Introduction: Simple Water Filter Out of a Waterbottle

This Water Filter is very easy and quick to make. Most, if not all the materials can be found in or around your house.   A Water Filter can be a necessary survival item if you have no access to clean water.

Materials Needed:

- Water Bottle
- Scissors or Knife
- Coffee Filter, Cotton Balls, or fabric.
- Sand or charcoal
- Gravel
- Large gravel or small rocks
- Cup to hold filtered and non-filtered water.

Step 1:

1) Using your scissors or knife, cut of the very end of the water bottle like so...

Step 2:

2) Using your knife, scissors, or anything sharp, make a small hole in the center of the cap.  Make sure the cap is on tight!
In my case i used a small screwdriver and easily made a nice hole in the center.
A knife or scissors work just as well.

Step 3:

3) Now stick your coffee filter (or cotton balls or fabric) through the hole and down by the cap.  You may have to cut the size of the coffee filter down to make it fit in the bottle.  I had to use a pen to push the coffee filter down to the bottom. 

Step 4:

4) Now get your sand or crushed charcoal and fill up the bottle about 2 inches. 

Step 5:

5) Next, add your gravel into the bottle. Around 2 inches of gravel should be enough.

Step 6:

6) Finally add your larger gravel or small rocks into the bottle.  Again, 1-2 inches is enough. 
Your water filter is now complete!  Just put the filter over your cup for filtered water. 
With the other cup, pour the dirty/muddy water into the filter.

Step 7:

Watch your dirty water come out filtered!  
Boil the filtered water to completely rid of all bacteria and such!
Enjoy!

Comments

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jessicaholder made it!(author)2017-06-23

love love love it

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tsa123 made it!(author)2017-03-02

I got good Ideas to but can you make one with a switch to turn it on and off. Also 4 feet long..

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Maha647 made it!(author)2017-01-16

Why did u put the things in that order

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gingc4120 made it!(author)2017-01-09

wow that is cool

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AdamC92 made it!(author)2016-01-11

this is so awesome

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vegetariansunite made it!(author)2016-11-08

not as awesome as my head

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mxafentakis made it!(author)2016-11-02

well done!

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vegetariansunite made it!(author)2016-11-08

thank you so much, this means the world to me!!! love you more than life itself....

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vegetariansunite made it!(author)2016-11-08

thanks a ton! wanna get married?

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vegetariansunite made it!(author)2016-11-08

thank you so much that means a lot

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vegetariansunite made it!(author)2016-11-08

this has changed my life entirely. I am now a carnivore. i love you, Pinocchio. i'm marrying Pinocchio. Here's a picture

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serpkilla made it!(author)2016-10-05

Pretty nice, I've made these types of filters a few times, but decided to opt for a more

professional option for my future use.

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heuman116 made it!(author)2016-01-11

How long does it take for the water to go through the filter to the bottom?

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AdamC92 made it!(author)2016-01-11

lol

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QFED1 made it!(author)2015-12-15

DANG! I need instructions to make one that does not use gravel or rocks.

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QFED1 made it!(author)2015-12-15

hi

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Jese+RodriquezJ made it!(author)2015-12-03

If you really concern about water filter. You should see these reverse osmosis system reviews articles.

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Jese+RodriquezJ made it!(author)2015-12-03

Looks more funny than useful

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Rainbowdash16 made it!(author)2015-11-30

Thank you for this wonderful idea. now i have something to do for my I.P (investigatory project) coz i've been running out of ideas lately HEHEHE !!!!!

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Rainbowdash16 made it!(author)2015-11-30

Thank you for this wonderful idea. now i have something to do for my I.P (investigatory project) coz i've been running out of ideas lately HEHEHE !!!!!

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Rainbowdash16 made it!(author)2015-11-30

Thank you for this wonderful idea. now i have something to do for my I.P (investigatory project) coz i've been running out of ideas lately HEHEHE !!!!!

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rodiongboy2 made it!(author)2015-10-25

awesome filter& best part easy to make most stuff is expensive to buy because im12 looking for stuff like this

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rodiongboy2 made it!(author)2015-10-25

awesome filter& best part easy to make most stuff is expensive to buy because im12 looking for stuff like this

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JadaD1 made it!(author)2015-10-22

I'm so happy this guy put this on the internet, now for once I wont flunk my classes. I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M ACTUALLY DOING MY HOMEWORK!!!!!!!!!

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GamersB made it!(author)2015-08-11

using this as my science fair project. thank you.

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bananaiscool made it!(author)2015-04-28

this actually works everytime

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bananaiscool made it!(author)2015-04-28

i know right

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TerraBlade+ made it!(author)2015-04-27

I am gonna make this thing!

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TerraBlade+ made it!(author)2015-04-27

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flamefire65 made it!(author)2015-04-23

I can do this easily

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flamefire65 made it!(author)2015-04-23

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anglecake14 made it!(author)2015-03-18

dose it work?????????????????????????

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IsaiahY made it!(author)2014-11-03

Very cool, I am going to use this in my science fair project :D

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CoreyD1 made it!(author)2015-02-17

cool dude

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pole1214 made it!(author)2014-12-03

Isaiah thats what I'm doing for my science project to

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topseyturvey%21 made it!(author)2014-04-04

this is interesting! i might try it... BTW bioling water doesn't kill all the bacteria.

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VadimS made it!(author)2012-08-14

Neet, though just a warning. This will not remove bacteria (what's actually bad for you) just particles.
It's based on a slow sand filter, but it won't work as one.

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antioch made it!(author)2014-03-07

actually, with a regular supply of moisture, some beneficial bacteria will develop in the sand. to make use of these, there should be about 4-5 times more sand in the bottle in order to slow down the current.

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VadimS made it!(author)2014-03-08

You're talking about a slow sand filter. Something the size of a 55 gallon drum would work.

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letstormdufield made it!(author)2012-08-14

Read step 7

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SpencerrH made it!(author)2012-08-14

yes, its just supposed to filter out leaves, sticks, small rocks, etc. so all you have to do is boil it.

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Kiteman made it!(author)2012-08-14

Congratulations on posting your first Instructable - have you seen the rewards you can get as a new author?

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Housedog made it!(author)2014-03-07

This is what your links produces, Kiteman

"Sorry, we just can't find that one!"

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Kiteman made it!(author)2014-03-07

Try again, it works for me.

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antioch made it!(author)2014-03-07

We're sorry, the URL is either incorrect or no longer available.
Maybe you are looking for one of the following Instructables below.

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Kiteman made it!(author)2014-03-07

Ach, now it's working for me either. Sorry, folks.

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tisaconundrum made it!(author)2014-03-07

same message.

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MechanicalJayhawk made it!(author)2014-03-07

Must have just been taken down or only set up to be seen by pro memberships? I'm getting the same message.

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samalert made it!(author)2014-03-07

i am pro member but still its not visible.

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Diamond+Joe made it!(author)2014-03-07

Awesome! I've been looking for something like this. One question; is there a limit to how many times this filter can be used before changing the coffee filter, gravel, etc?

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