An Overview on Distilled Water and Its Applications

When the impurities of water are removed through the process of distillation, it is then called distilled water.  Generally, to remove its impurities, water is boiled until it reaches the level where it is converted into steam. The steam is then cooled down and condensed back into liquid, resulting in its purified form. The minerals that give flavor to the water are removed when water is distilled, so it is characterized with having a pure taste.


Retail and grocery stores usually sell distilled water in containers amounting to 1 gallon or 3.78 liters. Water actually has several types with a distinct taste so the label of any bottled water must be checked. Also, distilled water is used as a base in several bottled waters that are usually added with various minerals for taste.


Below are the following applications of distilled water:


  • Cleaning Agent- Distilled water cleans electronic gadgets thoroughly. It is considered a good cleaning agent used in wiping down screens of flat screen TVs or computer monitors as it does not in any way leave any mark on the screens, cleaning them without leaving any trace. When tap water is used there are traces of white marks since it contains dissolved salt.


  • Everyday Uses- Distilled water has been considered indispensable for automotive cooling systems instead of tap water since the tap water consists of ions and some minerals are naturally corrosive and can more rapidly deplete the anti-corrosive additives of the radiator. It is also used for topping off the lead acid battery of a truck or car since the tap water contains ions that can reduce the lifespan of a vehicle’s battery. Some homeowners use it for their household aquariums as well to provide a longer lifespan for the fish since there are no chemicals present in it, thus sustaining proper chemistry for supporting the ecosystem in an aquarium.


  • Cooking– The importance of distilled water in cooking is best manifested in the taste of every food where it is used. The taste of all spices and herbs become more explicit especially in pasta dishes, soups, etc; thus enhancing their natural flavor.