Originally Posted by OtherSongs
Interesting link/thread that has been going on since June 30, 2003 till this March with a total of just over 100 posts with some interesting ideas.
Also agreed, but with a few footnotes:
You need to buy a couple of different brands of distilled water and *taste* it. There's nothing bad (other than an odd taste) about drinking distilled water. I'd suggest 1st trying those that are marked as *steam* distilled water, but even with that kind of marking there are variances.
A water machine (reverse osmosis) is a cheap alternative which is low in dissolved solids. Every one that I've used *taste* good.
Any distilled water that tastes good almost surely has more dissolved solids than it should for record/vinyl cleaning. A good *steam* distilled water has a weird taste, which is never forgotten.
Another way to tell about how much dissolved solids are in the water is to put a measured amount in a *clean* stainless pot (say a quart), boil it completely off, and check the bottom of the pot for signs of residue. Then repeat the process with a different distilled water.