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Mrs. Money: Free Water Filtration Methods

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by MrsMoney)
at 12:11PM Monday August 9, 2010
under Money Saving Tips

In an effort to save money and take care of my body, the majority of the time I enjoy a drink it's water.  Not only does it keep your body functioning like it should, it also tastes great and feels refreshing.  There are some instances where water doesn't taste great, though.  I've looked into so many different water filtration systems, and I'll tell you: they aren't cheap.  There are some water filtering pitchers, but they are made out of plastic, and I try to avoid plastic because it is not good for the environment or your body. 

In the United States, the drinking water that comes out of the tap is "safe" to drink in the regards that it's not dirty and filled with bacteria.  For that, I am grateful.  To accomplish this though, the water is treated with chemicals such as chlorine that are damaging to your body.  In fact, the amount of chlorine in our drinking water is believed to increase one's risk in certain cancers.  I don't know about you, but I prefer my water purified.

When I don't have access to a water filter, I purify my water naturally and frugally.  There are a couple different options to purify your water. 
  1. Leave your pitcher of water out overnight, covered with a towel so nothing can drop in it to contaminate it.  I like to use a glass pitcher that holds about a half gallon.  In the morning, when you return to your water, all the chlorine is evaporated!  This is also a neat trick to save money on buying water for your freshwater fish.  Of course, this method only removes chlorine, so if you're worried about other contaminants it's probably not the method for you.

  2. Boil a gallon of water at a rolling boil for at least one minute.  This will help remove contaminants and kill any germs that are lurking behind.  It will also make your water taste better.

  3. If you aren't satisfied with the above methods, consider investing in a water filter.  If you're a bottled water drinker, this will save you money from purchasing bottled water!
What type of water do you drink?  Are you a stickler about consuming only filtered or bottled, or will tap do?

Mrs. Money writes at the Ultimate Money Blog, where she shares tips on frugal living, how to live green and living a simpler life.