There are many different water purification methods using all sorts of different chemicals, natural ingredients, or equipment to wipe out the impurities.

if you need to know how to purify water with just about anything, even charcoal or carbon. We cover it in this guide.

Here are all of the different ways we’ll cover in this guide to treat water and make it drinkable.

Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: How To Purify Water Using Anything

  • Bleach
  • Iodine
  • Charcoal
  • Silver
  • Pool Shock
  • Sunlight
  • Chlorine
  • UV Light
  • Silver
  • Sand
  • Alum
  • Activated Carbon
  • A Banana Peel
  • A Water Bottle
  • Alcohol
  • Charcoal and Sand
  • Sand and Rocks
  • By Freezing
  • Cilantro
  • Electricity
  • Fire

For our purposes, we want to be able to purify nearly any liquid on earth into drinkable water for us to have during an emergency or after a disaster occurs.

Two Primary Water Treatment Categories

Water is one of the first resources to become scarce, if not extinct, during a crisis. So this is one of the more important live-saving preps we should learn.

There are a couple of different approaches when it comes to purifying water.

Purification and Filtration

You can use natural methods which also include the use of equipment. All of them get the job done. Which method you use will depend on three primary factors.

  1. The existing contaminants the water may have
  2. The water sources you have available
  3. How much water you need to purify

There are different water sources in all environments. If you’re using a natural water source in the wild, the contaminants that the water may have will be different than an urban water source. So a different purification method may be more beneficial for that source.

Water Purification Methods

Here is the complete list of different ways of purification. Clicks the links in the descriptions to go to the full step by step guide on how to purify water in that specific way.

How To Purify Water With Bleach

how to purify water with bleach

Go to the full guide on purifying water with bleach here.

How To Purify Water With Iodine

Treating water with Iodine is a chemical that’s a popular method, like bleach chlorine.

This video explains how the process works.

Just like using chlorine, a medical dropper is ideal to use for transferring the chemical.

This video shows you a specific example on how to purify lake water with Iodine.

This is why Iodine is often a recommended item to have in your survival kits and bug-out bag.

How To Purify Water By Boiling

Boiling water to treat it is preferred by many since alls that’s required is a metal pot of some sorts and a heat source.

Watch how to purify water by boiling.

How To Purify Water With Charcoal

Activated charcoal carbon is an effective filter for some compounds. To name a few, it’s effective for removing:

  • chlorine
  • odors and tastes non-purified water may have
  • VOC’s (volatile organic compounds)

This video explains how it works.

How To Purify Water With A DIY Survival Filter

Of course, there are DIY water filter options.

This is one survival filter you can make yourself. There are others you can make yourself, but this one is a good one to start with.

How To Purify Water With Silver

Silver occurs naturally in the environment and is known as an emergency drinking water disinfectant.

Watch this to understand how it works.

How To Purify Water With Pool Shock

One of the most simple methods to disinfect water for drinking. Use Pool Shock.

With a Food Saver Bag

Need to purify a ton (literally) of water?

Watch this.


How To Purify Water With UV Light

How To Purify Water With UV Light

There are a couple of different ways, two specifically, to purify water with UV light. Go to the guide here.

How To Purify Water With Sand and Rocks

How To Purify Water With Alum

How To Purify Water With Activated Carbon

This video will explain the process to you.

How To Purify Water With A Banana Peel

This video explains how a Brazilian scientist discovered that banana peels can purify water

Are you surprised?

Now that I think about it, I’m not. Banana peels are also great for soil fertilizer. It makes sense they could purify water as well.

How To Purify Water With A Water Bottle

how to purify water with a water bottle

This works with a clear, plastic water bottle. Preferably with no tint either.

How does it work?

The water gets treated by ultraviolet light from the sun.

The light gets into the water bottle, into the water. But can’t escape. So it works just like a UV pen would treat water.

Leave it in the sun for 5-6 hours and quench your thirst.

This video shows how to purify water with solar using a solar water distiller.

How To Purify Water With Alcohol

How To Purify Water With Cilantro

Time magazine published this article about being able to purify water with cilantro.

How To Purify Water With Electricity

What a shock.

Good TED talk on the electrifying process.

How To Purify Water With Fire

Or forget all of that and just burn it!


Like many things, there is more than one way to skin the cat. More than one way to make an omelet.

However, some water purification methods are more effective than others. and some are faster and more efficient for you personally. Pick two or three different water treatment options that resonate with you and practice a few times.

Purify a few liters of water and go through the process. So when you need to in a real emergency, you’ll be prepared.

Do you purify your water with chemicals or do you use equipment?

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