How to Clean a Water Distiller

Hunker may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story.

Things You'll Need

  • White Vinegar

  • Sulfamic Acid

  • Cloth

  • Water


Clean your distiller approximately every 3 to 4 months.

Regular maintenance is key to extending the life of most anything. This holds true when it comes to water distillers as well. It is important to know how to properly clean your water distiller to ensure it performs optimally. Proper and regular cleaning, known as descaling, will help to prevent a water distiller from having mold growth and other ill effects that can be avoided. It is important to be consistent and proactive to make cleaning that much easier. Distillers should be cleaned approximately every 3 to 4 months. Make the cleaning a habit and stick to it.


Step 1

Turn off the power and remove the lid from the distiller boiling chamber.

Step 2

Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of either Sulfamic Acid or white vinegar to the boiling chamber. Vinegar is milder than Sulfamic Acid to work with.

Step 3

Agitate the solution by swirling the chamber for approximately 10 to 15 seconds.

Step 4

Leave the solution sitting in the chamber overnight to allow it to continue cleaning on its own.


Step 5

Empty the descaling solution from the boiling chamber the next morning.

Step 6

Fill the chamber with clean water, swirling it around to rinse it out, then emptying it. Repeat to ensure all descaling residue has been removed.

Step 7

Wipe the interior of the boiling chamber with a cloth to remove any last traces of solution residue then turn the power back on and watch to be sure the chamber fills and everything appears to be working properly.


Karen Crawford

Karen Crawford is a freelance writer living in the Florida panhandle. She has written for both print and web publications, such as and eHow, for close to 10 years. Crawford is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in clothing and textiles.