Maximize Your Health Episode: How to Clean Your Water Without a Filter

How about a twist of lime with that water? Recently on Maximize Your Health Radio, I discussed a study that showed increased effectiveness of solar disinfection of water using limes.

How to Clean Your Water Without a Filter – Dr. Josh Axe, Maximize Your Health Radio







Adding a lime to water that’s been treated with a solar disinfectant system can actually remove harmful bacteria from your drink.

“…Solar disinfection of water combined with citrus could be effective at greatly reducing E. coli levels…” says Kellogg Schwab, PhD, MS, director of the Johns Hopkins University Global Water Program
Good clean drinking water is very important to our overall wellness, and what better way to take control of your health than to make your own. A recent study published by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that adding limes to water that is being disinfected by the sun speeds up the disinfection process. Not only will you have naturally cleaned water, but it’ll have a twist of lime which boosts your immune system and fight seasonal allergies.

How to disinfect your own water: Fill a glass container with water. Cut up some limes and set it in the sun for 6-10 hrs.


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26 comments so far - add yours!

  1. That sounds reasonable… probably in a closed glass container to prevent any additional contamination.

  2. Gail Maxwell says:

    If you have a solar water heater, will it be the same if you get a glass of water and just put a lime in it?

    • Dr. Axe says:

      I think the solar water heater would be beneficial but not as beneficial as the sun. The sun provides your body with Vitamin D3 which has over 200 anti-microbial properties!

      • Miles Wilhelm says:

        How, exactly, would you get Vitamin D3 from the sun acting on a glass of water? I thought our bodies made D3 via biochemical means when we receive sunlight.

  3. Lauren says:

    I’m so happy to read this! I have been using limes in my water for years!

  4. Martha says:

    I’m going to try it!

    One question though: Does it take care of fluoride and chlorine as well?


    • Dr. Axe says:

      Hi Martha, Chlorine will naturally evaporate out of water over time, but I haven’t seen any studies about how this effects fluoride.

      These recommendations are not a complete replacement for other filters like RO, but if your on a budget it will still improve the integrity of your water.

  5. Betty Sue says:

    Thank you Dr. for that informative information about water. I am on an extremely fixed income, yet I am trying to change the way I eat and drink. This new info about the water will save me tons of money. All I really drink is water for the most part and I do like lemons. How many lemons would you recommend per gallon of water/

  6. Suzette Fisher says:

    How many limes per gallon of water?

    I’m thinking of filling a glass water bottle (16oz) with tap water, then should I add 1 wedge of lime or 2?

  7. onto says:

    You can also use limes for stubborn body odor. If you live in a humid climate, you know about that stubborn body odor that no matter how much you wash it and cover it up it will not go away. in Central America, they call it “el guerra”.. “the war”. Pretty funny.

    There is an enzyme in that lime that knocks it out. I can’t remember what the enzyme is called, but it kills that warring bacteria.

    If you let the limes turn, just a little bit, barely begin fermentation (not too far), it works even better..

    • Dr. Axe says:

      I agree. I also think baking soda works as a great natural deodorant.

      • onto says:

        a 3% solution of food grade H2O2 will also end the war.. :)

      • Patricia Webster says:

        I have been using Baking Soda for the past couple of years for deodorant. I buy Baking Soda without aluminum, keep it in a shaker jar in the bathroom and only use it after I shower. It lasts from shower to shower. Superior to any deodorant I have ever used!

      • june says:

        I’ve tried baking soda, peroxide that you buy at the store, rubbing alcohol, tree tee, rock, but nothing works over 2 hours.

      • FRED says:

        how effective is baking soda for a deoderant??

    • Stephen Crouse says:

      I have a friend who is a vegetarian. He said when he works around contractors who eat a flesh-based diet, the yellow jackets are attracted to their sweat instead of his. He attributes this to the their bodies releasing the putrifyied flesh.

  8. Deb says:

    Ok, the lime takes care of bacteria – but what amount particulate and chemicals. Not sure I see how this takes place of filtration.

  9. Brigitte Nelson says:

    We do not have e-coli in our well water, but recent tests show high iron. Any recommendation for getting rid of iron to make the water safe for consumption, or should we go back to the bought RO water?

  10. Tania =) says:

    This is awesome! Thanks for giving me a cost-effective way to drink clean water… that my WHOLE family can enjoy! My question: Does it matter if I cover the glass container or does it need to be able to evaporate some? Thanks! =)

  11. Bruce says:

    I’m sorry for the barage of questions to follow. I’m confused by your podcast. (please don’t “hear” this in the wrong tone of voice. I’m asking respectfully to learn) How does the sun light create vitamin D in the water? Is Vitamin D actually carried in the light waves? Doesn’t our body use the sunlight and somehow convert it to vitamin D? I thought maybe the same ultra violet rays that burn our skin kills the bacteria much in the same way those light wand water purifiers you put in the water works? Do those light wands produce vitamin D too? Thank you.

  12. Myra says:

    Nice to know that limes can help make clean water and make it taste good at same time. God’s creation is awesome! Thanks for the info Dr Axe ;^)

  13. Stephen Crouse says:

    Thankyou for the solar/citric solution for bacteria/chlorine. Is this effective for flourine?Thankyou, Stephen Crouse

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