What is it used for?
Deionized water is used in just about every industry, from cosmetic products to cleaning car parts and even something as simple as tomato sauce.
What is distilled water?
Not to be confused with distilled water which is water that has been demineralized through distillation. The process most commonly involves boiling water where the steam is collected and condensed to create the distilled water. Most of the salts and minerals are removed through this process.
Distilled water can be used in most kinds of laboratory situations, whereas for deionized water it depends on the original source of water.
Can you drink deionized water?
No, you should not drink deionized water. It has no minerals or salts but can also be corrosive to your teeth enamel and soft tissues.
"The possible adverse consequences of low mineral content water consumption are discussed in the following categories:
- Direct effects on the intestinal mucous membrane, metabolism and mineral homeostasis or other body functions.
- Little or no intake of calcium and magnesium from low-mineral water.
- Low intake of other essential elements and microelements.
- Loss of calcium, magnesium and other essential elements in prepared food.
- Possible increased dietary intake of toxic metals."
Where to buy
It can be difficult to find deionized water and is a lot easier to find purified and distilled water. Check out your local pet or pool store for deionized water.