Natural Ways to Purify Your Water at Home


| 2/23/2018 2:59:00 PM


boiling water in pot 

Everyone needs access to clean water, but in many areas, the available water supply contains bacteria, chemicals and even sediment. These contaminants can cause everything from an undesirable taste to long-term health problems. Purifying your water can remove these unwanted elements and prevent these problems.

Some purification methods, though, involve adding even more chemicals and can be taxing on the environment. Buying plastic water bottles instead of using tap water is harmful in its own way. Whether you’re concerned about the safety of your water, or just want it to be as clean as possible, you can use these natural water purification methods at home to protect your health and the environment too.

Boiling

You’ve probably boiled your water before if your city issued a water safety advisory. Boiling is a reliable water purifier that’s effective for removing almost every contaminant except dirt.

It’s a simple, natural technique that’s been used throughout history, but it’s not the most efficient technique. It takes a substantial amount of energy to heat water to the boiling point, and you’ll lose some water to evaporation. If you don’t have any other methods available, though, boiling your water can be a smart choice, at least as an occasional solution.



Plants

Plants are natural water filters both above ground and in the water. Hikers and other outdoor adventurers use plants in the woods to get clean drinking water, but you can do the same thing at home. There are a wide variety of plants you can use to filter your water.

PamelaJP
2/8/2019 12:06:04 PM

Neither boiling nor plant will remove fluoride, one of the most toxic chemicals in tap water. One must use distillation or reverse osmosis -- or buy purified water. Whole house reverse O is the best since fluoride can be absorbed thru the skin such as while bathing, but if that isn't an option, a small reverse o under the sink for drinking water will help protect your thyroid and brain from fluoride.


Nannie
3/7/2018 1:45:53 PM

"You can make a solar water purifier at home with two water bottles and a thin PVC pipe."! PVC is toxic! Use something other than PVC and of course the bottles should be glass and not plastic...




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