This article will cover how to easily make your own bottled water at home. It will cover the equipment needed to do it, and step-by-step instructions on how to make bottled water. We will explain what each piece of equipment used is for too for each method. It is very easy to make bottled with the right equipment.
There will be three main methods that will be covered for purifying the water to be used for bottled water. We will start with the best and most convenient method first for making bottled water fast, then go from there with a cheap way to do it, and a cool emergency solution for making cleaner water.
The first two methods will pass the standards for clean water for regulations (if done correctly with the right equipment), while the last emergency method may not. However, the last method is still definitely worth mentioning.
Equipment needed for all three methods:
Here are 2 important pieces of equipment that you will need to make bottled water for all three methods. There will be specific equipment needed for each method, but you will need these pieces for all three:
- Stainless steel water funnel.
- Stainless steel is a sure way to make sure that your purified water remains uncontaminated when it is transferred to the empty water bottles.
- Empty plastic water bottles or glass water bottles.
- Water testing device.
- It is important to have a water testing device. It will help you see how pure your water is. It will allow you to make adjustments for your personally made bottled water if necessary, or if there are any problems.
When doing any of these methods, make sure to keep your equipment sterile for the best quality homemade bottled water. This way the purified water doesn’t get contaminated again.
Equipment needed to make bottled water for the first method:
- Water filtration system.
- There are many water filtration systems, but there are a few that are considered to be the best water filtration systems by most that can fit almost any scenario for making bottled water at home, for a sports game, an event, or for a business.
- Water Funnel.
- Plastic or glass water bottles.
1. Set up your water filtration system.
What ever water filtration system that you decided to buy, set it up and filter your water. Some water filtration systems can be attached to the sink, while others are portable and require manual filling of water from other sources.
Take the water and filter it with the water filtration system.
2. Place the filtered water in a small container.
Make sure that the container is small enough that it can be easily picked up over the shoulders for pouring. If the water filtration system has a nozzle that can fit directly into the bottled water, then pouring the small water into the small container isn’t needed, and you may not need a water funnel either. You can skip this step if that is the case.
3. Pour the purified filtered water into the glass/plastic water bottles.
Once the purified water is in the small container, take the empty glass/plastic water bottle with the water funnel, and pour the filtered water into the bottle. Do this by setting the funnel inside the empty water bottle and pouring the filtered water from the small container into/through the funnel and into the bottle. The water funnel will keep you from spilling water all over the place and losing your precious filtered water.
If you don’t need the small container or water funnel because the nozzle can fit inside the water bottle from your water filtration system, then fill your bottles up directly from the water filtering system.
4. Place the cap on your water bottles and label them.
Take the caps that came with your glass or plastic water bottles and seal your bottles. The bought empty disposable plastic water bottles have tamper proof seals to ensure that the water is safe when it isn’t under supervision after it is capped.
How To Make Distilled Bottled Water
Equipment needed for making bottled water for the second method:
- A cooking pot that has a top that doesn’t have a steam valve.
- The top needs to not have a hole in it that allows steam to escape.
- A big pot is better for extra room.
- A bowl that can fit and float in the pot if/when the pot is filled with water.
- The bowl also has to be able to fit in the pot when the top is placed on to cover the pot when it is placed on top of the pot upside down.
- A scoop or a measuring cup.
- This is needed for collecting the distilled water. The bowl can’t be used.
- Water Funnel.
- Plastic or glass water bottles.
- Not mandatory, but very helpful.
1. Fill the pot up with water.
Fill the pot up with water, but save some space for putting the bowl in the water to float, and some space to put the top on to cover the pot while the bowl is in it.
2. Heat the water up in the pot on the stove.
The heat doesn’t need to be too high, and the distillation can still happen without the heat. However, it will be a lot faster with the heat. The water doesn’t need to be boiling either, it just need to be hot enough to let off a good amount of steam.
3. Immediately place the bowl in the water and let it float.
Take the bowl and place it on top of the surface of the water in the pot and let it float. Try to aim for the center of the pot if possible. This will give the most distilled water at a time.
4. Place the lid on the pot to cover it, but place it upside down when you cover the pot.
Once the bowl is floating in the water, place the top on the pot to keep the water from escaping. However, instead of placing the top on the pot the correct way, seal the pot by flipping the top upside down and closing the pot. This way the curved shape will allow the distilled water to build up on the surface of the lid on the inside of the pot and drip down towards the center where the floating bowl is.
You can place ice on top of the lid to speed up the distillation process. If the lid is placed on the pot upside down, then it shouldn’t slide off the lid, since the ice will rest on a concave surface. The ice will rest on top of the pot on the lid, outside of the pot. Not in the pot.
5. Wait for the distilled water to appear in the bowl from the condensation.
It will take some time for the water to purify, but the water that forms on the inner part of the pot on the lid and drips from the lid of the pot is purified water. This is basically all that is needed to make distilled water.
6. Set up the water funnel inside of your water bottle.
Set up the water funnel to pour the distilled water, and use the funnel to pour the distilled water safely into the empty water bottle to avoid spilling or wasting your precious water.
7. Collect the distilled water from the bowl in the pot using a scoop or measuring cup.
Use the scoop or measuring cup to collect the distilled water out of the bowl. Pour the distilled water into the plastic or glass empty water bottles using the water funnel.
8. Seal your water bottles once they are full.
This is it once you have filled the empty water bottle and sealed it. You have successfully (and easily) made distilled water in a bottle.
How To Make Bottled Water In A Survival Situation
Ok. So, this method isn’t completely reliant on making purified water with things found out in the wild, but it is pretty close.
Equipment needed for making bottled water in a survival situation:
- A piece of clean cloth.
- Fine sand.
- Coarse sand.
- Pebbles or gravel.
- A cut large plastic soda bottle.
1. Take the plastic soda bottle and cut off the bottom end.
Do not cut off the top where the bottle would normally be drank from (the slimmer end/the bottleneck). Cut the fatter section off so that the other components can be placed into the bottle as layers. The slimmer end of the bottle with the bottleneck will be used as a funnel to filter the dirty water through it and make cleaner water.
2. Form layers in the cut plastic bottle with the required components.
The layers will act as natural filters to filter the dirty water. Hold the cut plastic bottle upside down with the bottleneck facing towards the ground. Start by placing the piece of cloth at the bottleneck as the first filtration layer, then do layers of each component in this order: the piece of cloth, fine sand, charcoal, coarse sand, pebbles or gravel.
These layers, if done correctly, should have the pebbles or gravel sitting at the top of the bottle where the end was cut off, and have the bottleneck facing downwards.
3. Filter the dirty water by pouring the water through the man-made plastic bottle water filter that you created.
The water will come out cleaner on the other side and be safer to drink. This doesn’t guarantee water that doesn’t have bacteria or chemicals, but it will remove a lot of the sediments. The water can be boiled to kill off the microbes in the water afterwards. Boiling the water may also cause some of the chemicals in the water to evaporate out of it.