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    <figure class=”image image-large pull-none hasCaption shortcode” section=”shortcodeImage”><span class=”imageContainer”><span>how-to-distill-water-1</span></span><figcaption><span class=”caption”><p>You just need basic cookware to get started making your own distilled water.</p></span><span class=”credit”>
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    <p class=”speakableTextP1″>Distilled water is great for so many things around your house, from car maintenance and air humidifiers to watering plants and adding fresh water to your aquarium. But you don’t need to spend money buying gallons of distilled water from the grocery store, because you can actually make it at home. Do be aware that it lacks some of the nutrients that other store-bought options have. Don’t worry, we’ll explain. </p><p class=”speakableTextP2″>If you use distilled water often, it may come in handy to know how to make your own. All you need is two pots, water, a stove and a few minutes of your time. Trust me, it’s a game-changer.</p><p>I’ll walk you through the five steps, as well as the different types of water that you may not know about and the big differences between all of the types of water you come across in the store. For more, here’s how to <span class=”link” section=”shortcodeLink”>clean mold and bacteria out of your washing machine</span> and the best way to unclog a <span class=”link” section=”shortcodeLink”>clogged sink</span>. We’ve recently updated this story. </p><p>Read more: <span class=”link” section=”shortcodeLink”>Best Water Filter Pitcher for 2022</span></p><h2>What are the different types of water?</h2><p>If you don’t know the difference between tap, filtered, purified and distilled water, don’t feel bad. It can be confusing. </p><p>Tap water is the easy one. Turn on your kitchen faucet. Water comes out the tap. Voila! Tap water. The quality of tap water varies by location, and does high blood sugar levels cause insulin resistance might contain traces of minerals specific to the geology of your region, as well as traces of chemicals used in municipal water treatment. Hopefully your tap water is safe to drink, but that’s not true for as many as 45 million Americans. Filtered water is one solution.</p><p>Filtered water starts out as plain tap water. You may already have filtered water in your home by way of a whole-house filtration system, a faucet filter or a water filtration pitcher (you can even get a <span class=”link” section=”shortcodeLink”>filtered water bottle</span>). Most filtered water passes through some combination of carbon and micron filters, which help to remove chemicals such as chlorine (commonly added to municipal tap water as a disinfectant) and pesticides, and metals like copper or lead. Filters can also eliminate foul odors and tastes. <br><br>Purified water usually begins as tap water as well. It will go through many purification processes, including those used for water filtration. Purified water goes a step further than filtering, with a process that removes chemical pollutants, bacteria, fungi and algae. You’ll often find purified water in bottles at your local grocery.</p><p>Distilled water is a more specialized type of purified water, but much easier and cheaper to produce at home. As with purified water, it meets the classification requirement of 10ppm (parts per million of total dissolved solids, aka contaminants) or less. The process of distilling is simple: Heat tap water to the point that it turns to vapor. When the vapor condenses back to water, it leaves behind any mineral residue. The resulting condensed liquid is distilled water.</p>

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