How to Disinfect Water with a Household Product

How to Disinfect Water with a Household Product
How to Disinfect Water with a Household Product

What Household Product Can Be Used to Disinfect Water for Drinking in an Emergency?

  • Antibacterial Soap
  • Bleach
  • Lemon Juice
  • Charcoal
  • TEST

Answer: Bleach

Bleach can kill you, or it can save your life. Just two drops of bleach per quart or liter of water will disinfect it. Add the bleach, then stir it well. The bleach will kill any germs, viruses, and pathogens from the water, and then it will mostly evaporate over time. Let the mix stand for a half hour before drinking. Alternately, you can also boil water to kill the micro-organisms in it.

Can I Use Charcoal to Disinfect Water?

No. Charcoal can filter water, and remove small bits that might make it cloudy, but that doesn’t make the water safe to drink. Think of it as charcoal removing a lot of the things you can see, while bleach removes the terrifying things you can’t see.