Have you been trudging up and down the aisles in your local supermarkets looking for a bottle of distilled water recently, only to realise that the pure water cannot be found anywhere?
Distilled water is recommended for use in some steam irons, but it’s not very easy to get hold of in supermarkets or on the high street.
Yep, it’s really annoying, and it makes you question whether or not such a product exists in real life, and not just online!
The simple answer is, yes distilled water can be bought in UK supermarkets, but distilled water may not always be available in every single supermarket at any given time. Let me explain…
Distilled water is created through a very special process, which takes time, so there isn’t always a lot of stock to send out to large stores all of the time.
This means that distilled water doesn’t often make it to every supermarket, and if it does, it gets snapped up very quickly by eagle-eyed customers. And this is why you probably never see distilled water in your local supermarket.
In addition to this, there isn’t always a huge demand for distilled water, so supermarkets don’t need to carry a huge stock of it anyway.
So, how are you supposed to buy distilled water in the UK? Keep on reading and I’ll give you some options.
How to Buy Distilled Water in the UK
You’ve got a couple of options to try when it comes to buying distilled water, here they are:
Option 1: Keep an eye out in supermarkets
As I mentioned above, you’ll probably find it difficult to source distilled water in a supermarket, but it’s not impossible to find the water here.
If you’re desperate to find distilled water, you can pop into your local supermarket and speak to a member of staff to find out if/when delivery of distilled water is expected.
Or perhaps the member of staff can point you in the direction of another supermarket that does stock distilled water.
It’s very unlikely that a small corner shop will stock this product, so try and keep to bigger named shops.
If you are one of the lucky ones who’s able to find distilled water in a supermarket, you’ll notice that the bottles that contain the water are not huge. In fact, in some cases, they’re regular-sized bottles – 500 ml to a litre.
You could also try B&Q, or any other hardware store if you cannot find distilled water in a supermarket. However, as with supermarkets, not every B&Q/hardware store will stock this type of water.
So, it might be worth asking a member of staff for help before you buy the wrong product.
Option 2: Go to a pharmacy
Distilled water can sometimes be ordered and picked up in pharmacies in the UK. While I cannot guarantee that every pharmacy will be able to help you with this matter, it’s worth considering this as an option!
If you don’t fancy popping down to your local pharmacy you can always ring around a handful of pharmacies in your local area to see if anyone can help you.
Pharmacists can usually order specific goods for individual customers as well, which is not always possible in large shops, so you may have a better chance of getting hold of some distilled water here.
Option 3: Ask a chemist
If you know a chemist, they may be able to help you to source some distilled water. Chemists often use a variety of products during their experiments, so they’ll probably know of a supplier you can go to buy your distilled water.
Option 4: Buy distilled water online
Although buying goods online isn’t for everyone, it can sometimes be the easiest option. If you need to purchase distilled water in the UK you can choose from a variety of online stores like Amazon, eBay, and Distilled Water Supplies to buy your goods from.
There are plenty more online shops that sell distilled water, but make sure that you choose a product that is suitable for you – you don’t want to buy an industrial-sized container, for example! And make sure you’re actually buying distilled water and not a similar labelled item.
Also, when purchasing distilled water online, be sure to check any small print because there’s likely to be a hefty delivery charge – liquid is heavy after all.
What To Do If You Still Can’t Buy Distilled Water in the UK
In the event that none of the options above work out for you, you can always try your hand at making your own distilled water at home. The process really isn’t too complicated and you don’t need a whole lot of ingredients either.
Here’s how you can make your own distilled water:
Watch and follow the steps in this video and in no time at all you’ll have distilled water!
All you need is:
- Big pot
- Ceramic or glass bowl that can fit into the big pot
- Ice cubes
- Lid for the big pot that is curved
Is Deionised Water the Same as Distilled Water?
Distilled water is water that has been heated up and turned into vapour, and then this vapour gets turned back into a liquid.
The distilled water that is left behind after the distilling process, has been stripped of all of its impurities and minerals. The water is very pure and it isn’t like the water you get from a tap.
Deionised water, on the other hand, is quite similar to distilled water because it too has been stripped of the majority of its impurities.
The significant difference between the two products is that deionised water may not have had all of its organic contaminants removed, whereas distilled water is free from any bacteria.
Bethan has a passion for exploring, reading, cooking and gardening! When she’s not creating culinary delights for her family, she’s concocting potions to keep her house clean!