The dictionary defines the term distilled water as “water from which impurities, such 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. Distilling water may take a little time, but the payoff is worth the effort, especially when the end results are pure water.
It does take some time to properly distill water, though, so let’s dive right in and learn how to distill your own water.
Why Distilled Water?
Water distillation can literally be a lifesaver. Distilling water removes all kinds of toxins from your water source. Bacteria, 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, too, as you can distill larger amounts at a time and store for later use.
Materials Needed for DIY Distilled Water
Here’s what you’ll need for kitchen distillation:
- A large pot (with a concave lid)
- A glass bowl
Steps for Distilling Water
Here are the steps involved in distilling your own water:
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, but 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.
Editor’s note: this post was originally published in September 2014. It has been completely updated and revamped for clarity and accuracy.