What is distilled water
You must have heard or read about the term called ‘Distillation.’ But have you ever wondered what it really is? Have you ever pondered about how distilled water can actually be beneficial for you than ordinary tap water?
The filtration system of distilling the water is based on the concept that all the solid impurities dissolved in water are heavier than water molecules and on heating the water in a distiller, all the solid products such as salts, bacteria, calcium remain as it is and the pure water converts into steam which is then collected for condensation. The distilled water does not have any flavor as all the minerals have been removed.Normal ordinary water or natural tap water is contaminated with many microorganisms and minerals such as lead and iron. In certain situations, water like this cannot be ingested by the human body and may carry pathogens of water-borne diseases. Therefore, the process of distillation is used, wherein water is boiled until it changes to steam and then steam is condensed back into water. Such kind of water, which is popularly available at supermarkets and stores, is called distilled water. It is the purified form of water which contains nothing but hydrogen and oxygen having a pH level of 7.
A lot of people believe that after going through such high level of filtration, distilled water might become unfit for human consumption. But this is just a myth. In areas where normal water is full of minerals, germs or cannot be ingested, distilled water can be used for drinking. Several studies suggest that because of no mineral content, distilled water flushes out toxins from body. Moreover, distilled water is also used for industrial purposes.
Difference between distilled water and Di Water
Another popular type of filtered water is the de-ionized or Di Water. A lot of people tend to use distilled water and Di water synonymously. Although both of them are quite similar, yet they do have some basic differences.
Distilled water is prepared from the old thermal method where the ordinary water is boiled to its vapor form and then condensed back. The main drawback of this process as it is quite time consuming and not very economical as the cost of the electricity to convert water into steam is quite high. The other problem lies in the contamination during evaporation as many solutes with same volatility can combine with the steam. The whole process of distillation takes place at 100 °C when the water is heated and the impurities left behind while the water is collected and condensed.
On the other hand, Di water or de-ionized water is completely de-mineralized and ultra-pure form of water which has a resistivity close to 18 mego hm-cm. To get the Di water there is a multi-stage water purification system where after the pre-cleaning stage in the next step, it automatically sends the water to the reverse osmosis membrane and then the water is filtered out removing all the ions left in the body. Di water is purer than distilled water.
How to make distilled water at home
Distilled water is quite useful and you can even make distilled water in the comfort of your home and use it for purposes like washing, drinking and gardening.
There are some very simple steps that will guide you on how to make a gallon of distilled water at home. If you are thinking about how to make distilled water for drinking, you can try these steps.
- Take one gallon of ordinary tap water in a steel pot
- Take a glass bowl and place it in the pot and make sure it doesn’t touch the bottom of the pot.
- Place the pot and turn on the heat and let the water boil but if its start boiling turn down the heat. Watch for the water that is collecting in the bowl.
- For a condensation effect you can invert the pot’s lid and place some ice over it.
- As the water start boiling the cold lid and hot steam will condense into the bowl.
- After you get the exact amount of distilled water turn off the heat and remove the lid. With full precaution take out the bowl of one gallon distilled water.
- Is distilled water potable?
Over the years, questions have been raised on potability of distilled water. Can you drink distilled water or how to make distilled water healthy are two major questions that people have asked!
The answer to the former question is a ‘yes.’ You can surely drink distilled water. But at the same time, distilled water lacks many minerals and salt which are quite useful for the body. Therefore, prolong use of distilled water raised chances of conditions as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, coronary artery disease, and high blood pressure.
If you are thinking how to make distilled water healthy then the answer is right here – by adding some minerals and salt in the water which is mainly done by the packaged drinking water companies. Therefore, the distilled water you have from supermarkets generally has minerals and salts that make it healthier for human consumption.