Make Your Own Colloidal Silver

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Preppers who can afford it are encouraged to buy precious metals also known as PMs.  If you cannot afford gold and silver bullion or coins, there is still value in having some types of silver in your stockpile. The value is maintaining your health.

Colloidal_SilverSilver has shown effective in fighting bacteria, viruses, algae and fungi. Its germicidal effects also kill many microbial organisms.

Silverware (solid or plated)

It is believed that the wealthy in history have had better health because they ate off silver utensils. If you have silver plated flatware, it’s useless for melt value but can be invaluable for the health benefits. Switch to your “good silver” when society collapses and you may greatly reduce your need for medical attention!

Colloidal Silver (purchased or homemade)

This substance has been used for years. Yes, I remember the guy who turned blue! He abused the use of homemade colloidal silver (CS) and drank it daily; everything in moderation!

Whether you stock up on commercially produced CS or have the supplies on hand to DIY, this is an excellent item to add to your medical supplies.

Store-bought CS can be very costly to stockpile.  If you’re considering making your own, here are some suggestions:

DIY Steps to make your own colloidal silver

You’ll need:

– 8-12 oz glass jar

– Ultrafine silver wire or bullion (.999)*

– 3 9v batteries

– 3 9v battery terminal clip snap-ons

–  2 small alligator clips


1. Connect 3 battery clips in series (positive to negative, connecting red wires to black). On the 2 unconnected wire ends, attach alligator clips. You can either solder this together or use electrical tape after twisting the wires together.

2. Put batteries on the clips. (Don’t touch the clips once the batteries are connected or they will short out.) Wash the jar then fill it with distilled water.

3. Run the silver wires parallel into the water, ideally about 3/4″ apart. Don’t let them touch each other when the batteries are connected. Attach the alligator clip leads to the silver wires.

4. Once the wires are connected to power, watch for a white cloud to begin forming between them. First, bubbles will form on the wires and 5-10 minutes later, particles will be seen emitting from one of them. Run the generator for 10 minutes past this point to make it approximately 5-7 ppm.

5. When the process is complete, pour the liquid through an unbleached coffee filter into an amber or dark blue glass container. These can sometimes be purchased at health food stores and on Amazon. Your liquid should be either clear or a very light yellow. Running the process too long will create a dark or cloudy liquid which is less effective.

Shelf life of DC-generated colloidal silver is approximately 14-30 days. Shake well before using.


This video provides very good step-by step instructions on creating your own generator.  He also includes alternative power sources including: regular 9V batteries, re-chargeable 9V batteries, a DC transformer, and solar panels.

If you are concerned about your ability to build your own generator, there are companies who will sell you anything from a pre-fabricated generator to a complete CS generator kit.

SilverGen has an excellent list of uses for CS.  Consider printing these suggestions and adding them to your Survival Binder or stashing the list next to your homemade CS.

*Testimonial from The Survival Mom: The kids and I take a couple of teaspoons of colloidal silver a few times a week. When my son had a mouthful of sores last year, I had him swish his mouth twice a day with colloidal silver. After just 2 days, the sores had cleared up. From personal experience I know they usually hang around a lot longer.

Not everyone agrees that colloidal silver is helpful as an alternative medicine, so do your own research before using it for medical purposes.


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12 thoughts on “Make Your Own Colloidal Silver”

  1. You may want to look into published research on self-dosing with colloidal silver before practicing unlicensed medicine on yourself. Ray Sahelian M.D. has a webpage on colloidal silver with good references for recent published research on the subject. You can find his summary at It seems that a big side effect of too much self-dosing is that the skin turns gray-blue.

    1. I read that, Linda. In my own experience, most medical doctors aren’t into any type of alternative medicine, yet my family and I have been greatly helped by chiropractors and various naturopathic treatments. You really do have to do your own research and decide for yourself, but there are thousands of people who swear by colloidal silver. At this point in my life, I’m pretty skeptical of a lot of the conventional wisdom out there in the medical community. Their tendency is to over-prescribe pharmaceuticals, which are WAY more dangerous than taking a teaspoon or two of colloidal silver!!

    2. Linda,
      Thank you for your caution. It is wise for people to research and make their own choices when it comes to alternative medicine.

      The main reason for posting DIY colloidal silver is to give Survival Moms the choice. If (or when) society collapses, access to quality medical care could become scarce or non-existent. History tells us that during a large-scale crisis, hospitals, doctors, and nurses can be overwhelmed. Medical facilities can become death traps. Look at stories from Katrina, Haiti, and the Indian Ocean tsunami as examples.

      If traditional medical care is no longer available or the facilities are more dangerous than the cure, alternative medical knowledge and skills could be the difference between life and death. I do not condone “practicing unlicensed medicine”. However, during a SHTF event I’d rather try to treat my family than go without medical care.

  2. One of the main uses for Colloidal silver is washing. Washing wounds, etc. Cuts, stings, any opening in the skin to prevent an infection. Especially burns.

    Drinking a few tablespoons a few times a week is vastly different than drinking glassfuls every day like people who turn blue do. I only ingest it when we’re sick but it’s about the frequency and amount, not that you ingest any at all!

  3. The man who turned blue was making his own silver solution, but what he ended up making was silver salts which will turn skin blue. He was also rubbing it on his skin and then going to a tanning bed. Caution and knowledge are all very helpful!

  4. After having children with multiple allergies and infections, I became an expert on candida imbalance. One child was on antifungals for 5 years. So, the good traditional R.N. that I was began to question and research. We discovered colloidal silver. My favorite brand is Sovereign Silver which also has a homeopathic combination. At any rate, about a year ago, my granddaughter was diagnosed with strep. we treated it with this and took her back for a retest. She was negative. My chiropractor is my best friend! There needs to be a balanced perspective on the strengths of both traditional and alternative medicine and remedies. Where would we be without the expertise of trauma medicines, or surgeries to save lives, etc. Have to be careful to not throw out the baby with the bath water! How wonderful would it be if both sides could recognize the value of each and work together to really help reach optimal health!

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  7. Debi actually there never needs to be a balance of traditional medicine to naturopathic. From a God stand point there is an evil spirit of Pharmacia that puts more harm on people than naturopathic that is solely from God. God can and does heal all that believe! The best health is a mind, body, and soul treatment with God always leading us to the appropriate action. Deliverance is key to health!

  8. I don’t think you mentioned using an electrolyte
    In the process which I’ve seen described in alot of diy recipes
    Saline is usually what ive seen and apparently it helps conductivity and transfer of Tue ions…similar to a battery
    I also have a product called (concentrace) which is trace minerals
    From salt water…which I’m going to try
    Not sure if you have heard of it but it may be worth a try..

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  10. My husband has been making our colloidal silver for about 10 years now and we have used it to treat ourselves and our dogs. I am thrilled to say that we have not had to take any antibiotics during this time, and have used it to successfully treat everything from skin conditions to the common cold, influenza, etc. We have definitely not turned blue like the Blueman that big pharma always tries to scare us with. Make sure you use the pure distilled water with no minerals added and do not store in sunlight as it will cause the suspended silver particles to settle. I was a little skeptical at first but hubby did his research and the results do not lie. This has been used for thousands of years, with many testimonials to its effectiveness.

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