According to Dictionary.com the term distilled water means water from which impurities, as dissolved salts and colloidal
particles; have been removed by one or more processes of distillation; chemically pure water. Although the process for making distilled water may sound complicated, it really isn’t.
It does take some time to properly distill water so let’s dive right in and learn how to distill your own water.
Water distillation can literally be a lifesaver. Distilling water removes all kinds of toxins from your water source. Bacteria, toxins, particles, metals, viruses, and much more are all left behind when you properly distill water.
Distillation can convert any kind of water you have (tap, salt, waste or even water from streams, rivers or ponds) into a potable source of water. Distillation takes just a few household items to provide you with a safe drinking water source.
Distilling water in your kitchen is a great idea for preppers as you can distill larger amounts at a time and store for later use.
Materials needed for kitchen distillation:
- A large pot (with a concave lid)
- A glass bowl
Step 1: Fill it up!
Fill your pot full and place it on medium to high heat. Put more water in your pot than you plan to distill at a time since you’ll lose some in the process.
Step 2: Float it!
Drop your glass bowl into the pot, making sure it floats. You must be able to pour water into the glass bowl while it is floating. Then place your lid on the pot upside down (so the curved part of the lid is downward).
Step 3: Create condensation!
Place your ice onto the concave lid. Make sure you have plenty of ice on the lid, although don’t overfill it. The ice cools the distillate and speeds up condensation in the pot.
Step 4: Cool it down!
As the ice cools the moisture-filled air in the pot, water droplets form and cling to the lid. Eventually, the droplets (now distilled water) fall into the bowl floating in the water.
Step 5: Pay attention!
Pay close attention to your floating bowl—it holds your distilled water. Remove it from the pot before it becomes too full and sinks. Once it is full (and still floating) remove the lid and take the bowl out of the pot. Take your freshly distilled water out of the bowl and store it however you wish. Repeat as needed until you have the amount of distilled water you were striving for.
Have you got a stash of water you distilled yourself? Did you have fun prepping it all? Share with us in the comments section.
Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.
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