How to Make Distilled Water
Distilled water is referred for Formulations
What is distilled water? Distillation is the process in which water is boiled, evaporated and the vapour condensed. This is the oldest form of purifying water. Distilled water is the preferred state of water for formulations – especially delicate formulations. This is because it is free of contaminants, minerals, metals and organism (organic material) that could influence and interfere with your formulation process. We don’t stock distilled water. While you might be able to get one from a good pharmacy you can also make as much as you need in the comfort of your own kitchen. Keep reading to find out how.
While boiled water does kill off some germs, there are still some that can survive well above the boiling point. Your water is still not free from several unwanted particles that could influence your formulation – in fact it is more concentrated since you have lost pure water through the evaporated steam.
Purified water can come from various sources such as a spring or even tap water. Purified water can be purified using different methods such as reverse osmosis or distillation. Distilled water is purified water. The method of distilling is can be expensive for bottling companies though, so other ways of purifying water without generating heat (boiling) is usually employed because of its low costs. Unless otherwise stated, purified water can be made through any of the standard purification processes.
Is Distilled Water good for Consumption?
Just in case you are wondering (I wondered too), according to Dr. Zoltan P. Rona MD MSc “Distilled water can only be recommended as a way of drawing poisons out of the body. Once this is accomplished, the continued drinking of distilled water is a bad idea. Water filtered through reverse osmosis tends to be neutral and is acceptable for regular use provided minerals are supplemented.
You can use purified water or tap water to produce distilled water. The sum of the process is this – As the water (with its contaminants) is boiled, the pure water turns into steam and is captured and cooled and thus becomes distilled water. The remaining water contains all of the contaminants.
- A pot with a sealed lid
- A heat proof bowl – glass or ceramic
- Iced water
- A glass bottle to store the final product
- First begin with clean tools
- Put some water in a clean pot.
- Place heat resistant glass bowl inside to float.
- Cover the lid with the pot cover upside down – make sure there are no escape routes for the steam. You can close any tiny hole with foil.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Place ice on the upside-down cover (this will help the steam turn more quickly to water).
- Keep the process up until you have collected enough water for your project.
- Save your distilled water in a clean glass bottle preferably.
See Pictorial Description below. Happy Formulating!