Tap water is not always ideal for human consumption. Despite having essential minerals for the body, water in its natural form may sometime require distillation in order to get rid of the unwanted harmful mineral deposits.
These are the minerals that make water to be hard. You already know the disadvantages of hard water by now and through distillation, you can manage to eliminate the hardness in water. It is our hope that this article will help you through the process of making distilled water with a kettle right from the comfort of your home.
What you need?
- Tap water
- Plastic bowl
First, put the tap water in the kettle and bring it to boil. This could take between 5 and 8 minutes depending on the power rating of the kettle. Remove the lid from the kettle as soon as the water starts to boil but do not turn off the kettle. Just allow it to continue heating the water. Now take the plastic bowl and invert it above the kettle. Make sure you hold it in this position for about 5 minutes. As the steam escapes from the boiling water inside the kettle, it is trapped inside the plastic bowl being held above the kettle. This steam is then condensed back to liquid form which is now the distilled water.
If you need a large amount of distilled water, you may need to improvise a distillation unit alongside your kettle. To do this, you need a connecting tube, about 30cm long, a plastic bowl and a plastic wrap. First, start by preparing the plastic cup by covering it with the plastic wrap. After covering it, make a hole either at the top of on the side of the plastic bowl and insert the connecting tube. Insert the other end of the connecting tube into the kettle pot spout. Once you are done with the preparations, turn the kettle on and bring the water to boil for about ten minutes. This is enough time for the formation of steam, which will be trapped into the plastic bowl as it escapes though the tube.
If you want to accelerate the process, you can put ice cubes on the plastic bowl where the steam is trapped. This will go a long way in speeding up the process of condensation thus minimizing the overall time it would take to wind up the distillation. One of the ways you can ensure you get the most out of your distilled water is by storing it in a safe container. Remember the distillation process is meant to remove minerals and other unwanted substances from the water. It would be pointless if some of these unwanted substances found their way back into the water after you have distilled it.
This procedure is an ideal method of preparing a slightly larger amount of distilled water for experimental or consumption purposes. It is a better alternative to buying distilled water because one does not incur any expenses. This method reduces the chances of contaminating the distilled water with tap water. It is therefore safe especially if you intend to use the distilled water for consumption purposes.
Distilled water is considered to be the safest water for human consumption even though it is still argued that the process removes even the essential minerals from the water. The cost of buying this water from the shop can be quite high and that is why it is important for you to learn how to make it from home. By learning the method of distilling water with a kettle from home, you will be killing two birds with one stone; getting healthy and safe water to drink while at the same time cutting costs.