How do I make alkaline water at home?

Updated April 13, 2018

Although there is no proof that drinking alkaline water is beneficial, some people prefer water that is highly alkaline. The alkalinity of water refers to its pH. Normal tap water has a pH of 7.0, according to Alkaline Water System, whereas alkaline water has a pH of 8.5 to 9.0, reports Health Guidance. There are three ways to raise the pH of water: use a distiller, add ingredients to raise the alkalinity or use a water ioniser. Of these methods, the simplest and cheapest is to add ingredients to create alkaline water.

Fill a 1-gallon container with water. Leave at least 1 inch of air space at the top of the container. Depending on your water supply, you may choose to use either tap or bottled water.

Add 1 tsp baking soda to the container.

Screw the lid on the container and shake to dissolve the baking soda.

Use a pH test strip to test the alkalinity of the water. Perform the test according to the test strip's directions. Add more baking soda, if necessary, to bring the water's pH up to 8.5 to 9.0. When adding more baking soda, add ½ tsp at a time, shaking the container well between each addition.

Store the sealed container in the refrigerator.

Pour ½ gallon of distilled or filtered water into a 1-gallon container.

Add 1 tsp sea salt to the container.

Add 1 tsp coral calcium powder.

Wash a lemon and slice it in half. Squeeze the juice from the lemon into a small bowl. Remove any seeds from the juice, and pour it into the container.

Screw the lid on the container and shake the container to mix the ingredients.

Remove the lid and fill the container, leaving at least an inch of air space at the top, with additional distilled or filtered water. Replace the lid and shake the container again.

Store the sealed container in the refrigerator.

Things You'll Need

  • Tap, bottled, distilled or filtered water
  • Gallon container with screw-top lid
  • Baking soda
  • pH test strips
  • Sea salt
  • Coral calcium powder
  • Lemon
  • Kitchen knife
  • Small bowl
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Drue Tibbits is a writer based in Central Florida, where she attended Florida Southern College. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur and Your Home magazines. She has also been profiled in the Florida Today newspaper and the Writer's Digest magazine. In addition to writing brochure copy for local businesses, she helps new start-up companies develop a local image presence.