=) asked in Home & GardenDo It Yourself (DIY) · 1 decade ago

?How do you make distilled water at home without fancy equipment ?

Quick and Easy......


If I just have to boil it... how many times??

22 Answers

  • 203
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favourite answer

    NO NO NO Boiling water does not distil it!

    It potentially sterilises it but does not distil it. After boiling the water will have an even higher proportion of disolved minerals etc in it than before.

    Boil it and then condense the steam on a cold surface and collect the water that runs off. That is distilled water.

    A slower way also used as a survival technique for getting clean water from sea water or other undrinkable source... even urine. Get two bottles, idealy one transparent, fill the transparent one with water then join the two together at the neck. Then position them so that the one with water in it is in the sun (so it heats up) and the other kept cool in the shade or covered and angled so that water will collect in the bottom. The heat causes evaporation of water in the filled bottle which then condenses in the cooler bottle and collects as distilled water in the bottom of the bottle.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ice still contains the same impurities as when you froze it.

    Boiling the water will only get rid of anything that evaporates BEFORE the water, i.e. alcohols or oils.

    A true distillation process boils off the water alone and LEAVES the rest in the boiler.

    A simple kitchen stove distiller can be made by taking a very large pot with a lid with your water in it (about 1/3 to 1/2 full), floating an empty glass bowl in the water, then placing the large pot's lid UPSIDE DOWN on the top of the pot. Fill the lid with ice and then set the stove to slowly boil the water in the pot.

    What happens is that the water vapour travels round the floating glass bowl and condenses on the cold (ice filled) lid. As the lid (should be) is slightly rounded the condensed vapour will run down the underside of the lid and drip into the floating glass bowl. The glass bowl is the collector for your 'distilled' water.

    Points to note; The glass bowl should never touch the bottom of the pot or it will boil as well, and the lid should not be a perfect seal when upside down.

    For a purer result, discard the first 10ml in the bowl as this could contain impurities that boil below 100C i.e. first!

    And yes, this does work for alcohol but don't try it without knowing what you're doing!

  • bardin
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    How To Make Distilled Water

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  • 4 years ago

    How To Distill Water

  • 1 decade ago

    Distilled water is literally water that has been boiled, evaporated and condensed - leaving all chemicals, toxins and waste behind and creating pure, clean water. Distillation will remove bacteria, viruses, cysts, heavy metals, radionuclides, organics, inorganics, and particulates.

    Distillation is literally the method seen in nature, whereby: the sun heats the water on the earth's surface, the water is turned into a vapour (evaporation) and rises, leaving contaminants behind, to form clouds. As the upper atmosphere drops in temperature the vapours cool and convert back to water to form water droplets. Then once the droplets fall as rain (precipitation) the cycle starts over again.

    This is exactly the same process in a water distiller - the tap water is heated to boiling point so the impurities are separated from the water, and the water then becomes steam. This is then condensed back into pure liquid form. The impurities remain as residue and are removed leaving 100% pure, pH balanced water.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    To distill water, you need to vaporize it (make steam), then condense it (back to water).

    Simply boiling water does not remove dissolve impurities (but does sterilize it). Freezing water theoretically purifies it, but all the dissolved material will wind up on the part that freezes last, or (if your freezer freezes quickly) trapped in the ice crystal itself. When you remelt it, everything that was there will still be there.

    You can try this trick, originally contrived to distill schnapps:

    1) Place water in a large pot, then put something like a steamer-inset with a heat-proof bowl in the middle. Don't let the bowl touch the pot's sides or bottom.

    2) Cover the pot with a wok or a dome-shaped lid, with the concave side up. Put ice-water on the wok/lid.

    3) Slowly bring the pot of water to a boil. Replace the ice-water as it gets warm.

    4) Check under the wok/lid from time to time. The water should be condensing on the bottom of the wok and dripping into the pyrex bowl. Do not boil the pot dry. You can stop when you have enough water in the bowl.

  • 1 decade ago

    There is nothing quick and easy about distilling water...

    Listen to MJET Bettina 203 Andy J M B everyone else is wrong.

    Heating up water to boiling point is NOT distillation.

    Boiling water for drinking purposes kills living organisms in the water, but does not purify it at all. It just leaves the bodies of dead organisms behind. As well as all salts, minerals, poisons, toxins, mud, dirt, etc.

    Distilling will leave all of these things behind in the heating vessel and leave pure distilled water in the condensing vessel.

    PLEASE IGNORE these first users who responded to you with such dangerous advise.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    We are a leading UK producer of distilled water. Simply boiling water will not result in distilled water as all of the dissolved minerals will still be present in the container.

    Distilled water is produced by boiling water and capturing the steam in another (clean) container and condensing it back into water. This way, the heavier molecules; minerals, pesticides, bacteria etc. will not evaporate and will be left behind in the first container.

    We achieve purity of less than 1 part-per-million of dissolved solids. If you are interested in purchasing our water and live the UK, please visit http:\\www.buydistilledwater.co.uk

  • 1 decade ago

    You really need some chemistry equipment, like a flask to boil the water in and a retort to catch the steam, and when it cools it is distilled water.

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