Tuesday 13 May 2014

Interesting facts and Amazing health benefits of Storing water in (mud pot/clay pot/earthen pot/Man paanai/Mudka)

Storing water in (mud pot/clay pot/earthen pot/Man paanai/Mudka)

Oh what a relief if we drink mutkas/mud/Clay pot/man paanai stored water after a tiring work on a sunny day. 

Peep on Madka water/Man paanai water/mud pot water/earthen pot water interesting facts that one should definitely know.

How does the water stored in mud pot remains cool??????

 I have always wondered, "how come the water stored in mud pot remains cool even if you place the mud pot in a place where it has sunshine?". 

The mud pots have minute pores and when the water is stored in these pots, a small amount of water keeps oozing out. This oozed out water, gets evaporated after absorbing the heat of stored water. This process is continuously happening, giving us the end result of cooooooool mudka water.

Ever experienced the refreshing flavour when you drink matka water???? No, then you should definitely try once.

Why do we need to drink water stored in mud pots?

 Storing water in mud pot is an age old tradition, also a best and natural alternative for refrigerated water. 

Many prefer to drink fridge water for an immediate thirst relief, especially during summer

Do you know that drinking fridge water will often prone you to catch cold and cough, sometimes even fever??? 

Health benefits of drinking clay pot water:

Let us now peep into health benefits of drinking water stored in earthen/clay/mud pot.  
  • Water stored in mud pot acts gentle on your throat, and is good for your health.
  • Clay pot retains the minerals of water and provides a healthy drinking water
  • Clay pot has the property of altering the water coolness depending upon the climate or weather conditions,  hence it acts gentle on your body.
  • Plastic stored water adds harmful chemicals to water when stored for a longer duration or when exposed to sun, but clay pot water never transfers any harmful chemicals instead is filled with essential micro nutrients and healing elements of earth which are naturally good for your health.
  • Clay's alkaline nature neutralises the acidic nature of water and hence giving us a PH balanced water. 
  • Drinking clay pot water maintains testosterone levels on contrary to plastic stored water which reduces these levels. 

The other advantages of mud pots are, 

  • No electricity needed
  • Has natural appealing mud colour and will not discolour over time 
  • Bio degradable
  • Requires less maintenance cost
  • Easy cleaning and doesn't require any technicians 
  •  Never produces harmful bi products when these clay pots are produced by potters.

Storing water in (mud pot/clay pot/earthen pot/Man paanai/Mudka)

How to clean the mud pot and store water in them?

First time: 

After you buy the mud pot, the first step is cleaning. 
Use a scrubber to scrub off mud and wash it well with water.

When you store water, first boil the water and cool it to room temperature then store it in mudka. In addition to boiling, it is best practice to filter the water before storing.

Also cover the mudpot with a plate to avoid dust or insects getting into water. You can either use a stainless steel plate or even a mud plate too.

Generally, the mudpot/mudka is kept on a heap of sand also a wet cloth is covered over it for additional cooling. 

If you cant keep it over sand, just keep it over a wide mouthed container that it collects all the oozed water. Don't forget to discard this collected water frequently.


Regular storage of water in mud pot leads to scum accumulated at the bottom. 

So, it is a good practice to scrub and clean the clay pot after every use in order to avoid dirt and scum getting accumulated. After cleaning, dry the pots and then refill it.
Never attempt to use any detergent for washing of mudka, since this might get absorbed and released in stored water which is definitely harmful for your health.

When to replace the old mud pot with new one? 

If your mud pot starts leaking or if you see visible cracks, then it is better to replace it with a new one. 

Generally, a mud pot can retain the coolness for one year and might slowly lose its cooling capacity. When you feel that mud pot is not giving you enough coolness, then it is the right time to switch to new one.
These inexpensive mud pots are eco friendly and decomposes easily. Unlike plastics, when discarded, the mud pots never create any harmful side effects to mother nature 

Where do I buy mud pots? 

It is available with all road side vendors, especially during summer you can see more of these mud pots sold by them. 
There are lots of varieties in different sizes and shapes are available in the market. The traditional ones, pots with taps, jug type mudpots, surahi type mudpot and many more. 

Even mud pot water bottles are available for our convenience. You can always choose the one that best fits you.
To conclude, these mudpots are not only eco friendly but promotes the growth of pottery business too.

Are you ready to grab a Mudpot/Mudka for your home?????


  1. Dear Ms.Harini Aravind,

    First of all, appreciations and applause to ur initiative towards eco-friendly & healthy living.

    Could u please detail the curing process of mud pot (for drinking water)?
    Do you have any idea about earthenware refrigerators to store fruits & vegetables?
    If so, please throw some light on it.


    1. Hi Naveen, Thanks for your motivating comments.

      If you are using mud pot for cooking you need to follow a lengthy curing process but for storing water just Clean the mud pot with a brush or scrub pad and wash it nicely to remove the mud. Then you can start storing water and frequent cleaning is required to avoid dirt getting deposited.

      I am afraid I have not much idea about earthenware refrigerators.


  2. Today i bought mud pot to keep water. Want to follow our culture.

  3. Hi Naveen and Harini,

    Recently I came across this website, mitticool.com
    Once go through it. It may be useful to you


  4. how to remove the smell of sand
    in mud pot ....?????

    1. You need to follow the cleaning process of scrubbing the mud off and washing it before storing the water. If you are using the mud pot for cooking then check out http://www.upala.net/2013/12/cooking-with-clay-pot.html?showComment=1490858706095#c4335188882634645093 for curing process

  5. How much water will leak for the first time.

    1. It might leak around 1 cup of water during first time and it varies according to pot size.

  6. Yesterday I bought man paanai. Water is leaking a lot. I placed a small container which starts overflowing during night. What should I do?

    1. Hi Ashok, thanks for visiting my blog. Initial few days, you might experience more water leakage so try placing a bigger bowl. Alternatively, you can place it on a pile of mud too. After few days, the water leakage would reduce considerably.

  7. Does the water leakage stops or it continues always. Also when I fill water the color till the level of water is little dark. Is that normal...

  8. Hello,for how long does it leaks.. and also when I fill water the area becomes darker from outside till the water level.. this also normal.

    1. The amount of water leaking will get decreased over time but will not stop altogether. The colour of mud pot turns to little dark in colour from outside till the water level inside and it is normal.

  9. Hi,
    is it suggestible to store and use water in the earthern pot in monsoon too ? is there any specific weather to drink water from earthen pots?

    1. There is no specific weather to drink water from earthen pots and it is suitable for all seasons. Only thing that you need to check is whether your body is accepting the chill water from an earthen pot during extreme cold conditions.

  10. Can I fix the leaking of mud pot ? Please suggest any way

  11. Can I fix the leaking of mud pot ? Please suggest any way

  12. This is really informative and valuable blog, keep sharing, I will make sure to be reading your blog more
    Bio globe Singapore

  13. Its a really healthy option . I had been drinking water from clay bottles since last 3 years. It is so refreshing everyone should try.