Colloidal Silver – How to Make it (AND TEST IT!)

    Colloidal Silver Kit – At Starr & Bullock Hardware

    If you are serious about preparing for the worst, a good friend to have is colloidal silver. It sounds like a very technical thing, but it is really just tiny silver atoms trapped in water. Making it and testing your success is painfully simple, and besides the silver, does not require expensive components. Well yea there is is the silver of course, but you don’t need a lot.

    All you need to make your own colloidal silver are two pieces of pure silver. It has to be at least .999 pure, and you are better with .9995 or .9999 if possible. Most of the people selling silver wire out there are certified .9999, but a lot of coins are not. For sure you can’t use sterling silver or pre-64 US coins or anything like that. The other metals in the less than pure silver will also ionize into the water, and it’s not healthy to drink.

    Your silver has to be as pure as possible, and the wire that is out there is generally 99.99% pure. Impurities, especially from things like sterling silver and pre-64 US coins are harmful if ionized into the water.

    The other component that you can’t compromise is the water. You have to use pure steam distilled water, like period. You cannot add anything to it at all. And Walmart distilled gallons are cheap, and work great. They have .0001 parts per million of dissolved solids. My city water at home has 155, and even my RO system had that, which I have to check out.

    You have to use only steam distilled water for colloidal silver. Water that you think is “pure” is anything but. The TDS meter tested even my RO water at 155 parts per million, and I have tested “purified” water and even some high end designer water at 60PPM or so. Rainwater so far is the least, but it failed in working for colloidal silver.

    The rest of making colloidal silver is a lot more loosy goosy. You need a DC power source somewhere between 9 and 30 volts, and I have seen arguments where people swear by several different stops between those numbers. Most kits you see are using 12 volt, but if all you have is a 9 volt from a guitar pedal that no longer works, or a 19v laptop adapter, those are also fine.

    Unless you buy a connector like you see on this Star & Bullock kit, which I refer to in the video as the electrode holder, you would cut off the end of the cord, and use the positive and negative wires to power your colloidal silver. Those wires can be attached with an alligator clip to the silver, and hung into the water at an inch apart or so.

    And that’s it. Hang them in the water and plug in your adapter, and 3 – 4 hours later you will have colloidal silver.

    Why the Kit?

    Star & Bullock built this kit for people who want an easy and easily repeatable system with verification. It comes with a proprietary cap that holds a common terminal block that fits the end of 5mm adapter. It fits a 14 gauge wire perfectly, but they included 12 gauge wire in the kit so you do not have to replace the wires as frequently. You just have to squish the 12 gauge down a bit to fit into the terminal block “electrode holder.”

    This kit was designed to cure the failings of kits I have reviewed from Ebay and Amazon, which I would not suggest. I even had a kit that was upwards of $100 come with an adapter that had a different barrel size than the adapter. This kit is extremely robust, and has everyting in it that could possibly need.

    You also need to bend the wires so that they are further apart than the connectors on the terminal block. I demonstrated this on the video, but you could just bend them out as well. It’s silver of course and bends easily. In my experience if you touch the glass with the ends of the wires it can trip a GFCI outlet, so just dangle the electrodes down in the water.

    This kit comes with .9999 wire in 12 gauge, which is a little too thick for the terminal block electrode holder. If you don’t buy the assembled kit, you can just pinch the end with a vice grip to squish it a bit and it will fit.
    They also should be bent so that they are parallel, but further apart in the jar, but not touching the sides.

    There is also a TDS meter, which stands for “total dissolved solids.” This was not meant to measure metallic ions, so it is really not reliable for measuring the true PPM of colloidal silver, but it should at least be relative to itself.

    The real value of the TDS meter is to make sure that you are using pure distilled water. Any compromise in that will turn your solution cloudy and interrupt the proper electric goals.

    The included TDS meter is of limited value for determining the true PPM of your final solution. But it is great for seeing if your water is pure enough. The Walmart distilled water is 1PPM, which works perfect.

    To verify your solution, the best tool for that is a laser pointer. Once the solution is at the saturated point, the laser will shine a solid bar all the way through with no gaps. This is called the Tyndall effect.

    The most effective measure of your solution is an inexpensive laser pointer. When your colloidal silver is “done” it will show a solid line. I make my solutions so that they are totally solid. You can experiment for yourself.
    My solution usually is around 14PPM on the meter, but these meters weren’t made to measure ionized metal, so they are misleading at best. I use a power supply over 1 amp usually, and I leave them for four hours or so. They are darker than they need to be, but again, you can figure out what you prefer.
    It is normal to have black oxidation on your negative terminal, and white gook on your positive. The negative is the one that looses silver, so if you want them to age at the same pace, you should swap them periodically.

    So it’s nice that the kit has those things, but you don’t need them if you are sure that your silver is pure and your water is pure.

    Just make sure that after your solution is complete, that you put it away where there is no light. Silver is an incredible metal. It is the most luminescent metal, and the most conductive. That is why it is used in solar panels, and many other electric and light related applications. It actually has a chemical reaction with light, so I have no idea if solution that has turned color due to light is good or not.

    Even in total darkness your solution will be darker colored, or more golden the next day. But in full light they will turn brown. I don’t know what effect this has, but it probably isn’t a good effect. Keep your jars out of the light, or tape or paint them. Not storing them in your production jar also seems to keep them clearer.

    If you remove your solution from the generator container and put it in another container it will be much less sensitive, so you may want to do that. Brown glass and green glass are not dark enough to prevent some reaction from occurring, so just either put your clear jars away, or paint or duct tape over them to prevent light from getting in.

    This kit was specifically designed for Mason jars, because they are still readily available pretty much everywhere for less than a dollar a bottle.

