Availability of Distilled Water at Mexican Pharmacies or Supermarkets?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Aug 12, 2013 8:59 PM Last Post By: Kimpatsu_Hekigan
Jul 18, 2013 6:30 PM
Availability of Distilled Water at Mexican Pharmacies or Supermarkets?I'm in the process of planning a trip with my wife by air to Mexico City, to continue on to smaller communities in Hidalgo and Puebla. She now uses a CPAP machine at night for sleep apnea.
My wife has previously managed, with success, to transport her CPAP machine as carry on luggage while traveling by air within the USA. The distilled water needed to operate the CPAP was purchased after each arrival.
While shopping in Mexican pharmacies and supermarkets in the past, I've never paid any attention to whether or not they had distilled water available for sale. Has anyone had experience with this?
Jul 18, 2013 8:06 PM
1Both, but you'll prob have more luck in pharmacies such Farmacias Similares: "agua destilada."
Farmacia Paris definitely has it, and is a bit of an attraction in itself:
Jul 19, 2013 2:01 PM
2I have been using "Agua Purificada" reverse osmosis filtered drinking water in my CPAP and now BiPAP for the last 11 years. The total dissolved solids (TDS) is low enough to make its usage a virtual non-issue. The humidifier reservoir heat transfer plate takes at least a year or two of constant usage with this water to get a discernible deposit of minerals which in reality is a film. Supposedly the tank is supposed to be routinely replaced long before then as part of recommended maintenance.
I use TRI CLORO dishwashing detergent liquid to wash the tank in warm water. The soap solution is advertised to kill 99.99% of bacteria, virus and other nasties.
NOTE: A solution of 1/2 cup of white vinegar and purified water added to the humidifier tank and then enable the machine to work all day with humidity heat on high just knocks the heck out of the mineral deposits on the heater plate. Rinse thoroughly and presto, rejuvenation.
The blower does NOT pass water, nor vapor. It pushes air over the water so none of the above treatments can affect the machine mechanical or electrical. Ten years is a long time proofing all this.
Hope This helps
Jul 19, 2013 3:50 PM
Jul 20, 2013 1:41 AM
We used to go to the bustling, crowded Farmacia Paris in México Centro in order to buy jars of my favorite, hard to find shaving cream: Gillette Presto Barba Crema Para Rasurar. It has a special, zesty fragrance that's unique. But we haven't been there in some years, and I have to settle for other types of shaving cream. Life goes on...
Jul 20, 2013 9:37 AM
Jul 21, 2013 4:15 PM
6Many Mexican stores and super markets have distilled water While our usuage was for its addition to batteries in a solar a system, we found it easy to get where we were on the Pacific coast. One container we bought, and still have, was contained in a liter bottle that was cap -less: the pouring spout was of the same robust plastic the bottle was made from, so one had to cut through the narrow plastic spout to access the water, with an attached cap to then close the bottle. It left little chance for initial contamination.
Jul 22, 2013 7:25 AM
7I live in a small Third World village in the mountains. My friend has a pharmacy and she stocks distilled water. I bought some a while ago to use in my car battery.
That is not to say there is never a time when such a pharmacy would be temporarily out, of course. The farther you are from the central warehouse the great the risk of temporary out-of-stock events.
Jul 29, 2013 3:41 PM
Aug 9, 2013 8:18 PM
Aug 12, 2013 8:59 PM
And if all else fails, the bigger box stores all carry distilled water
in the clothes washing supplies area. It's for steam irons!
Although I cannot find a Web reference at this moment, I have heard that some brands of distilled water sold in Mexico for steam irons also contain a small amount of a volatile hydrocarbon as a lubricant.
This polymer is intended to make the iron slide more smoothly over the clothes when ironing. Because it's a volatile compound, it will not clog the iron like dissolved minerals in tap water. But it means that the water is NOT pure distilled water. And it's not something I would want in my lungs while breathing with the CPAP machine at night.
Also, neither this type of distilled water nor the demineralized water is sterile.
Read the labels carefully.
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