay is cost-effective and gives quick results. It does, however, give false positives which may require you to take the GC-MS.

During the testing, laboratories first evaluate the urine sample’s appearance and color. Urine specimens are also shaken to determine whether the sample has been adulterated or added with substances such as soap. Urine temperature is also recorded within the first four minutes of the collection and should be within 32°C to 38°C. Outside this temperature range, a substitute urine sample may have been used. 

In rare instances, during urine sample collection, a nurse or technician of the same gender may have to accompany you into the bathroom to supervise the testing.

Acidity and creatinine concentrations are also tested in a urine sample. The pH range for normal urine is between 4.5 to 8.0. Outside this range, the specimen may be suspected of contamination. Creatinine concentrations should also be more than 20mg/dL. If the creatinine concentrations are less than this number, the sample is considered diluted (or even inconsistent with human urine). This is why the Certo method also suggests the use of Creatine Monohydrate, just in case the excessive urination causes an abnormal decrease of creatinine in your urine.

Alternatives of The Certo Method

If the drug test that you are about to take seems too important for you to fail, then the Certo Method’s unreliable reputation may not be for you. However, there are alternative ways for you to pass the drug test– using synthetic urine (which may be illegal in your state) or a high-quality detox drink.

Synthetic urine is a formula available on the market which contains 14 chemical markers that you will find in real urine. Most reviews are inclined to suggest that Quick Fix is the best synthetic urine product because it appears completely “genuine” on the drug test. Most synthetic urine available on the market costs around US$60 to US$80. Quick Fix costs only US$29.95 for 2oz and US$39.95 for 3oz. The only caveat to using synthetic urine is that you may still fail when:

  • The synthetic urine you used is of poor quality
  • The synthetic urine fails the visual test, especially when it has an unnatural color
  • The temperature of the synthetic urine has not been maintained correctly
  • Usage of synthetic urine may be considered illegal in your state; and
  • You are caught using synthetic urine

Most of these can be remedied by buying high-quality synthetic urine like Quick Fix, one which has good reviews, and by making sure you don’t get caught using it. Otherwise, you can stick to the Certo Method as explained above.

High-quality detox drinks work the way the Certo Method does as they also help detoxify your body from toxins– including drug toxins. Most are guaranteed to pass the drug test when using this method for at least 48 hours. High-quality detox drinks are available for around US$55 to US$80 (for a 32oz detox drink). 


You may have heard of the Certo Method from a lot of people and may think that it works well. But just like everything else on the internet, take it with a grain of salt. The Certo Method is still inconclusive. And people who passed their drug tests using the method may have been able to get away with it because of a completely different cause like the copious amount of water they have taken to detoxify their systems. If you are unsure and couldn’t risk it using the Certo Method, consider using the alternatives. Although they cost a lot (and a bit more expensive than Certo Method), synthetic urine or a high-quality detox drink may be far more reliable than the Certo Method.

Well, it’s up to you on how much risk you are willing to take. Just err on the side of caution and allot more days for your body to detoxify to increase your chances of passing the drug test—but if you want to speed things up, you can definitely try the Certo Method while taking Toxin Rid. The Toxin Rid detox program is designed to help you pass the drug test in the safest way possible. PLUS it also has a money-back guarantee option from the manufacturer. Test it out with this kit too, so you can enjoy hitting the blunt without worrying if you still have a job tomorrow.