Sunday, January 3, 2010

How Long Will Homemade Colloidal Silver Last Before It Begins to Lose Its Potency?

How Long Will Homemade Colloidal Silver Last Before It Begins to Lose Its Potency?

Tens of thousands of people throughout North America and around the world now make their own home-made colloidal silver using colloidal silver generators.

They do so for many reasons, but chiefly because you can make an entire quart of fresh, pure colloidal silver for about 36 cents or less with a high-quality colloidal silver generator, rather than paying a whopping $20 or $30 for a comparatively tiny, four-ounce bottle of store bought colloidal silver.

By far the #1 question I get from users of colloidal silver generators is this: How long will a batch of homemade colloidal silver last before it begins to lose its potency?

Rule of Thumb

If you know what sign to look for, colloidal silver will tell you when it’s beginning to lose potency.

The general rule of thumb is to watch for precipitation of silver particles in your storage container.

“Precipitation” means the silver particles are beginning to fall out of suspension in the solution. The resulting residue will begin to visibly coat the sides or bottom of your storage container. That is the sure sign that your batch of homemade colloidal silver (or even store bought colloidal silver, for that matter) is beginning to lose its potency.

All you have to do is examine your storage container to see whether or not a light silver-gray residue is beginning to form on the sides or bottom of the container.

If you’re using a dark glass storage container, such as the amber glass bottles many people like to store their homemade colloidal silver in (see photo above), you may have to hold the bottle up to a bright light, or shine a flashlight through it, and carefully examine the sides and bottom.

If you see a coating or discoloration beginning to form on the glass sides or bottom, then you know your silver particles are beginning to precipitate, the batch is losing its potency, and it’s time to make a fresh batch.

Otherwise, if there is no visible residue forming in your storage container, your homemade colloidal silver is likely as fresh and potent as the day you made it.

Why Do Silver Particles Fall Out of Suspension?

There are a number of reasons for the precipitation of silver particles.

For example, if your colloidal silver generator is producing overly large silver particles, you will often see premature precipitation of the silver particles in your storage container. The more silver-gray residue you see beginning to coat the sides or bottom of your storage container, the weaker in potency your homemade colloidal silver solution is becoming.

Also, it’s important to note that using salt or baking soda or other additives to boost the speed of the colloidal silver-making process will add to the overall size and weight of the silver particles (due to agglomeration of the particles into larger particle clusters). This will ultimately cause your silver particles to precipitate prematurely and begin forming a residue on the sides or bottom of your storage container. Once again, this is a sure sign that your batch of homemade colloidal silver is beginning to lose its potency.

What’s more, if your storage container is exposed to excessive heat or excessive cold or even excessive sunlight or other bright light for prolonged periods of time, then precipitation of the silver particles could begin taking place.

The bottom line is that any time you can see that your silver particles are precipitating our of solution and coating the bottom or sides of your storage container, then it’s time to make a fresh, new batch of colloidal silver. It’s that simple.

Over 3 Years, With Zero Precipitation

The new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator produces silver particles so small and so stable in solution, there is generally no precipitation whatsoever -- even after months or years of storage.

As an experiment, I’ve stored a quart of micro-particle colloidal silver in my kitchen cabinet for over three years now, and there is still zero precipitation of the silver particles -- meaning it is still as fresh (and potent) as the day I made it.

That can’t be done with most homemade colloidal silver, because quite frankly most colloidal silver generators produce excessively large silver particles. Premature precipitation of the silver particles is generally the rule rather than the exception with batches of colloidal silver produced by conventional colloidal silver generators.

Only true micro-particle colloidal silver, such as that produced with a new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from, maintains its freshness and potency for months or even years on end.

A Perfect Example

Some time back my wife and I had attended the Mega Book Marketing Conference in Los Angeles with multi-best-selling author Mark Victor Hansen.

Unfortunately, after the second day at the conference, I began to come down with a bad case of the sniffles. Within hours I was completely congested. My nose and ears were clogged, and a sore throat was starting. I knew a nasty cold was coming…fast.

Mark's conferences are always enlightening, but they can be grueling. They generally run from 9am to 9pm every day for three days straight, at breakneck speed and intensity, and with only a few well-timed breaks throughout the day and evening. I knew that if I wanted to finish the conference, I had to stop this cold dead in its tracks, pronto.

So I immediately left the conference and went up to my room and dug through my suitcase looking for the container of freshly made colloidal silver I always bring with me on long business trips. Unfortunately, in my haste to leave for the conference I had failed to bring it. It was sitting home on the kitchen counter.

The only colloidal silver I had was some micro-particle colloidal silver I had stored in an old glass bottle with a plastic pump spray lid, that had been in my travel shaving kit for the past nine months.

Naturally, I was concerned that the colloidal silver wouldn’t stand a chance against my fast-developing cold, due to the poor storage conditions and the age of the batch. But when I checked it closely by shining a flashlight into the bottle, there was no precipitation of the silver particles whatsoever.

Most importantly, when I tried it, it worked like a charm. I drank several ounces, put several drops in each of my eyes and ears at bedtime (many infections enter the body at the eyes and ears) and used the spray pump to spray some colloidal silver into my throat while inhaling deeply at the same time in order to get the micro-particle silver solution down into my lungs (kinda like a makeshift nebulizer).

By the next day I was feeling much better and was able to continue through the conference with no more sniffles, congestion or sore throat. The homemade micro-particle colloidal silver that had been stored in my shaving kit (from a previous road trip) for over nine months worked just as well as any freshly-made colloidal silver.

That's the beauty of owning a colloidal silver generator that produces true silver micro-particles. Loss of potency is practically non-existent because of the remarkable stability of the very tiny, sub-microscopic silver particles

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Anonymous said...

Hey spencer, I understand what you're saying. But how can you tell when store bought colloidal silver is beginning to lose its potency? -- DL

Steve Barwick said...

Hi DL,

Thanks for your question.

You can tell when store bought colloidal silver is losing its potency in exactly the same way you tell with homemade colloidal silver.

If the silver particles are beginnning to fall out of suspension in the bottle you purchased it in, and are beginning to coat the sides of bottom of the bottle, then your colloidal silver is losing potency.

Any time you have a loss of silver particles, you are losing potency. It's that simple.


Anonymous said...

Dear Steve, found this article helpful. It has occurred to me, what is the best way to wash the container that has coating on the bottom and sides for reuse? Just plain ol' soap and water? Thanks. Susan

Steve Barwick said...

Hi Susan,

Yes, just plain old soap and water will do the trick. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with hot water so you don't leave a soapy residue on the inside of the bottle.


Anonymous said...

This was so helpful to me. Thank you. I came to check on this because we have had a case of pink eye in our family for over 3 weeks now. When I did a drop in each eye 3 times in one day my daughter (who was the 1st to get it) was cured the very next morning. I have 7 kids, plus myself and my hubby. Everyone who got it recovered by using the batch of homemade colloidal...except my hubby who is now on his 4th day with it and no signs of it clearing up. I just checked my glass jar after reading this and there is a tiny bit of residue on the bottom of the jar. Does that mean that the batch is useless? Or just less potent? Should we keep using it or is that just pointless? We do not have a generator so I can't just make a new batch right now, that is why I ask. Otherwise I don't know what to do until we can get some more made from our friends. Thanks so much for this article. Christy

Steve Barwick said...

Christy, if it's just a little bit of residue, the solution should still be okay. But if the residue is coating the entire bottom of the storage bottle, the the solution has probably lost most of its potency.