Distillation is a process of filtering and purifying water, resulting in pure, pH-balanced H-TWO-O. The process consists of:

1) Boiling/evaporating the water,
2) Collecting the water vapor,
3) Cooling it to allow it to condense back into liquid, and then
4) Collecting the liquid.

The boiling causes the pure water molecules to evaporate, leaving all impurities behind in the boiling pot. Impurities that distilling will remove include bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, salts, chemicals and particulates. In short, it is a very effective method of creating safe water to drink.


There are various ways to distill water.


1. With A Stove

You can distill water at home. You will need:

  1. A stove
  2. A large pot (5+ gallons ideally) with a convex (curving out) lid.
  3. A smaller bowl that fits into the pot

Fill the pot about half way with the water you’d like to distill. Place the pot on a stove element, and turn it to a temperature that will cause the water to boil slowly. Place your bowl in the center of the pot, so it’s floating on the water. Place the lid of the pot upside down, so it curved inwards. Place ice cubes on top of the lid.

The water will turn into steam, and collect on the lid. Because the lid is cold, the steam will condense and because the lid curves inward, will run down to the lowest point and drip into your bowl. Keep the process going until your bowl fills, or gets too close to the bottom of the pan that your collected water begins to boil.

Another adaption you can make is using glass bottles instead of a bowl to collect your water. In this instance, fill one bottle with the water you wish to distill. Connect the two bottles at the top, and place the bottle with water into the water-filled pot. The water in the bottle will evaporate, and flow into the other bottle. Place the second bottle in ice, to cool the steam down and convert it into liquid. Make sure the second bottle is at an angle where the water will collect, and not flow back into the first bottle.

2. Atmospheric Water Generators

These devices extract humidity from the air and convert it into potable water. The process is similar to how a humidifier works, except that they also supply you with clean drinking water.


3. Using Bottles

If you have two bottles available to you and warm sunny weather, you can distill water. Fill on bottle with the water you wish to distill, and then connect the two bottles at their openings. Place the bottle filled with water in the sun, and the second bottle in a cooler space. Over time, the water will evaporate from the first bottle and collect in the second. Again, make sure that the second bottle is angled so that water collects, and doesn’t flow back into the first.

4. Solar Still

A solar still collects water from an area that contains moisture, such as soil or plants. a large plastic sheet collects evaporated moisture, and channels it into a collection tub.

5. Rain Water

Mother Nature naturally distills water. When water evaporates from the earth, it leaves its impurities behind. It then condenses in the clouds and falls back to earth. Rain water is perfectly distilled, and if you collect it, it can be used for drinking. Have a large, clean container to collect rain water. When the rain stops, cover the top and let it sit for 2 days, to allow the minerals to settle. It can then be used for drinking.


Distilled water is very safe in the short term, as it has had all of its impurities removed. It is water in its purest form. Over the long term, however, there are some concerns with it. The problem is, it’s missing a lot of minerals found naturally in water sources, and it’s not clear the effect this will have on a person long term. So don’t rely on distilled water as your only water source, unless you are also taking a mineral supplement as well.


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  1. Hey Rambo Moe!

    Great tips on distilling water. I don’t know if I could ever get that ambitious. I am looking at the Berkey gravity fed water filter system. I think it used to be a really good system. Nowadays, there are many complaints about the quality of the system because of out-sourcing. But at the end of the day, there are still more positives about this product. If TSHTF, then it’s better to have than not have. Water is life.


  2. Thanks Mark, and I’ll look into the Gravity fed filter system. I’m not too familiar with it at this point.


  3. Thanks for the tips, but-

    How can it be that rainwater is distilled?
    isn’t the atmosphere polluted with all sorts of things, including the chemicals they disperse (chemtrails)?

