Distilled Water: How to Make It at Home. Is It Worth It? | Yoguely

Welcome back my people! I’m your host Aida Yoguely. Today you’re going to find out whether distilled water is the best purified water to make at home. This is the fourth part of my complete guide to healthy drinking water. So, if you are debating whether to invest
in a distiller, you definitely need to see this. I’ll show you whether it’s effectiveness
and convenience are worth the cost. Let’s do this. Distilled water is a form of purified water that can be quite expensive and inefficient
to obtain through bottled water. So let’s look into what it takes to make distilled
water at home using your tap water. The process of distillation consists of boiling
water (such as water from your tap) to leave behind all the dissolved solids. Then immediately condensing all that vaporized
water into a separate clean container in the form of liquid water. Point often overlooked, impurities can have
a boiling point at or below that of water. If that’s the case then the impurity is transferred as vapor as well. This fact will be very important later. Hold on to it. You can make your own distilled water on the stove or purchase an in-home distillation system. No matter which process you
select; you’ll need to deal with two annoying steps. The first is, manually filling the boiling
chamber with tap water. And the second is waiting for about 6 hours
to make a single gallon of water. Since the water will boil though the application of heat, the distillation system will need electricity to function. Imagine the scenario where you have to boil a gallon or more of water every day, that is going to yield a very high energy bill. The next thing you absolutely need to factor in, is maintenance. It’s the one thing that I always watch out. Because I want to invest in buy-it-for-life
items. And the last thing you want is a product so complicated that you end up putting it away in a corner. Maintenance, can make or break my decisions. As an engineer, what I’d like to know is:
how much money and time will it take for me to maintain one of these? To figure this out, let’s think through
the distillation process. First item to account for is that: There is a huge category of contaminants that have the tendency to vaporize at low temperatures due to their low boiling point. We call them Volatile Organic Contaminants, or VOCs for short. There Are Volatile Organic Contaminants in the Water As I mentioned earlier, in the process of
distillation, any pollutant in the water that has passed their boiling point and is in the form of vapor ends up being transferred in the final product water. Remember how I mentioned earlier in the blog
that in the US, water treatment plants add chlorine to disinfect water? Well the reaction of chlorine with organic
matter in the water creates many unwanted VOC by-products. A very large VOC category are “Total
Trihalomethanes”, abbreviated THMs, which have been proven to be carcinogenic. In distillation, certain poisonous pesticides will also vaporize with the boiled water. Leave these contaminants in the water, and you’ll notice a foul taste and smell from the gases. And of course, they pose a health risk. So, you will need to use another process before
condensation occurs, to get rid of these VOCs. Which leads us to the fact that: Distillation Systems Need Activated Carbon Filter Replacements The EPA states that one of the best available technologies to remove VOCs, and the process that appears to have the most impact on pesticide removal, is granular activated carbon (GAC). Activated carbon filters fluids by trapping
the pollutants inside the pore structure of each granule of carbon. This is the process of adsorption. Distillation systems passes the water through
an activated carbon filter. The purpose is to reduce these contaminants and consequently the improve the taste and smell of the water. A distillation system plus an activated carbon filter yields one of the best purified waters
you can drink. Once the contaminants saturate the carbon
filter, it can no longer adsorb pollutants, and stops being effective. When a chemical comes in with a greater attraction
force to the pore structure, it gets adsorbed. In exchange, the activated carbon releases
the weaker chemical. Typically, the activated carbon filter needs
to be changed about every 1 to 2 months and they cost about $4 per filter. In the worst-case scenario, replacements equate
to roughly $50 per year. Next, before you run off to get one of these,
take into account that: You Need to Manually Scrub the Pollutants
Every Time You Distill Water Every time you use the distillation system,
impurities will remain in the boiling chamber. You need to manually scrub and flush away
those limescale and pollutants. Scale is typically not easy to remove with
just water. For this reason, you may need to let it soak in vinegar for an hour before being able to rinse it out. You can count the water used for cleaning as waste. Hence technically, distillation is not a zero
discharge, zero waste process. I use a little over 1 gallon of water every
day. And I don’t like the idea of finding the
time to clean this every day. Essentially, becoming tied to the product. Although comparatively, it is overall still
cheaper to have a home distillation system. That is compared to going through all the
trouble of purchasing and transporting already-made distilled water from the grocery store. For these reasons, I decided not to go with a water distillation system. Next, I’m going to show you a very attractive
solution that yields purified water, called reverse osmosis (RO). Be sure to subscribe and hit the notification
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2 thoughts on “Distilled Water: How to Make It at Home. Is It Worth It? | Yoguely

  1. ¡Wepale! Today I’m covering these topics about distillation: What it takes to make distilled water (0:35), volatile organic contaminants in the vapor (2:15), why distillation systems need activated carbon filter replacements (3:29), maintenance and the manual scrubbing of pollutants (4:45).

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