Everything you need to know about water distillation

Distilling your water is a good way to remove impurities. In this post, we will explain how the process works, and what you need to know if you want to try this at home (yes, it is possible).

The process of distillation is relatively simple. There are two parts, more or less.

  • Step one – boil the water
  • Step two – condense the water vapor so that it becomes a liquid once more.

Between steps one and two, you are effectively removing a number of impurities. That’s because when the water evaporates, dissolved solids don’t go with it. What evaporates is pure h2o. Now, if this is a surefire way to remove impurities, why don’t most people use it instead of buying expensive filters?

Well, there are a few reasons for this. For one thing, distillation is not a quick or convenient process. If you are going to seriously invest in equipment, you might as well buy a reverse osmosis system. However, if you are trying to do a DIY version of distillation (as in the video below), you will be spending a lot of time setting it up.

There is yet another reason why distillation might not be the best option. Water often contains minerals that are valuable to our health. These would include calcium and magnesium, for example. When you use a process of distillation, you are effectively removing these minerals from the water.

My personal recommendation would be to try out a DIY system and see how you like it. You can sample distilled water at your local supermarket. It’s usually sold in gallon jugs. Perhaps you should buy a gallon of that first, and then if you like the taste, go ahead and create your own system in your house. The video above offers a few clues on that.

At the end of the day, I decided to go with a reverse osmosis system that returns the minerals to the water supply. Not all RO systems will do this, but some, like the HomeMaster, are capable of remineralizing the water. This is important if you want to count on an adequate intake of calcium, magnesium and others.

Now, if you are living in a rural area and you don’t have access to a more elaborate system, distillation may very well be your best option. You can improvise a solution if all you need to do is distill the water. If you do not have to worry about remineralizing it, it’s fairly straightforward, you just need the proper receptacles to carry it out.

If you have any experience with distillation in the home, please write about it in the comments below. We would appreciate any and all feedback on this issue.

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