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Distilled water question
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(05-11-2012, 03:03 PM)big_dave Wrote: If I buy a bottle of distilled water and store it, do I need to be concerned about chemicals from the plastic leaching into the water?

No. If you are, though, buy the water that's bottled in the clear plastic bottles as opposed to the cloudy plastic.

There's no need to worry about bacteria in the water, either, as long as you don't store it for extended periods of time after opening.

If you're really stuck home sick, it wouldn't hurt to use tap water.

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(05-11-2012, 07:32 PM)big_dave Wrote: Here's how I understand it: I can get a bottle of distilled water for future use, but if I catch a cold while the weather's warm, I'll need to discard the remaining water when I recover, and get another bottle for next time?

Why would you need to "Discard the remaining water when I recover". Sure you would replace the water in the humiderfier (Daily!), but the water in the main supply container should be fine unless you have somehow managed to contaminate it.

Also many studies have been conducted regarding the leachables, related to many different kind of food/beverage/drug containers, and I am confident if you do a simple google search on the subject that you will find that commercial water bottles have exibited very low leachable results. Especially when the storage media is water!

Another good resource is the FDA website.
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I would buy some distilled water to keep on hand and replace every three months- it's inexpensive. I hope you never need the water for a cold.
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(05-11-2012, 11:20 PM)pssnn Wrote: Why would you need to "Discard the remaining water when I recover".

When you open the bottle you run the risk of introducing bacteria. This bacteria grows, potentially contaminating the water if it's stored for a long period of time.

Of course, bringing that water to the boiling point, and leaving it there for a few minutes, will kill the bacteria.

If I were in a pinch and unable to make a trip to the store, I'd just use tap water. Unless I had some pretty nasty tap water.

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(05-12-2012, 10:20 AM)Sleepster Wrote:
(05-11-2012, 11:20 PM)pssnn Wrote: Why would you need to "Discard the remaining water when I recover".

When you open the bottle you run the risk of introducing bacteria. This bacteria grows, potentially contaminating the water if it's stored for a long period of time.

Of course, bringing that water to the boiling point, and leaving it there for a few minutes, will kill the bacteria.

If I were in a pinch and unable to make a trip to the store, I'd just use tap water. Unless I had some pretty nasty tap water.

Should not be an issue. The distilled water is not sterile to start with. Reasonable care should prevent excessive contamination from the environment when pouring.
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