Picture of Distill Water Using Minimal Supplies
If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need reliably clean water, and you only have (what appears to be) garbage on hand, this may be one of your options.

This would be a likely option if you have reason to believe that filtering the water would not be enough. Make sure to check out Instructables about water filtration, it's useful!


Step 1: Supplies!

Picture of Supplies!
To use this method, we will need:
- A handful of straws (maybe 3-5) (bendy straws are best)
- A sharp implement (My Zebra F-301 was used in this project)
- Two cans of soda (And I'd like to hear about why Dr Pepper works best for this)
- A source of active heat (hot enough to boil water)

Some foil is recommended to make this project easier and more efficient, but is not vital to its operation. I will demonstrate how to use it if you have it. For this Instructable, I'll demonstrate using a campfire as my source of heat.
HelmutHound2 years ago
Isn't this poisonous? Heating aluminum cans or melting them, produces some nasty stuff
V-Man_737 (author)  HelmutHound2 years ago
The water is turned into a gas and forced into the other container, where it condenses into pure water. It has fewer aluminum impurities than your tap water.
I personally drank 12 ounces of it and haven't gotten sick from it at all.

Although, you probably don't want to make the cans so hot that they melt.

A quick Google search brings me this and this.