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.

 Boiled Water

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

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.

How is distilled water is made?

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.

Items Needed

  1. A pot with a sealed lid
  2. A heat proof bowl – glass or ceramic
  3. Water
  4. Iced water
  5. A glass bottle to store the final product
  6. Fire 


  • 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!

Place bowl inside a pot of water

Bring to a boil – notice the steam created on the lid

Place iced water on the lid to begin condensation

After 10 minutes I had made 120g of distilled water


  • jumoke Posted August 9, 2017 5:00 pm

    Nice,thanks for this nugget!

    • Admin Posted August 11, 2017 9:39 am

      It’s a pleasure. Glad you enjoyed it

  • Mary Posted August 10, 2017 2:18 pm

    Thanks for the information I learnt alot

    • Admin Posted August 11, 2017 9:40 am

      Hello, Very happy to hear that!

  • Nnenna Posted August 16, 2017 3:14 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial;

    – Do you introduce ice on the pot lid with the flame still on (i.e. while water is still boiling)?
    – Also I’m a bit worried about the glass lid breaking given the quick change in temperature brought on by introducing ice to already hot glass lid.

    • Admin Posted August 24, 2017 9:26 am

      Add the ice before the water starts to boil. Glass CAN break with sudden change of temperature especially if its of a low quality… Preferably, please use stainless steel or ceramic as a cover and treat this pictorial as a demonstration. Thanks for bringing that up. Let us know how that went with you.

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