Distilled water shortage

Why is it so difficult to find distilled water in stores? It’s used in appliances that can be clogged by regular water like humidifiers. It’s not a healthy substitute for drinking water. Perhaps more of it is being diverted to heath care facilities. Any ideas?

Pa: Yes, I've been having difficulty finding distilled water for my mom's humidifier. I did find some last week in Weiss.

Mar '20

I use for my cigar humidor, a gallon lasts me a really long time. Maybe people are buying it mistakenly?

Steve Steve
Mar '20

Yes, it is used in healthcare/labs.

While I wouldn't drink it, can't you use dehumidifier water as an alternative? https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/health-technology-you-asked/water-dehumidifier-drinkable

As to what's out --- bread machine mixes, laxatives AND tp -- go figure, it just does not make sense either by demand or supply. Not to mention many items available in stores but not online ---- thought it would be easier/safer to ship from a central location.... Just can't understand why American manufacturing can't get a handle on this yet. Nor why no-one is forecasting the future except to say: "don't worry, be happy, it will be alright...." Time for straight talk please.

Good luck.

strangerdanger strangerdanger
Mar '20

I think distilled water is used in some oxygen machines?

Gardenfish Gardenfish
Mar '20

I know it is used in CPAP machines during sleeping. I agree that it is probably used with oxygen or in any respiratory type machines so a person doesn't dry out.

It’s also used for NetiPots/Neti spray bottles. We were going through a number of gallons when my husband was recovering from nasal surgery. We’re down to the last gallon. I believe you can boil water for 10 minutes to use in place of distilled.

Blackcat Blackcat
Mar '20

Boiling is not a substitute for distilled, in fact it makes the particulate matter in the water denser as you are removing water but not solids when you boil. (Distilled water is made by capturing the steam and leaving behind the solids.) If you have a reverse osmosis or very fine water filter you are better off using that. Using regular water in CPAP or humidifiers will leave calcium residue behind in the tank, you can minimize by not letting it get low. i.e. when you tank gets to 1/2 dump out the remaining water (which is now has a higher level of solids.) and add new fresh water.

Agust Agust
Mar '20

You can distill your own if interested, Check out www.Waterwise.com

Mar '20

Shop Rite had some yesterday. But they have a limit of 2.

Jonathan Stone Jonathan Stone
Mar '20

hi, Rite Aid in Washington had some. call before you go there

Adair Mioore Sattely Adair Mioore Sattely
Apr '20

Wal-Mart in Mansfield had a bunch of distilled water two days ago. I always get it there. I use it often for our humidifiers. Sometimes distilled water is by the laundry supplies...that is where it's at in Shop Rite in Mansfield.

Make_it_stop Make_it_stop
Apr '20

Good selection of distilled water a the Flanders Shop Rite today.

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