How to Make Tap Water Taste Good

How to Make Tap Water Taste Good Tips

In Japan, we are fortunate to be able to drink tap water. I often drink tap water, but in some places, it does not taste very good. So, in this article, I will talk about how to make tap water taste better.

Pass it through green tea

I said previously that vitamin C can help to minimize chlorine, but it’s not just found in lemons. Green tea leaves, in fact, are high in vitamin C. It’s even found in green tea leaves, and running water through green tea leaves can effectively break down chlorine. Put a pinch of tea leaves in a tea strainer and slowly pour tap water through it to pass green tea. The catechins and vitamin C in green tea will mix with the chlorine to reduce the chalky odor.

Add lemon juice

Add lemon juice

When the vitamin C in lemon juice binds with chlorine, it reduces the chlorine and eliminates the chalky odor. If you are drinking a small bit of water, such as a glass of water, I recommend adding a few drops of lemon juice, or sliced lemon if you are using it for a significant amount of water in a pitcher. By the way, after a few minutes, remove the lemon segments. If you keep them out for too long, they will get bitter. 

Add bamboo charcoal or activated charcoal

Charcoal has the ability to neutralize the odor and taste of water. You may drink lovely water without the chalky smell by simply pouring bamboo charcoal or activated charcoal in the water and leaving it there. Furthermore, the minerals in the charcoal will dissolve, making mineral water easier to create.

To be more specific, we recommend dissolving roughly a tenth of the charcoal in a glass of tap water and storing it in the refrigerator overnight. If you want to drink it right away, this is not the recipe for you, but you can make a large batch in a pitcher to save time.

Boil it


The most orthodox method is boiling the water. Boiling the water removes the chalky smell along with the steam, making it more palatable. However, be careful how long you boil it. If you turn off the heat immediately after boiling, a large amount of trihalomethane, a substance that is said to be carcinogenic, will be produced. To avoid this, keep the water boiling for at least 15 to 20 minutes after it has started to boil. This will ensure that the trihalomethane is removed and that you can safely drink it. 

Stir it around

You may be skeptical that just stirring will make the food taste better. You may be skeptical, but think you’ve been duped and give it a try. By stirring tap water in a plastic bottle, shaking it, or putting it in a blender for a few minutes, the chlorine will separate from the water and escape into the air. It is important to let the chlorine escape into the air, so use less water in the plastic bottle or mixer. When shaking the plastic bottle, imagine that the water and air are mixed (together).

Use a bottle to make your water taste better

Radium Bottle

Have you ever heard of a “radium bottle”? It is becoming very popular as a magical bottle that makes tap water taste better. A radium bottle is a Shigaraki ware bottle baked with radium ore. The alpha rays emitted from the radium ore mellow the taste of the water, and the negative ion effect enhances the taste of the water when left overnight.

The effect of the bottle is semi-permanent, so having one at home will last you a lifetime. Another type of bottle that I would like to recommend is a bottle with a water purification function. You can use it conveniently not only for tap water at home but also for tap water on the go.

Many of them have water purification cartridges attached to their drinking cups, so you can easily drink filtered, delicious water.

Add bakuhanseki

Add bakuhanseki

“Mugibanseki is a mineral-rich stone that can only be found in the Shirakawa-cho area of Gifu Prefecture. Bakuhanseki is highly absorbent, so if you leave it with water, it will remove impurities. In addition, the rich minerals contained in the bakuhanseki stone dissolve into the water, making it possible to produce high quality mineral water. Muganseki is sold at home centers and online, so if you want to make mineral water using tap water, you should certainly give it a try. The instructions are as follows.

If you are using it for the first time, wash the bakuhanseki with water and then boil it.

Add 100g-200g of bakuhanseki to 1 liter of water, and store in the refrigerator for about 6 hours.

Add water as you drink it and leave it for a while each time.

For maintenance, simply take out the Mugibanseki about once a month, rinse it with water, and then dry it in the sun.

The effect of the manganese stone will be restored and you can continue to use it semi-permanently.

Expose to sunlight

Exposing tap water in a plastic bottle to the sun will UV-degrade the chlorine and remove the chalky residue.

If you want to get rid of it completely, place it outdoors during the day for at least 6 hours.

Add a water purifier

water purifier

A water purifier is a good idea if you want to not only break down chlorine and get rid of the chalky smell but also filter out other impurities. However, installing a water purifier is expensive. I am the type of person who doesn’t care much, so I don’t use a water purifier.