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What ingredients do you need when you're starting out? Candice asks: I have a pressing question, after reading your post today. I always thought that, once a bottle of distilled water was opened, it was best to use it within 3 days (kept refrigerated), then throw out. Is this NOT true? Have I wasted dozens of mini bottles of water (well, I did drink the 3 day old water, so not a complete waste) through ignorance? I always thought it was a strange rule, as I keep my flower waters in the fridge for up to 6 months (though I do add LG+ to them...).If you could confirm, the earth would be a happier place with less plastic (thrown out by me at any rate!).
You drink distilled water? Ick! I've always thought it tasted terrible...but I digress...
I've always kept my distilled water after opening until I used it up, so I thought I'd do a search for this question. That was a mistake! I found page after page of people talking about how God instructed them to drink distilled water, how someone in their lives lived a long time drinking distilled water, and how you can tell it has gone off by its terrible taste. I didn't find any useful information, just page after page of supposed health and spiritual benefits when drinking distilled water. The general consensus seems to be that the expiry date on the distilled water bottle is because "chemicals from the bottle are leaching into the water", not because of contamination. I found a few sites that said we should throw the water away after 3 days to "ensure its purity" I found another site that stated that "Care must be taken in the way distilled water is stored, because of it's aggressiveness....distilled water will leach out (combine with) some of whatever the container is made of..." a concept that complete baffled me.
Raymond had fun making up stories about distilled water's aggressiveness. It swears at your children! It tries to borrow money from you and won't take "no" for an answer! It comes home drunk! (Ha!)
Eventually, I found a few reliable sources. A commenter on the Soap Making Forum said, "It's just water. It won't go bad, and you don't need to keep it in the refrigerator. Just keep it tightly sealed in the original container. As long as it doesn't become contaminated, it will last forever." Health Canada suggests for bottled water, "Once water bottles have been opened, Health Canada recommends that you consume the content and refrigerate any leftover." I found this Reddit discussion that bacteria could grow in the container once opened, so the idea of refrigerating the water is a good idea, or at least keeping it out of the light and heat after opening.
So what to do? I have not had a problem keeping distilled water in my very cold workshop in the winter and in the fridge in the summer, and I feel comfortable making that suggestion to you.
Join me tomorrow for more Weekend Wonderings!