    Make sure to wash your Mason jars with soapy water before you use them for colloidal silver, or really anything else. They have a chemical smell to them when first opened. Then rinse them with the distilled water.

    You can see that my solutions are yellowish, and yours will most likely be that color, or they will turn that color even in the dark. My solutions were probably left too long, but again, those details are loose and flexible. It is colloidal silver, and will work fine.

    One thing I didn’t cover in the video is the idea of “seeding” new batches from previous batches. I have seen no evidence that there is any benefit to this at all, other than speeding up the time to make the solution. Unless you are making it in bulk to sell, it is not a detail I would bother with. I think it is one of those things that some Karen posted to a discussion board, or wrote in an article, and it just got repeated ad nausium without anyone really thinking about it.

    Why Colloidal Silver?

    If you go into a Costco in Mexico, there will be a giant display of bottles of colloidal silver. It is known worldwide and without question to be the most effective and benign substance to kill microbes and bacteria in any questionable water source. Silver is used in burn dressings because it has more resilient antibacterial qualities than any other substance.

    Colloidal silver will not turn you blue, unless you drank it like I drink diet soda. Generally you only use a tablespoon or two per gallon of water, so there is very little silver that you would even drink. But like everything else now, if you Google colloidal silver, you will see only disinformation that is meant to scare you away. Generally the photoshopped picture of the blue guy comes up on the first page. I am sure I will also be deleting comments both on Youtube and Grid Down saying that it turns you blue, and oh, don’t forget that it is irreversible. Just like the guys who injected bleach because of the orange man.

    The other aspects of colloidal silver you will have to figure out for yourself, and wade through the tide of uselessness that has become the internet to find some kind of consensus. Doctors in the US used to put colloidal silver into the eyes, ears and lips of newborns after birth, that today has been replaced with antibiotics and other useless shots.

    Mike Adams, the “health ranger,” claims that there are tangible benefits that you can realize without question. These are his top ten:

    • 1) You can spray it onto burns to prevent infections and promote faster healing without scarring.
    • 2) You can also spray or dab it onto ringworm, boils, herpes sores, and warts for faster healing.
    • 3) If you’re having bronchial problems or walking pneumonia, you can put some colloidal silver in a nebulizer and breathe it into your bronchial area and lungs directly.
    • 4) Small amounts taken daily as a tonic will give what some call a second immune system to guard against flues and colds. Easy and inexpensive if you make if you make your own.
    • 5) Colloidal silver drops can be used for ear infections without any harmful side effects. Some use it for eye and nasal infections as well. Perhaps it can be injected anally with an enema bulb to help cleanse the colon.
    • 6) It can be applied topically for vaginal yeast infections or oral thrush (yeast infection). Could be useful for chronic jock itch as well.
    • 7) Colloidal silver can be used by pregnant women to assist fetal development and easier delivery of the newborn child.
    • 8) It can be taken early with the onset of a cold, flu, or bronchitis to get over it quickly without harming beneficial bacteria. Antibiotics kill good and bad bacteria.
    • 9) Colloidal silver can be used successfully to combat MRSA infections. MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a staph infection that can be fatal and is now resistant to antibiotics. It usually occurs during hospital stays, but has become rampant enough to originate outside hospitals (
    • 10) There has been some success using colloidal silver with AIDS patients. It adds a layer of needed additional immunity while destroying existing pathogens.

    I have also seen claims that it cures COVID if you use it in a nebulizer, and all kinds of other cool stuff, none of which I have actually witnessed. Colloidal silver and chlorine dioxide both seem like they need more investigation into what has been hidden by the medical establishment. I don’t believe anything anymore.

    But you can bet that I’m going to have some colloidal silver put away, and that I will hang onto my generator for the future. I am going to try a home distiller next, but so far my rainwater test, that measured only 14ppm, is a big cloudy fail.

    Since doing those batches I have measured other batches with the laser at even an hour and a half and have gotten a pretty solid line, so once you get your kit, if you get the kit, do your own testing.

    The process does not use a lot of silver, but my advice is to swap the leads regularly between positive and negative. The negative electrode gets black, and you have to wipe that off every time you use it. Slowly that negative lead will get smaller and smaller, but while the positive may have white gook on it, it does not wear away. If you swap them, both leads will age at the same rate and you will not have to go to any expense to replace just one. Coins, plates, bars, whatever will all work as long as they are .9999.

    Water is the topic I get asked about first. And that is mostly because people think that they understand the best food to buy, which is usually not the case. But they are also asking the wrong questions about water. Storing a large amount of water is difficult. Even those five gallon office jugs of water actually go bad in a way. They taste stale and yucky, and the plastic leaches chemicals into them. In large quantities, untreated water will develop algae and turn into something you will not want to drink. Pool chemicals have nasty stuff in them now. And even regular Clorox eventually bleeds off and turns to water itself.

    Your water plan should be to store some, yes, but also to have ways to go and fetch it and bring it home, then purify it. If you are on city water, the water may never shut off. Many systems are tied directly to natural gas wells, and a lot of us on on nuclear that is unlikely to fail. You may just need to purify a water source that is coming to you, but that many not be pure. You may escape the city mess to the woods and have to retrieve water from ponds and streams. I am going to cover some of these topics in the near future, but the short answer to all of this is COLLOIDAL SILVER. Get yourself or make yourself a generator, and make some solution before you need it.

    Paul Helinski

    Leave a Comment

    • Latigo Morgan May 30, 2022, 9:41 am Reply

      You may want to change filters on your RO system. My water company water is almost 700 ppm and my RO brings it down to 38 ppm. I noticed the water tasting a little different and checked it and it was up to 80 ppm. I’ll be changing filters soon, myself.

    • Bob October 17, 2022, 11:18 am Reply

      Stop drinking diet soda…or any soda. You should know better.