Making your own activated charcoal water filter can really benefit your health. Carbon filtering is a method of filtering that uses a bed of activated carbon to remove contaminants and impurities, using chemical absorption.
Activated carbon works via a process called adsorption, which involves treating and trapping pollutant molecules in the fluid inside the pore structure of the carbon substrate.
We use carbon filtering for water purification, and it is also commonly used in air purifiers and industrial gas processing, respirator masks, the purification of sugarcane and in the recovery of precious metals.
Activated charcoal carbon filters are most effective at removing:
However, activated charcoal filters are not effective at removing minerals, salts and dissolved inorganic compounds.
Charcoal takes out strange taste and odor, which we cannot often identify. Also, if you live close to a farm, you should also make sure to remove the organics imbued with insecticides and pesticides. You will need the following to get you started:
The activated charcoal or activated carbon should be coconut shell-based and it should be pre-acid washed. You can purchase it from us or get it at pet stores or aquarium stores. The first step is to put the coffee filter over a cup (3). Next, put the charcoal in the filter and slowly pour the water over it (4). Wait until all water has passed through the filter (5). In the end, you will get water that has no odor, no taste and no trace of insecticides or pesticides.
The pictures below show the steps you need to take to obtain clean, drinkable water with an activated charcoal filter:
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