3 Magic Household Items You Never Knew Could Purify Water!
You don’t have to be an outdoor enthusiast or a wilderness expert to know how to purify water.With cities running out of drinking water, it can be useful to know how to filter water yourself. Though it might sound risky, there are a few easy and effective methods to get clean water. Here are some of them
Regular, unscented bleach can actually purify water in half an hour. First make sure the bleach hasn’t expired. About 4 litres of muddy water will need 16 drops of bleach. Colder or muddier water needs more bleach than warm or clearer water. Add the bleach and gently swirl the water around before letting it sit for 30 minutes. You’ll get the smell of chlorine which lets you know that the water is ready.
Iodine can be harmful so it should be avoided by people who have thyroid problems and also by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Iodine also takes 30 minutes to purify but it requires more drops than bleach. However, the water will have a strange taste so it’s not the best substance to use for purification.
Chlorine drops are easily available and easy to carry around. Chlorine kills the bacteria in the water but can be harmful if added in excess. The package will usually tell you how many drops for how many litres and for how long you need to wait. It typically takes about 30 minutes to treat the water.
What’s more? There are also two natural elements that help produce crystal clear water.
This is an obvious and common method. Boiling water can kill almost all bacteria and viruses. The water has to be brought to a boil and cooled before use. To speed up the process you can cover the pot and let it boil.
Use a clear PET bottle (the one typically used for sodas and soft drinks) as some glasses block out too much of the UV-A rays. If the water is too cloudy then filter it first using a clean cloth before pouring it into the bottle. Lay the bottle face down under the sun. If it’s a clear sky or not too cloudy – then just 6 hours of sunlight is enough. If not, 2 days of exposure might be required.
Test these methods a few times to see what works best for you. Leave a comment if you have any questions.