Interesting Approach to DIY Water Filtration

I came across this the other day on Ranger Rick’s Survival Outdoor Skills website. I’ll confess I’ve not tried it yet myself but the logic appears sound.

While this method of water filtration is time consuming, it is passive. Meaning, you can just set it up and let it go while you’re busy with other things. What you’ll need are two containers and some cotton cloth.

Fill the first container with the dirty water and set it up so it sits a little higher than the second, empty, container.

Rest one end of your cotton cloth in the dirty water and drape the other end into the clean container. It helps if the ends are roughly cut, so as to expose as many cotton fibers as possible.

Slowly, water is drawn up those fibers and eventually will drip down into the empty container. As the water moves through the cloth, the particulates are filtered out.

Now, this method will NOT remove harmful bacteria so you’ll still need to purify it through boiling or chemical means. But, if you’ve run out of coffee filters or just have no other means of getting dirt and such out of the water, this should work well.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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