Low humidity brings us a myriad of complications. These regular occurrences, which range from skin dehydration to a variety of other problems, prompt us to look for a solution. Humidifiers are an excellent tool for allowing your skin to breathe.
Although purchasing distilled water increases the expense of maintenance, I will show you how to make distilled water for humidifiers at home. Let’s get worked up!
What is Distilled Water?
Distilled water is condensed water that has been heated and stripped of contaminants. However, when can you call the water “distilled”?
Water is generally boiled in a sealed container in this process. Condensation occurs as it boils into steam. Afterward, the condensation is gathered in another container. This is when the water is considered “distilled”.
The entire residue that was in the water will be left at the bottom of the closed container since they don’t boil into vapor.
How to Make Distilled Water for Humidifier
Whatever type of humidifier you have, making distilled water is now easier than ever, thanks to the convenience of doing so from the comfort of your own home. You have a multitude of choices for getting started.
Glass Bowl Method
- A heat-resistant bowl
- A large pot with a glass lid
Fill the pot with a small amount of water, roughly 1/4 of the pot’s capacity. Fill the water to the point where the heat-resistant bowl floats. The distilled water is collected in the bowl.
Once they’re set perfectly, adjust the temperature of the heat to the point where the water boils. Toxins like ethanol and methanol are removed from the water by boiling it.
Place the glass cover upside down on top of the saucepan after the water begins to boil. You’ll need to establish a hot and cold barrier to condense the vapor. Place ice on top of the inverted lid to do this. The vapor will condense when it comes into contact with the chilly lid.
Make sure the lid is free of leaks and holes. If there are any, make sure they’re covered or placed outside the pot. Water will form on the top of the lid as the ice melts during the procedure. Remove the water from the lid, as it may stifle the condensation process. If necessary, repeat the procedure.
It’s time to remove the bowl from the pot after it contains the required amount of water. To do so, first, turn off the heat. After that, carefully remove the lid, as a lot of heat will escape at this point. You can get burned if you come into contact with the heat. Remove the bowl from the pot at this point.
Pro tip: Allow the bowl to cool for a few minutes before removing it is a good idea if you’re having trouble getting it out.
Finally, you have access to distilled water. Before keeping the water in a jar for conservation, be sure it has totally cooled.
Glass Bottle Distillation Method
- Glass soda bottle
- Thick plastic tubing
- Glass cup or bowl
To begin, add a small amount of water to the glass soda bottle. Insert the plastic tube into the bottle’s mouth. When the tube is linked, make sure there is no leak. Place the tube’s other end in the glass cup.
Take a pan and fill it with water. Position the bottle inside it. The watered pan will be used as a water bath. Turn on the heat and let the water boil. When the water begins to boil, the steam rises condenses into the water and passes through the tube to get collected in the cup.
This is a relatively simple and low-cost procedure. However, there are a few things to think about. To begin, avoid touching the pipe because it will become quite hot during the procedure. Ensure the pipe does not come into direct touch with heat, as it will melt if it does.
- Sheet of plastic/tarp
- Pieces of rocks
In this method, the plastic sheet collects rainfall and channels it into the bucket. To start, take a piece of rock, stick it to one of the corners, and coil to make a knot. Tie the knot with a rope. Do this for each of the sheet’s four corners.
You can use ladders on both ends or any other support to bind these four ropes. Make sure the bottom end of the bucket produces a depression, as here is where the water will drip off and into the bucket. To make the depression, you can use weights such as bricks or concrete. The top end should be somewhat higher than the bottom for the water to flow into the bucket.
Now, whenever it rains, you can have yourself some distilled water for your humidifier.
Rainwater is the only type of water that does not require distillation. It is naturally purified, which is very beneficial to those who reside in rural areas. However, the initial drops of rainwater might sometimes contain a lot of impurities. In this scenario, only boiling will suffice.
Related Reading: Can I Use Tap Water in My Humidifier?
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use distilled water in a humidifier?
Yes, you can use distilled water in your humidifier. Distilled water is one of the best types of water for use in humidifiers.
What are alternatives for distilled water for use in a humidifier?
Finally, we can all agree that distilled water is essential for optimal humidifier performance. Because air humidification directly impacts health, it’s important to use it correctly.
We hope that our demonstration of how to manufacture distilled water for humidifiers was instructive. For the time being, you won’t need to go to the shop because your “homemade distilled water” will suffice!