Distilled water may seem basic on the surface but there are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation around, so we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about distilled water to try and dispel some of the myths.
What is distilled water?
How distilled water is made
The difference between boiled water and distilled water
Drinking distilled water
What is distilled water mostly used for?
Can you buy distilled water in the UK?
Is deionised water the same as distilled water?
Is it ok to use distilled water for plants?
Is it ok to use distilled water for irons?
Can I make distilled water at home?
Wholesale distilled water
Distilled water cost
Cheap distilled water
Distilled water for cpap
Distilled water for cleaning
Distilled water for autoclaves
Distilled water for cosmetics
WHAT IS DISTILLED WATER?
Distilled water is water that has been purified using a distillation process. The H2O is essentially split from other molecules in the water resulting in a high level of purity.
HOW DISTILLED WATER IS MADE
Normal water is heated to boiling point when the water turns into vapour it is then condensed back into a liquid form leaving behind a large percentage of contaminants.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BOILED WATER AND DISTILLED WATER
Boiled water and distilled water are two different things although they are often confused. Boiling water for an extended time does help to purify it but it does not remove dissolved solids. Distilled water is boiled for an extended time the steam vaper is collected and condensed back to liquid leaving behind contaminants and therefore purifying the water.
DRINKING DISTILLED WATER
There are many differing schools of thought on drinking distilled water. Although it is only a purified version of H2O it is generally not considered safe to drink as it lacks the minerals the body needs to function and in fact is capable of depleting your body of minerals very quickly.
Some people do re-mineralize distilled water before drinking it But it does require specialist knowledge and you should seek professional specialist advice.
WHAT IS DISTILLED WATER MOSTLY USED FOR?
The three most common uses of distilled water are
- cleaning applications such as ultrasonic and steam cleaners
- mixing and dilution of chemicals
- watering exotic plants
CAN YOU BUY DISTILLED WATER IN THE UK?
Yes distilled water is available in the United Kingdom. De-ionised water is more common in the UK and shouldn’t be confused with distilled water, they are two different things.
Sometimes other types of purified water are sold as distilled, a tell tale sign is the price will be very much cheaper, if this is the case you should check that it is true steam distilled water.
You can buy distilled water online here.
IS DEIONISED WATER THE SAME AS DISTILLED WATER?
Distilled water and deionized water are not the same although they do have similarities. De-ionised water is produced using ion exchange beds and pulls out most dissolve solids, but isn’t very effective at removing viruses and bacteria. Distilled water is produced by converting water into water vapour subsequently leaving behind contaminants and killing most bacteria and viruses with the heat used in the distillation process.
IS IT OK TO USE DISTILLED WATER FOR PLANTS?
Purified distilled water is normally good for plants but it is important to note that distilled water contains very little if any goodness which may be required by the plant. Subsequently you may need to deliver the nutrients in an alternative way. So you should seek specialist advice.
IS IT OK TO USE DISTILLED WATER FOR IRONS?
Absolutely, in fact using distilled water for steam irons is one of the most common uses of distilled water.
CAN I MAKE DISTILLED WATER AT HOME?
Although it is possible to make distilled water in a DIY fashion it is generally not recommended.
WHOLESALE DISTILLED WATER
We do supply distilled water to the wholesale market, please contact our sales team.
DISTILLED WATER COST
Distilled water by definition is expensive and time consuming to manufacture, additionally if there are pre and post purification process is used this can substantially increase the cost.
CHEAP DISTILLED WATER
Be aware of cheap purified water that claims to be distilled, deionised water is often sold as distilled and therefore can be sold at a fraction of the price. Be sure to cheque the description carefully to ensure what you are buying is true distilled water.
DISTILLED WATER FOR CPAP
It is important to use distilled water for cpap machines due to its purity.
DISTILLED WATER FOR CLEANING
Distilled water has many uses in cleaning including steam cleaning, diluting cleaning chemicals and much more.
DISTILLED WATER FOR AUTOCLAVES
It is important to use water without minerals for autoclaving as it does not leave residue due to the lack of minerals.
DISTILLED WATER FOR COSMETICS
Demineralized water including distilled is used widely in cosmetics for mixing and diluting.