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How to Make Distilled Water


Distilled water is absolutely clean and doesn't contain any admixtures whatsoever. It can be used for ironing (prevents scale), cooking, and many other purposes. And of course it is better to drink distilled water, as tap water may contain harmful elements that even filter can't get out. Distilled water (aka condensed water) is pure and it is much better for health. Which is why it is better to make it at home instead of buying pure water from a store (which isn't always that pure).



Making distilled water with a saucepan

You will need:

  • large saucepan with a lid;
  • glass bowl;
  • rack or any other support for a bowl;
  • water.



Fill a large saucepan with water (it should be half full). Place a rack or other support in the water and put a bowl on top of it. Make sure bowl doesn’t touch the bottom of the saucepan. The bowl should be in the water, but it shouldn’t be filled with it – this is what you need a support for.

Bring water to a boil

Bring water to a boil and dimmer. Evaporation will make drops of water appear on the sides of the bowl. Water in the bowl shouldn’t come to a boil, if it does – turn down the heat.

Make distilled water

Now cover the saucepan with a lid. The lid should be turned upside down, so you can place a plenty of ice cubes on top of it. This will create a condensation effect. Evaporation inside the saucepan will hit the cold lid, transform into water and drop down into your bowl. The process may take a while, make sure you don’t forget about it – check if the water in your saucepan is gone. Water you got in a bowl – is your distilled water. Use oven mitts to remove it from the pan.

The final step

Let your water cool down before you pour it into a bottle.


Making distilled water with bottles

You will need:

  • Two bottles (or two tea kettles);
  • A binder (a pipe) to connect them;
  • A large pot.



Fill the pot with water (half full), bring it to a boil and dimmer. Fill one of the bottles with tap water (not all the way). Connect the two bottles.

Make distilled water

Place the bottle filled with water in a pan full of boiling water. The empty bottle is supposed to be outside, apply an ice bag to it for condensation. Make sure condensed water doesn’t slide back into the first bottle.


Once you collect as much water as you need, split up the bottles and let them cool down.


  • Don't try to cool off a hot bottle / glass bowl using cold water - it can pop and you can hurt yourself.
  • Don't collect rain water. Many people believe rain water is much cleaner than tap water, but it is true only for ecologically clean regions.



Follow the simple steps described above and you will easily get pure water for your needs. We recommend you use the first method as the second one is pretty laborious and time-consuming. Be very careful when making condensed water.

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