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Hi,<br>
After reading so many recipes as of late for home and body care ideas, it occurred to me:<br>
1) Where does one get distilled water? Buy or make at home?<br>
2) And, how do you make it at home? I've read that boiling water is distilling it. But then I've also read that it requires a special filter to actually distill water.<br><br>
Anyone have any knowledge of this? And, how do you all get your distilled water? Thanks!
 

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i buy it. to make it you have to collect water vapor and let it turn back into water. you can make things and they sells things to distill water but it is not simply boiling it. distilled water is pure water with no minerals when you boil water you can kill stuff in the water but it makes it have more minerals. i know i'm not saying that right. i'm sure others will say it better
 

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I buy the distilled water I need for my BPAP machine, but I wouldn't use it generally otherwise. For drinking, it's flavorless. When water doesn't have some mineral content, it acts as a solvent. DH tells me that in Chemistry, water is called the "universal solvent."<br><br>
Water doesn't like to be 100% water, so it pulls stuff from its surroundings. Drinking it would not be particularly healthy. Storing it longterm would eventually result in it not being "distilled". I don't buy what I use too far ahead.<br><br>
To make it, you need to set up a Still to catch the water vapors from the pot.
 

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I buy it, it's less than $1/gallon, for that price it's not worth the effort it would be (seems like it would be a pain to do & you'd have to either buy or make something to "collect" it which would be one more thing to store when not in use.<br><br>
Meiri, I don't think anyone was suggesting using it for drinking, but in homemade cleaning products or toiletries, it's a good idea to use distilled water unless you're going to make a batch fresh every time (or keep it in the fridge, I suppose?). Additionally, using non-distilled water in the foaming soap pumps (which I LOVE w/ Bronners soap) tends to clog them.
 

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I get it at Target for like $1/gallon. I only use it for soap refills with bronner's and in a squeezie bottle for diaper changes, so it lasts a while.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Meiri, I don't think anyone was suggesting using it for drinking, but in homemade cleaning products or toiletries, it's a good idea to use distilled water unless you're going to make a batch fresh every time (or keep it in the fridge, I suppose?). Additionally, using non-distilled water in the foaming soap pumps (which I LOVE w/ Bronners soap) tends to clog them.</td>
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That makes sense then. If I used regular water in the BPAP, mineral build-up would destroy the tank and mess up the mask.<br><br>
As an aside: I also know that it's not good for hermit crabs. They need de-chlorinated water, but not distilled.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I use distilled water for making coffee and tea... I buy it in gallon jugs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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