Sometimes you need distilled water, such as when filling your aquarium.
If you’ve ever wondered how to make distilled water, it might surprise you to learn that you can make your own distilled water at home with the use of your humble kettle.
What, exactly, is distilled water?
Distilled water is basically water that gets boiled so that it becomes steam and then it’s cooled down so that it becomes water again. This removes its mineral content.
You can use distilled water for a variety of purposes around the home, such as in your steam irons, in your aquariums, and for watering your plants. So, if you want to make it yourself, grab your kettle – here’s your guide on making distilled water.
How To Make Distilled Water At Home
Making distilled water with your kettle is really easy.
Here are the steps you should follow.
- Start by filling a kettle with water from your tap.
- Allow the kettle to come to a boil.
- Open the kettle lid but don’t take it off the heat.
- Take a plastic bowl that you can put over your kettle. Leave it there for five minutes. This will serve to trap the steam from the boiling water.
- The steam will turn to liquid and this is basically the distilled water you want.
- Remove the plastic container and put a lid on it so that you seal it in the distilled water.
The problem with the above tutorial is that you won’t be able to make a large amount of distilled water in one go.
If that’s what you want, you should follow our next tutorial!
Make Larger Quantities Of Distilled Water With A Kettle
- Start by gathering some important items: your kettle, a 30cm long connecting tube, a plastic bowl/cup, and plastic wrap.
- Cover a plastic cup/bowl with plastic wrap. Then, make a small hole on the top or on the side of the bowl and insert the connecting tube to this.
- Put the other end of the tube into the spout of your kettle.
When you’re all set up, turn on the kettle and bring it to a boil. You should do this for about 10 minutes. The steam will travel along the tube to the plastic bowl and produce distilled water.
Extra Tips For Making Distilled Water With Your Kettle
- If the process is going a little too slowly for your liking, here’s a clever hack: put ice cubes on the plastic bowl where the steam will become trapped. This will help to quicken the condensation process.
- Store the distilled water in the right container. Make sure you store your water in a glass or stainless steel container so that the chemicals and odours from other containers, such as those made from plastic, won’t enter the water.
Can You Drink Distilled Water?
You can drink distilled water but it won’t taste like regular water.
It’s said to be less tasty than drinking bottled water. However, it’s been said that drinking distilled water can improve your health but this hasn’t been verified.
Still, there are some pros to drinking distilled water, such as that it’s free of harmful chemicals that can be present in your tap water. An important drawback to bear in mind if you want to drink distilled water is that it’s difficult to store.
As mentioned earlier, this is because it draws minerals from the material that it comes into contact with, so it can absorb trace plastic from containers that are it in.
What About Making Distilled Water With A Pot On The Stove?
You can find tutorials online for making distilled water on the stove with the use of a pot instead of a kettle.
Should you try this method instead?
Let’s check it out and see how it works and if it’s easier to do.
If you want to make distilled water on the stove, here’s how to go about it.
What you’ll need:
- Large pot
- Smaller pot (it should be able to fit inside the larger pot)
- Tap water
- Put a large pot with eight cups of tap water inside it on the stove.
- Put a smaller pot inside the large pot so that it floats on the water.
- Switch the stove on medium-high heat. You want it to simmer instead of boil too quickly. Aim for keeping the water at around 180 or 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Put the lid of the large pot upside-down on it. This serves to collect the distilled water so that it trickles into the smaller pot.
- When that’s done, you want to load the top of the inverted lid with ice. This is a clever hack because it results in a difference in temperature on both sides of the lid that will make the condensation process go faster.
- Then, you have to wait. You might have to top up on the ice after about 30 minutes.
Is Making Distilled Water On The Stove Easier?
If you need a small amount of distilled water, you can use your kettle. If you want to increase the amount you make, choosing to do so on the stove might be easier if you don’t have a pipe and other items on hand, although you will need some ice to speed up the process.
It’s also important to bear in mind that making distilled water in a pot on the stove will enable you to leave the distilled water to get produced because it can simmer on the heat much better than what you’ll experience with the use of a kettle.
With a kettle, it’s difficult to maintain the hot temperature because it will come to a boil and then start to cool down. So, making distilled water with a pot can be a little more user-friendly.
What Can You Do With Distilled Water?
Here are some of the most popular uses for distilled water.
- You can use distilled water in lab experiments. Since you don’t want minerals or contaminants to get in the way of your accuracy when doing laboratory experiments, distilled water is recommended.
- You can use distilled water in a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine is used by people who suffer from sleep apnea and it usually makes use of a water tank to add moisture to the air. Distilled water is recommended for these small tanks to prevent bacteria and mineral deposits from accumulating in the machine.
- You can use distilled water in humidifiers. These machines keep the air moist, which makes it easier to breathe. If you’re using tap water in your humidifier, this can result in minerals and other particles accumulating in, and damaging, the humidifier.
- You can put distilled water in your aquarium. Since it’s free of minerals and chlorine, it’s safe for your fish. Just make sure you add minerals to the water to keep your fish healthy! You should also check the pH levels of the water regularly.
- You can use distilled water to steam your clothes. Although some steam irons require you to use equal parts tap water and distilled water, you can use distilled water alone in other models.
Distilled water is great for steaming clothes because it prevents marks on them that can be caused by tap water which contains minerals and limescale, especially if you live in an area that contains hard water. Distilled water will also prevent damage to your iron, so it will lengthen its lifespan.
- You can use distilled water on your plants. Research has shown that when plants are watered with distilled water they grow faster and are stronger. They tend to produce more leaves, too.
That said, distilled water isn’t something you should completely rely on when watering your plants because it’s only good for hydration. It doesn’t have minerals that can benefit plants, so bear that in mind.
Can you use distilled water in your car’s coolant?
You should never put distilled water (or any water!) in your car’s coolant. This is because it will cause the metal components that are in the cooling system to corrode.
Can you use distilled water in a Keurig machine?
It’s best not to put distilled water in your Keurig when you make a cup of coffee. This is because these machines have sensors to detect mineral content in water. If there’s none, as in the case of distilled water, you’ll get an error message.
It’s really easy to make distilled water at home, and you can use your kettle to do it although you might require some extra items if you want to get large quantities of it.
You can also make distilled water on the stove, as we’ve outlined in this article, so you have two easy and useful methods for the next time you’ve run out of distilled water and need some ASAP.