Activated charcoal has many uses, but the main reason why homes have this product is because it is used as an antidote for several kinds of poison.

Although activated charcoal can be bought at a modest fee, you can save that money by making your own, especially if you’re into DIY activities. Here are the things you’ll need:

  • Coconut shells
  • Burning sink
  • Purified water
  • Pail
  • Oven
  • Hammer
  • Draining tray
  • Calcium chloride (25% solution)
  • Ziploc bags

You can also use wood in place of the coconut shells and zinc chloride instead of calcium chloride. If you don’t want to use a hammer, you can use your blender as an alternative.

With the materials and ingredients ready, here are the steps in making activated charcoal:

  1. Get rid of meat and fiber from the coconut shells. Wash them as well and allow them to dry completely.
  2. After that, burn the coconut shells in the burning sink at a temperature of at least 575 F. Do this for about four hours or until the shells turn to ash.
  3. Gather the ash and place it in the pail.
  4. Add the calcium or zinc chloride and soak the ash completely. Leave it in the solution for 24 hours, which will turn it into activated charcoal.
  5. Take the charcoal, put it on the draining tray, and wash there using the purified water, which will remove the chemical solution.
  6. Drain for at least an hour.
  7. Put the charcoal in the oven and fire it up to 215 F. Bake for about three hours.
  8. When done, use a hammer or blender to crush the charcoal into powder. Make sure it is in its smallest form.
  9. Finally, take the charcoal and store in Ziploc bags.

If you’re going to use the homemade activated charcoal for poisons, mix a third of a cup of the charcoal with one cup of water.

It's easy to make and it will always come in handy / FairCap
It’s easy to make and it will always come in handy / FairCap

Other Uses of Activated Charcoal

Aside from trapping chemicals and toxins to get rid of the poison, activated charcoal can also be used for the following purposes:

  • Teeth whitening, especially for removing stains caused by berries, wine, and coffee
  • Treating gas and bloating as it binds food byproducts that cause gas and discomfort
  • Preventing hangovers
  • Cleansing and removing toxic mold in the body

Since water has many impurities, such as solvents, pesticides, and other chemicals, you can use activated charcoal for filtering water.It’s always so handy to have activated charcoal in your home and it’s even more rewarding that you made it yourself.