You may have heard about distilled water and its uses for medical equipment, CPAP machines, and automobiles; but, you may be asking “what exactly is distilled water? What makes it different than other types of water out there?”
What is Distilled Water?
Distilled water goes through a purification process called distillation, which replicates the earth’s natural hydrological cycle. The distillation process boils away impurities while capturing only H2O, resulting in water that is in its purest form.
What is Distilled Water Used For?
There are many types of water available: spring water, purified water, distilled water and tap water to name a few. However, distilled water, because of its lack of impurities, is most useful in a number of different industries where purity is a factor.
1) In the Medical Industry
Distilled water, also called sterile water, is preferred in the medical field due to its purity.
- All instruments that come in contact with a human must be sterilized. Autoclaves are often used in conjunction with distilled water to clean instruments before use. Distilled water does not contain any minerals that will leave spotting on equipment or instruments. Leaving you with clean, sterile, spot-free instruments.
- Surgeons must decontaminate their hands and forearms before surgery by “scrubbing”. They must scrub clean their hands and arms before rinsing the soap with distilled water. Rinsing with distilled water eliminates bacteria from reactivating back on the skin.
- Distilled water is preferred when cleaning large and small wounds due to its sterile nature.
- Dentists prefer distilled water in their offices for their equipment and use in rinsing mouths. When rinsing your mouth after a tooth extraction or root canal, distilled water is used to rinse away potential bacteria. Distilled water is also most likely to be used in Autoclaves to clean the dental instruments before use in your mouth.
2) Using For Laboratory Experiments
In order to achieve an accurate result in experiments, distilled water is often used as it does not contain any minerals or contaminants that may affect the experiments outcome. New cures and diseases are being found every day, using distilled water will ensure that no experiment is contaminated with bacteria or chemicals.
3) Recommended in CPAP Machines
Sleep Apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person stops breathing when sleeping. A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine applies air pressure to keep the airways continuously open so he or she are able to breathe during sleep. It is recommended that only distilled water be used in CPAP machines to keep them free from any type of bacteria and mineral build up.
4) Improves Functioning of Humidifiers
Using distilled water in humidifiers prevents mineral build up, allowing the humidifier to work better and last longer. Humidifiers can be used for different purposes in your home:
- Improve sinus or allergy problems
- Help prevent dry skin
- Humidifies houseplants
- Maintaining the humidity in a piano
- Protects the wood in your home
Using other types of water in a humidifier may filter unwanted bacteria into the air and even worsen medical conditions.
5) Use in Neti Pot for Nasal Irrigation
Neti Pots have been used for centuries to clean out nasal passages to reduce congestion and relieve sinus headaches. It is suggested that distilled water be used to dissolve the sinus mixture used in a Neti Pot as plain water may irritate your nose. It is also recommended that your Neti Pot be cleaned between uses with distilled water to prevent the growth of bacteria.
6) Canning Fruits & Vegetables
Using distilled water in the canning of fruits and vegetables helps to maintain the color and taste and even reduce spoilage. Canned goods not canned with distilled water may taste way different as they soak up the minerals of the water. Distilled water can also prevent cloudiness that normally occurs when using other types of water.
7) Automobiles – Inside and Out
The same minerals in purified and spring water which are beneficial to our bodies can corrode internal engine parts.
- The engine of a car uses a lot of heat when the car is running. Distilled water is safe to use in cooling down engines and cleaning since it is free of compounds.
- Distilled water is also commonly used to top off lead acid batteries often found in cars and trucks. Lead batteries rely on water to keep cars and trucks running or they will deteriorate.
- Some car owners also use distilled water to wash their cars. Using hard water on some parts of a car may ruin the exterior or even lead to limescale stains.
8) In the Cosmetics Industry
Distilled water in the cosmetic industry is crucial due to its high purity levels. Cosmetic companies use distilled water in their products to ensure that there are not any unwanted contaminants within them. Cosmetics should be free of all bacteria and chemicals to ensure the safety of the customer. The use of distilled water in cosmetics ensures the products are producing their desired outcomes and objectives.
Drinking Distilled Water
Distillation boils away the impurities making distilled water a very clean water to drink. In fact so clean, that distilled water may taste flat due to the minerals being stripped from the water. Water profiles taste different due to the minerals that exist in or have been added to the water for taste. If you enjoy the taste of pure H20 than distilled water might be for you.
Why “The Water Guy” Distilled Water?
“The Water Guy” uses vapor compression distillation to distill our water. Vapor compression is used instead of boiling as compressed steam is used to push out impurities in the water. Our distilled water contains the highest degree of purity, with a Microsiemens of less than 1, and is recommended for any operation or use case. We conduct testing hourly to ensure every bottle of water meets or exceeds our stringent quality and safety standards. Our distilled water meets Food and Drug Administration (FDA), International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3 Certification quality standards.
We provide distilled water in bulk or by reoccurring delivery. Check to see if we provide service to your area! If you have a use for distilled water or have any other questions, let us know how we can help.