How to Purify Water for Free

Posted by Mrs Money on May 4th, 2010

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Do you think it’s strange that there is chlorine in the drinking water in the United States? I know that when I traveled to another city recently, I could smell the chlorine in the tap water there and it made me not want to drink it.  I understand that chlorine kills germs, and that’s why it’s in our drinking water, but it’s also dangerous to ingest chlorine.  While we probably aren’t going to be able to change the fact that the chlorine is added to the water, we can do our best to filter our water and remove the chlorine naturally.

There are many different levels of quality water filters, and anything from a basic faucet mount filter to the Big Berkey is better than nothing.  If you don’t want to spend any money at all on a water filter, that’s fine.  There are other free options available.

1. Leave a water pitcher out uncovered overnight.  In the morning, you’ll discover that all the chlorine has evaporated from the water!  Of course, this method only removes chlorine.

2. Boil a gallon of water at a rolling boil for one minute.  That will help remove chlorine and other organisms.

No matter what method you choose to filter your water, something is better than nothing.

Do you filter your water?

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21 Responses to “How to Purify Water for Free”


  1. sue says:

    We’re just about to my savings-goal for a Berkey Light. While I like the free methods you mentioned, Mrs. M., they don’t work for us. We’re on a well and boiling and/or evaporative methods don’t work to remove calcium and iron sediment. :( So Berkey it is. Plus, if we have no electricity (like we did twice this past week), we can still have potable water, b/c the Berkey uses no electricity, unlike my stove. ;)

    It’s an investment, but one I’m willing to make for the end result of good-tasting, sediment-free water. :)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Sue- Will you let me know how you like your Berkey Light when you get it? That’s what I’d like to go with. :) Does your water taste good without filtering? I’m curious, because we have city water.

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    sue Reply:

    I will let you know how it goes. I’m really hopeful – our water tastes bad and when our salt levels (from the softener) are low, it has a *delightful* sulfuric-odor . :P

    So i’m hopeful on many levels, but one of the major things i realized last month when our pressure tank exploded (and we were w/o water for 36 hours) was that I *had* to have a water-filtration system for emergencies – and if I got a good one (Berkey filters will go 15K gallons on 2), I could have good water everyday, too. :) We’re gonna pop for the extra set of 2 filters in the Berkey Light (there’s a site that calls it the Berkey Light MAX) – they drill the extra holes and provide 2 extra filters at about a $10 savings over buying 2 extra filters on your own and modifying the unit that way. It’s not *better* filtration at that point, just *faster*.

    Anyhow – you’d think I work for Berkey or get a kickback the way I’ve gone on! LOL Unfortunately, not so. But I’ve done tons of research and made the best decision I can for our family with what I’ve learned. :)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Wow- you know, once you figure out how many gallons those little pitchers filter versus a Berkey it’s probably more cost effective to just get the Berkey!

    We have rain barrels and if we had to use that water for emergencies, it would be nice to have a Berkey.

    Now you’ve got me wanting one! :)

  2. I agree that tasting chlorine in water is like consciously drinking from the swimming pool – yuck. We filter our water with a Brita pitcher, but I’m wondering if using a faucet mount filter would end up being more frugal.

    I was surprised to learn how much water – which I’d always considered colorless, odorless, and tasteless – actually varies in taste from region to region. We had some AWEFUL tasting water when we were in Orlando and some different tasting water in Southern California as well. We like our Central Virginia water best!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    ami- It was so bad when I was in Ohio! Yuck. We have a Brita pitcher too. We have one of the faucet mount water filters as well, and the only thing I don’t like is that it stops working AT ALL when the filter is done with. That makes me mad. ;)

    I know what you mean about the water varying! When we are in Colorado at my in laws, I can’t get enough water! It is awesome.

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  3. I just learned last week, if the chlorine your water company is using to chlorinate your water is “chloramine” then it will not evaporate, cannot be boiled out or removed by reverse osmosis. I haven’t done all the research on it yet, but just wanted to add that you need to find out what kind of chlorine your water company is adding before you figure out how to remove it successfully.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Mrs. A- Wow, that is interesting! It’s crazy, though!

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  4. Becky R says:

    yikes. I didn’t even realize chlorine was in tap water. I think I will have to do something like you mentioned before I drink my tap water.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Becky R- Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. ;) You can get a water pitcher filter for pretty cheap at the store. :)

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  5. We re-use water bottles and put them in the fridge. It tastes like a regular water in about 3 days.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Budgeting in the Fun Stuff- That’s a good idea!

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  6. Heather says:

    Our house had a reverse osmosis system in place already when we bought it, so that’s what we use. Water tastes fine. I’m sure if I was used to spring water (from a spring) it wouldn’t taste fine. But I figure, I can taste plastic in water from bottles and jugs, so it’s probably not too bad … maybe …

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Heather- I am sooo jealous! I would love a reverse osmosis system. That’s scary you can taste plastic in water bottles!

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  7. I’ve been looking for a way to purify my water for some time now. Be it filter or free. Very nice! Good to see water boiling works all along.

    Wonder how good it is to combine both methods..?

    Also, should one leave the water outdoors in a narrow-lidded jar, or in a broad and open container?

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Aury- I think it would be fine to combine both. I would leave it out overnight first and then do the boiling. I would use a broad and open container.

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  8. Jin6655321 says:

    I hate the taste of tap water that’s been left out uncovered. Does that mean I actually like the taste of chlorine? Scary, scary thought…

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jin6655321- LOL I think you’re fine. :) I know what you mean- if you leave a glass out overnight, it tastes gross in the morning. I think it’s because there is bacteria if you drink off the glass or something.

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  9. Daddy Paul says:

    My wife will not drink anything but reverse osmosis water. I like raw well water. I bring my own water to work because I can not stand chlorinated rusty pipe water.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Daddy Paul- LOL I know what you mean. Our water at work makes my mouth dry and weird. I’m sure the pipes are really old there too. :)

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