A Note From Sarah: This post about colloidal silver is written by Rebekah Baker, my solidarity sister. We were paired up for a month to help encourage each other, learn from each other, and help each other grow our blogs. To learn more about Solidarity Sisters, click on the graphic.
Well, guess what? Our house is almost out of colloidal silver!! This is a serious emergency!! We can’t have that since we use it in place of antibiotics and first-aid ointment. I’m going to show you guys how to make colloidal silver the easy way and without spending a ton of money doing it.
When I first started using silver, I thought it was so expensive. So, I started looking for a better way – maybe – if I could only make it – I thought. It seemed most of the silver generators were so expensive. I was in a bit of a predicament! Since our oldest has had so many problems taking antibiotics, I knew I had to find a way that would work for our family. My uncle was so sweet. He told me all about how to make it and even sent me his generator. It may seem complicated but it’s really not. So, here’s goes. This is so fun!!! I love doing things like this. My husband says he’s going to have to build a separate room just for all my experiments. Haha. Oh, and you could make this into a homeschooling experiment as well. Wouldn’t that be cool??
Here are all the items you will need to make the colloidal silver.
- TDS Tester (tests for PPM)
- Distilled Water – You cannot substitute this!
- 99.99% Silver rods
- 2 Alligator Clips
- Water Glass
- Popsicle stick
- 30V adapter
- Unbleached Coffee Filter
To start off, you will want to rinse your glass with some of the distilled water. And don’t forget to rinse off the silver rods as well. Set those aside to use in a few minutes. Do not rinse with tap water since there are a lot of dissolved solids in tap water even though we can’t see them. Just for fun, you can put your TDS tester in your tap water and you will see how many particles are floating around that are completely invisible to the naked eye. Yikes!!! It freaks me out! The kids and I did this with tap water vs. purified water. So you definitely want to use distilled water since it usually registers at a zero ppm.
Go ahead and attach the alligator clips to the wires coming from 30V adapter. This might take a few minutes to get the wires stripped and attached properly. Once you have them connected, you are ready to punch small holes in the popsicle stick. Remember to have the holes about 1 1/2 inches apart. You don’t want the silver rods touching. If they touch, it could “fry” your adapter.
Then, you will insert each rod into the holes made in the popsicle stick. Leave at least an inch of rod sticking out at the top. At this point, you will take the alligator clips and clamp them onto the top of the silver rods.
Now you are ready to fill the glass with distilled water. You want it about 3/4 full of water. Then, place the silver rod/alligator clip/popsicle stick contraption on top of the glass with the rods sticking down into the water. Remember, do not let the rods touch. And I personally don’t like them touching the side of the jar but that’s just me. However, I really don’t think that affects any of the processes.
Once you have correctly positioned the silver rods, then turn on the adapter to it’s full power and just wait. It will take approximately 2 hours for the water to get to 20ppm. You’ll want to check on it every once in a while just to make sure the wires aren’t touching. A “fuzz” will begin to grow on one of the rods after a while. This is one of the indications that the adapter is working properly and that silver is being generated from the wires. This is a good sign even though it looks really strange.
I know it seems like it takes forever but it’s worth it. After about 2 or 3 hours, you will see a lot of gray particles floating in the water. If this is what you see, you know it’s working.
At this point, unplug your adapter and gently take out the silver rod contraption. Seriously, don’t forget to turn off your adapter. I almost “zapped” our adapter the first time I made silver. Sparks were flying – I accidently let the rods touch while taking it out of the silver. My husband works with electricity – so thought I had really messed it up – he checked it – and thank the Lord our adapter wasn’t “fried.”
Also, remember – do not shake the water solution or mix it up. This is when you will get a second glass and rinse it with distilled water. Evenly place an unbleached coffee filter over the mouth of the second glass. Then, slowly pour in the silver solution until most of it is filtered. You probably don’t want to pour in the “settlings” at the bottom since they contain a lot of silver particles.
If you are curious, you can go ahead and check to see the ppm using your TDS Meter. You will need to store the colloidal silver in a dark bottle rather quickly. Light does something to colloidal silver. It turns a dark amber color. This happened the first time I made colloidal silver. It creeped me out to think of drinking it when it looked so weird. So if this happens, just dilute it with some water and use it as a disinfecting cleaner for your kitchen and bathroom. It works perfectly for that!
It is normal for colloidal silver to have a light golden color. So, do not stress out if that is what your colloidal silver looks like when you are finished.
By the way, you will want to clean your silver rods with a non-abrasive plastic scrubber so they will be ready to go for the next batch. I hope you guys have a good time experimenting!!! Enjoy and have fun!!!!
Rebekah Baker is a paleo/homeschool mom by day and a blogger/writer by night. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three amazing children. Her passion for natural living has been the catalyst for becoming a homesteader – producing as many things as possible “from scratch.” This crazy journey into discovering a more Biblical lifestyle only confirmed itself about a year ago when their oldest daughter was diagnosed with IBS, Leaky Gut, a Candida overgrowth, and multiple food allergies including a severe gluten intolerance. Check out her strange, shocking discoveries as well as cool, crazy experiments over at Naturally Blessed Mama.
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