  4. That’s a good point. In theory, rain water is perfectly distilled, as all contaminants remain below and only pure water is evaporated. However, if there are pollutants in the air (pretty much an inevitability in modern times) it’s true that when the water falls it may have become contaminated.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Yes, rainwater usually reacts with all the pollution in the air and also collects dust while it is falling from the atmosphere. In fact, that is how acid rain works. Water reacts with carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and sulfurous fumes to make carbonic acid, nitric acid, and sulfuric acid. Soo, I would not drink rainwater.

    **Also bacteria, germs, and any biological pathogens in the air.

    • Mr. Wolf says:

      You are right. However, you can just re-distill the collected rainwater, or use some other form of purification. It is still a great way to collect water.

  6. Thank you for a great article. I learned a lot from this. I wanted to share a great mineral additive to add to distilled water. I use Himalayan salt as it has a ton of essential minerals in it and is cheap and tastes very good. The two combined make for a perfect water source :)

  7. That’s a cool idea, hadn’t thought of that.

  8. word you want is potable, not portable.

  9. truthseeker says:

    I love your comments on water. Distilled water is the best, whether natural or done at home. As for pollutants in the atmosphere, remember in this world as things change the human body also adapts to its changing environment, unless there is a very acute imbalance in one moment of time that happens too fast for our bodies to adapt to it. Remember the bible story of the flood. According to history, it was the first time man at seen rain in that way. All vegetation died, mans body had to adapt to eating only meat until the earth reproduced again in order to survive. Anyway my point is whatever contaminants are in the evaporated water that comes back down as rainwater its in a more pure state than if it hadn’t evaporated. Also, the plants help to absorb inorganic substances that our body cannot breakdown and digest. I pretty much believe in distilled water and alkaline water and juicing fruits and vegetables because fruits and veggies like our bodies contain lots of pure vitamin water. Whatever water you choose your body needs half its weight in ounces each day to perform at its maximum potential. Try not to get too paranoid about toxins, not to neglect staying pure, but we live in a contaminated world, remember, 70% of the dirt in your house and car comes from you. Your body is made from dirt, your skin sheds everyday, what do you think that is? dirt my friend, dirt.

    Respond please

  10. Rambo Moe- You rock!! I have had such a great learning experience this afternoon with your knowledge/experience and the good comments from other preppers. I’ve researched “freeze drying foods, “water preperation and distillation” “dehydrating meat” and been bouncing all over the net for added info and equipment. I no longer feel alone in my quest for survival should the proverbial SHTF. Even if that doesn’t happen with all the weather changes that are occurring worldwide who wouldn’t want to be prepared for at least a few months of being off the grid?? I was a good Girl Scout many years ago and I believe, still am. Thanks to Ramboe Moe and all the other participants. I’ll be back!!

  11. ugh. I’m more confused now than I was before.

  12. You can also add colliodal silver to the water for minerals

  13. Shawn Cameron says:

    I know this is really old but I was wondering if the pot method would work for sea water, separating the salt from the water?

  14. Why are we not telling all of the poor people without clean water this?

  15. Need to clean and refill a 40 gal. Aquarium with distillers water. What is the easiest way to do it ?

  16. Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Many thanks,
    However I am having difficulties with your RSS. I don’t know why I cannot join it. Is there anybody having identical RSS issues? Anyone that knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  17. Have you ever heard of “Prill” water? What do you know
    about it? Supposedly the chemical will purify water indefinitely.

  18. CuriousOne says:

    Does anyone have any thoughts on “Adya Clarity”? Claims to contain Ionic Sulfate Minerals and reduce fluoride in water. Here’s what says about itself… I want to check whether anyone has used it and if their claims can be substantiated: “Adya Clarity™ is a Para-magnetic sulfate mineral solution that is extracted from the rarest, most mineral rich Biotite/Black Mica volcanic deposit in Japan. A proprietary acid sulfate process is used to perfectly extract the elements from the Black Mica that are made 100% bioavailable. The Mountains in Japan are a one of the known ‘PURE’ resources of Black Mica.”

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