Distilled Water

Stop buying distilled water and use your Instant Pot to remove impurities from water in the convenience of your own home.

| August 2019


Yes. You can actually make distilled water with your Instant Pot! Distilled water is great for so many different purposes for your home. The distillation process helps to remove impurities from the water. It’s perfect for using in your iron, refilling your car battery, in your humidifier, and if you’re lucky to have one, even your cigar humidor. You’re about to call me crazy for what I’m going to have you do, but it’s such a fun little hack.


  • 1 gallon of tap water
  • Food-grade heat-safe vinyl tubing, approximately 2 1/2-3 feet long and 5/16-inch diameter
  • Heat-safe container


  1. Remove the venting knob on top of your Instant Pot lid. Just pull up, and it’ll slide right off.
  2. Add 1 gallon of water into the Instant Pot liner. Close lid and lock in place. Place one end of the vinyl tubing onto the metal piece sticking out of the vent hole and the other end to a heat-safe container.
  3. Press the Steam button, and adjust time to 25 minutes. Watch your water steam! 20-25 minutes should be plenty of time to distill your water. Check your water level at about the 20-minute mark, as boiling times vary at different elevations.

Tip: Word of caution — the tubing and heat-safe container will be extremely hot, so please do not handle with bare hands. Even when the process is done, use oven-safe mitts to handle everything.

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DIY-crafts-instant-potAuthor David Murphy is a chef and food blogger whose recipes have been featured on Food & Wine, Delish, Munchies, Daily Mail, Buzzfeed, Jezebel, Today, and more. He recently went viral with his discovery of how to make wine in the Instant Pot! This led to him experimenting with all sorts of recipes that could be adapted for the appliance, and the publication of his first book, Instant Pot Magic. Then as he branched out even more, he realized the Instant Pot doesn’t have to be only for food! The revolutionary home appliance is taking DIY to a whole new level, and David Murphy is just the guy to show you how — in his newest book he’s curated an astounding collection of creative things to do with your Instant Pot.

Excerpted with permission from DIY Crafts and Projects for Your Instant Pot: Lip Balm, Tie-Dye, Candles, and Dozens of Other Amazing Ideas! by David Murphy. Copyright 2019 by Racehorse Publishing, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

8/14/2020 11:07:48 PM

Yes, the tubing is critical! I purchased silicone food grade tubing (-70 to 450f) online at Amazon; 16' for less than $18. I added a plastic 2 gallon pretzel container, looped a few feet of tubing in it and brought the end out the bottom into the water container. Put a couple tumblers of ice to condense the water to prevent steam loss.

3/25/2020 6:33:11 AM

Couldn't agree more with Austin's comment- THIS ARTICLE SHOULD BE REMOVED! While I can't speak to the chemical implications of heating 5/8 plastic tubing to 211 , I can say this tubing got BOILING HOT (literally! :)), and, since it was under pressure, I feared it could come flying off the pressure stem at any time! :( if someone HAD to distill water with a plastic tube, I'd highly recommend at least a clothes pin or some other way to strengthen the seal between the steam vent stem and the end of the plastic hose. Please do consider removing this dangerous content!

3/23/2020 8:08:08 PM

Hi, I'm a chemical engineer and just wanted to let you know that PVC tubing has a max operating temp of 140 F, above which it begins to degrade. Because water boils at 212 F, this setup is not safe, and the distilled water will have PVC leached into it. You could potentially use CPVC, which is rated at 200 F, but this still is somewhat risky depending on the application of the water. If it's going into your body in any way, then it's not smart to do. Try some braided stainless steel tubing instead, and I would really recommend editing this article so others are not put in danger.

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