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    Question Question for the "nerds".........

    First, Nerds are cool.

    Now the question........

    The water that I take from my dehumidifier, would that be considered "distilled water"?

    I ask because, I am considering purchasing a Shark Steam mop and apparently, they recommend using distilled water due to the mineral content of tap water. Additionally, with all this rain and humidity, I just emptied the dehumidifier and thought.......hmmmm....does this water have the same properties as distilled water?

    And yes, I am cheap and don't feel like buying distilled water and remembering to keep it "in stock".
    Dr. Preco, I hold a license to practice on Uranus.

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    No it wouldn't be distilled. You would want to boil it to kill any lingering pathogens.

    P.S. Nerds rule!
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    Looks like there could be some health concerns as per Wikipedia:

    Quote Originally Posted by The great, but sometimes unreliable, Wikipedia
    Generally, dehumidifier water is considered a rather clean kind of greywater: not suitable for drinking, but acceptable for watering plants, though not garden vegetables The health concerns are:
    • the water may contain trace metals from solder and other metallic parts, most significantly lead (which is quite dangerous), but also copper, aluminum, and zinc. The trace metals pose a danger if used on edible plants, as they can bioaccumulate; however, the water is usable for irrigation of non-edible plants.
    • various pathogens, including fungal spores, may accumulate in the water particularly due to its stagnancy; unlike in distilled water production, the water is not boiled, which would kill pathogens (including bacteria);
    • as with distilled water, minerals are largely absent, hence it is somewhat flat-tasting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spazntwitch View Post
    No it wouldn't be distilled. You would want to boil it to kill any lingering pathogens.

    P.S. Nerds rule!
    I thought of that, but for the purposes of a steam machine/mop, wouldn't the steaming process kill the bacteria?

    Or, I thought of adding a dash of alcohol.

    Or, I could just boil the waer from the dehumidifier and be "good" for it's purposes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by spazntwitch View Post
    No it wouldn't be distilled. You would want to boil it to kill any lingering pathogens.
    And for all you lurkers out there who suspected that spazntwitch was a nerd (if the Skynet signature wasn't your first clue), "lingering pathogens" should remove all doubt.
    Nothing a little bourbon and soda wouldn't fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by precocious View Post
    Or, I could just boil the waer from the dehumidifier and be "good" for it's purposes?
    I'm not a nerd, but even I know that boiling wa=>T<=er, releases moisture into the air - making it more humid .

    Nothing a little bourbon and soda wouldn't fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diGriz View Post
    I'm not a nerd, but even I know that boiling wa=>T<=er, releases moisture into the air - making it more humid .

    But....I wouldn't be boiling it in the area of the dehumidifier...and I wouldn't boil it to the point of total evaporation....and you are nerdy....
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    I don't think it would be harmful using it in a steam mop as the steam should kill any bacteria in the water. It would be a waste of water just pouring it down the drain. Using it on your lawn would be my suggestion, since most of the south has been in a drought.
    We have so much moisture here that a dehumidifier would probably burn out from all the use, as the area I live in is considered bottom land. Even during a drought we have to cut the grass every week.

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    I wonder what the "technical support team" (read nerds) at the "Shark Steam mop company" would say.

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    Google Answers: safe alternate source for drinking water

    Interesting thread you might like Preco...

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    Quote Originally Posted by servantofone View Post
    Google Answers: safe alternate source for drinking water

    Interesting thread you might like Preco...
    The science of dehumidified water to drinking water to preco's steam mop has advanced significantly since 2003.

    Once again proving nothing is ever deleted off the web.

    (Which means Choochoojr will always regret saying "Hey Babs, take my picture!)
    Nothing a little bourbon and soda wouldn't fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by precocious View Post
    But....I wouldn't be boiling it in the area of the dehumidifier...and I wouldn't boil it to the point of total evaporation....and you are nerdy....

    Evaporation is the process by which water is converted from its liquid form to its vapor form and thus transferred from land and water masses to the atmosphere
    Nothing a little bourbon and soda wouldn't fix.

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