We hear different words for hygienic water such as distilled water, soft water or purified water. But a question arises, which water is safe to drink? With the increasing risk of water contamination, many of the different ways have been introduced to clean water deeply. One of them is distillation.

Many of the people get confused between distilled water and soft water. Sometimes, they take these as interchangeable terms. It is also confusing which water is better, distilled or soft water?

They have some differences we’re going to discuss here.

What is Distilled water?

As we already know, the spring water is fresh and contains all the mineral that quality water must-have. While many of the houses have access to contaminated water that is not suitable to drink. It is suggested to clean that water through the process of distillation.

Distilled water is gained by removing all the impurities from soft water and soft water gained from hard water. During this process, all the minerals also get removed. Distilled water is safe to drink.

How is water Distilled?

The water is boiled into vapours leaving behind the impurities. The vapours are separated into a separate container. While the impurities which are not boiled or about to boil, reside in the original container. So, the impurities and the minerals left behind are trash and water that is collected in the form of vapours is pure, light, and tasty. It is considered as one of the types of purified water.

Advantages of Distilled water

Distilled water is used in appliances and machinery. Further, it is also used for medical and chemical appliances. On the other hand, it is considered a refreshing liquid in our daily life. It removes all the impurities and contaminants that may hinder the body to absorb good nutrients. Further, it saves the body from consumption of chlorine.

This improves digestion and prevents from water-borne diseases. It is also a natural detox. The process of distillation is easy and saves you from spending a high amount of money.

Disadvantages of Distilled Water

Though distilled water is clean, still, it has some mineral deficiency for drinking purpose.

Soft water

Water was previously hard, made soft through filtration. This process lessens the level of minerals, such as magnesium, calcium and increases the level of salts mainly, sodium.

How is water softened?

In the filtration process, hard water enters in the resin tank. In the tank, resin beads attract the minerals, calcium and magnesium. Through this, minerals get separated and replaced with sodium.

Advantages of Soft Water

Soft water is perfect for skin and hair wash. Further, water is highly effective in reducing scum. The less amount of minerals save your shower, bathtubs and taps exposure to corrosion.

Moreover, the waterworks efficiently for laundry, dishes and appliances.

Disadvantages of soft water

It has some cost for one-time installation.

Through the above-mentioned information, there are notable differences that make distilled water and soft water dissimilar from each other. Distilled water is used for drinking, and soft water is used for appliances. But, whatever the differences these processes have, the ultimate goal is to clean water. Water experts can help you the type of water you are using. You can use that water accordingly.


Dr. Ayesha Saeed is PhD in Biochemistry. She has been serving as a lecturer in different colleges for last 7 years. Currently, she is vice-principal in a privately owned medical college. She recently joined biomadam as a volunteer writer to share her knowledge through our platform.

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