DIY Colloidal Silver

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Colloidal silver is easy to make with any piece of pure silver.

Colloidal silver is used against bacteria and viruses in the body, on the body, and on hard surfaces, like counter tops. When you purchase colloidal silver from a dealer, you are usually assured of getting consistent amounts of silver in each drop. However, the amount of silver is dependent upon the method of production and age of the preparation. DIY enthusiasts can make colloidal silver that is usually consistent for a fraction of the cost. If you need to know how many ppm of silver you have, you can always send a sample to an independent lab.

  1. Obtain Silver

    • Keep in mind that 14 gauge silver wire works best.
      Keep in mind that 14 gauge silver wire works best.

      Any silver that is at least .99 percent pure is acceptable to make colloidal silver. Silver of this grade comes in many shapes and sizes. You can use flat silver electrodes, silver wire, or even an old, clean, pure silver coin. One of the experts in DIY colloidal silver, Silver, recommends using 14 gauge silver wire submersed as far as possible, because it gives a cleaner colloidal silver.

    Set up the Current

    • You can use batteries to make your colloidal silver.
      You can use batteries to make your colloidal silver.

      There are two accepted ways to get current into your silver. For the first, you take a recycled, functional, power cord and strip the end wires. Attach alligator clips to the stripped wires, and clip the silver with the alligator clips.

      The second method requires several 9 volt batteries. You need enough 9 volt batteries to generate between .7 and 20 milliamps of electricity. The batteries are connected through a circuit to two wires with both ends stripped. One end of each wire is connected, to one set of batteries, and the other end is connected, through alligator clips, to the silver.

    Generator Setup

    • Fill a glass container to within 1 inch of the top with distilled water. Rest a ruler, stick, chopstick or other thin wood item across the top of the glass. Insert the silver into the water and rest the wires do the alligator clips are resting on the wood. The clips can not touch the water, or each other. Ensure the silver pieces do not touch each other. Connect your circuit, if using batteries, or if using a power cord, plug it into the wall.


    • Timing is important.
      Timing is important.

      Watch the colloidal silver generator closely. When you see a bit of yellow floating between the silver take note of the time. This will take between 15 and 30 minutes. Let it run for another five minutes. Remove the negative electrode, wait about five minutes and then remove the positive electrode.

    Clean the Silver

    • Only use a nylon scrup to clean your silver.
      Only use a nylon scrup to clean your silver.

      Disconnect silver from the power source immediately after each use. Clean the silver well between each batch of colloidal silver. It is best to use a nylon scrub. Scrub the sliver quickly, with light, uniform pressure. Store silver in a protected place where it won't be exposed to bumps, water, or anything else which might damage it.

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  • Photo Credit silver cups image by Hao Wang from solder wire image by naolin from nine volts alkaline battery on table image by JoLin from old watch image by A74.FR Ben Fontaine from Red lufa image by Keith Biros from

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