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How to Make a Homemade Water Filter for Tap Water

Updated July 20, 2017

Filtering your drinking water may not be as expensive of an undertaking as you may think. You can create a homemade water filter for your tap water by using common household items that you use everyday. The homemade filter can clean water as well as most expensive store bought filters.

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  1. Place a coffee filter in the metal strainer.

  2. Line the bottom of the filter with 2 tablespoons of fish tank charcoal.

  3. Place another coffee filter on top of the layer of charcoal.

  4. Run water through the filter to make sure it is clean and free of harmful bacteria. Store cleaned water in airtight containers for future use.

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Things You'll Need

  • Small metal mesh strainer with long handle
  • Fish tank charcoal
  • 2 coffee filters

About the Author

Carroll Roop started writing professionally in 1995 after spending over 20 years teaching. Carroll has written for many print publications including "Triad Now," "UpCountry" and "Maverick" magazines. She has written about such topics as travel and music. She began editing for "Triad Now" in 2000, overseeing the travel department. She earned a bachelor's degree in English at Patrick Henry Community College.

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