As we’ve said before, there are a lot of different elements that come into play with the prepper lifestyle. Some will tell you that the kind of gear you have is the most important, whereas others will argue that the skills you know is what keeps you alive.
No matter your stance here, we can all agree that there are some skills every prepper should know. Boiling water is often said to be one of the most important prepper skills, but does boiling water remove chemicals like we think?
The general consensus surrounding boiling water is that doing so helps to remove harmful chemicals which would otherwise make the water inedible. However, there seems to be some confusion and rumors surrounding this whole process that has a lot of preppers stumped as to whether or not this works and if they’re doing it the right way.
Knowing how to properly boil and sanitize water for your consumption is extremely important should you ever find yourself in a survival situation, so without further ado, let’s dive a bit deeper into this subject.
Does Boiling Water Actually Remove Harmful Chemicals From Water?
First thing’s first, let’s address the concern surrounding whether or not boiling water actually has any impact on your ability to drink certain types of water.
To be blunt, yes — boiling water does remove nasty chemicals that could cause serious havoc throughout your body. This is a process that’s often referred to as distillation, and it’s the absolute best method out there for ensuring that the water you’re drinking is safe and healthy.
People have been boiling water for decades upon decades, as it’s the go-to solution for turning non-healthy water into something that you can drink without any worries. In other words, don’t listen to the rumors out there saying that this process is meaningless and has no real world effects.
Do I Need to Boil Every Water Substance That I Want to Drink?
Something else that we’ve noticed recently is that a lot of people have been asking, “Does boiling tap water remove chemicals?”.
Although you could technically boil tap water if you wanted to, there’s really no need to do this.
Distillation is very effective at removing chemicals and other nasty bacteria from water, but if you’re getting water from a tap, chances are it’s already safe for you to drink. Distillation is often kept for water that you find out in the wild where you don’t know exactly where it came from — such as a lake, pond, puddle, etc.
While you won’t really be harming yourself by boiling tap water, it’s simply an unnecessary step that you don’t need to take. You can choose to do so if you’d really like, but for most people, this is just a waste of time.
How to Distill Water
Distilling/boiling water for safe consumption is a skill that we recommend all preppers to be aware of and know how to do. It can often be the difference between life and death when fighting for your life, and if you’ve never learned how to do this or need some refreshers, we’re here to help get you started.
Each prepper has their own preferred way for distilling water, and while you might disagree with some of the methods listed here, these are three of the most popular ways to turn dangerous water into something that could help extend your life.
With that said, here are the three methods that we like best:
Distilling Water with a Glass Bowl
For this first method, we’ll be talking about how to distill water with a glass bowl.
First thing’s first, you’ll want to get a 5-gallon stainless steel pot and fill it about halfway full with water. Once you’ve done this, take a glass bowl and then put it in the water you’ve just added to the bowl. When doing this, the bowl should not be touching the bottom of the pot it’s sitting in.
With the glass bowl now in the stainless steel pot, you should start to notice water slowly collecting in the bowl. The water in the pot should be hot, but it shouldn’t be boiling quite yet. If it starts to do this, turn the heat down until it stops.
Next, it’s time to create the effect of condensation with your own hot/cold barrier system. This is easily achieved by taking the lid off of the pot and putting it on upside down (inverted). Once you do this, fill the underside of it with ice. With the hot steam hitting the lid that’s being cooled by the ice, condensation will occur.
With the condensation taking place, you’re now ready to boil the water that’s in the pot. Condensation will drip into the bowl as water rises and falls thanks to the system you’ve created, and you’ll want to let this whole distillation process go on until the glass bowl is filled with as much water as you need.
Distilling Water with a Glass Bottle
If you don’t have your hands on a glass bowl and/or want to distill water into a much more portable package, you can follow the same general system when using a glass bottle.
First, fill a glass bottle with water until there’s about 5-inches remaining from the top. Take another bottle that’s empty, and then join the head together with the one that you’ve just filled up. Fill up a 5-gallon stainless steel pot once more and then put the bottle with water inside of it into the pot. Put an ice pack on the empty bottle that’s connected, and you’ll create a similar condensation system.
Distill Rainwater into Drinking Water
Lastly, you can also take advantage of a rainy day and turn the sky’s precipitation into healthy and delicious drinking water for later on.
Get a large container that’s clean, and put it outside during a rainstorm. Let the full container sit outside for at least 2 full days so that the minerals in the water can dissipate, and then check up on it. You can try drinking it as is, but if you want to really make sure that you won’t get sick from it, try boiling it with one of the methods mentioned above.
No matter which route you go, these are all three ways for knowing how to remove chemicals from water naturally.
Now that you’ve made it to this point of the article, hopefully you’ll be able to properly answer someone next time you hear them asking, “Does boiling water remove chemicals?” Boiling/distilling water is a very useful skill, and in some situations, could be the difference between you living or dying. Play it smart, memorize these tips, and live with confidence that you don’t need to rely on the tap for clean drinking water.