You can get your house cleaners to clean just about anything or any part of your home. Especially if you live in the London area and have access to the top level cleaning services available there. But there are some things you will always need to do for yourself, maybe not often, but once in a while, when the occasion arises – things like cleaning your drinking water.
Water is something we all take for granted and presume that we can just open the tap and drink it. That’s usually true, but what happens if the water does get contaminated for a few days – broken water mains and chemical spills are not that uncommon. You can buy bottled water for drinking, but you still need water for so much else and a few simple steps will ensure that your water is safe to use.
The two most common methods of doing this are by boiling the water or using iodine tablets.
How to clean your water – step by step quide
Boiling is the simplest method of cleaning water and requires no special equipment or chemicals of any kind. Start by finding a container large enough to hold the quantity of water you want to boil. Clean it out thoroughly using clean water (use bottled water if need be), using a disinfectant if necessary. Rinse out the container and let it dry. Fill the container with tap water and place it on the stove with the heat turned to maximum. Once the water starts boiling, wait for a minute and skim off any scum or residue that may rise to the surface. Repeat if required. Allow the water to boil for at least 3 minutes and then turn off the heat. Transfer the water to another clean container. It is important that you do not store boiled water in the same container since this may have contaminants or bacteria left as deposits from the un-boiled water. Keep the container with the cleaned water covered. If you find the taste of the boiled water unpleasant, add a pinch of salt to it as it boils.
The other common method for cleaning water is to use iodine tablets. This again requires a clean pot and iodine tablets available from any chemist. Add the tablets to the water as per the manufacturer’s recommendations and allow the water to stand for at least 30 minutes after the tablets are added. Remember using too much or too little iodine can be dangerous. Transfer the water to a clean container for storage. Do not use this method if you or any member of the family has a thyroid problem.