Can You Keep Swimming Pools Clean and Fresh with Colloidal Silver?
It seems like every summer there are news reports about nasty pathogens being found in swimming pools, leading to many folks asking me if colloidal silver can be used in place of harsh and potentially toxic chemicals such as chlorine and bromine in their own pools and hot tubs.
The answer is: Yes, absolutely! As you’ll read below, for hot tubs it can be as easy as adding some to the water each week…but you’d certainly need a LOT of colloidal silver for an entire swimming pool!
Luckily, there are some commercially-made products made specifically for swimming pools that utilize silver to keep the water clean and fresh…without the need for potentially harmful, harsh chemicals.
Here’s what you need to know…
Hi, Steve Barwick here, for The Silver Edge…
The summertime pool season has begun in many places, and of course, keeping pools clean and free from pathogens is necessary to enjoy the fun safely.
In fact, a recent article from US News about an E. coli and C. difficile outbreak in Pennsylvania in June 2021, highlights just how necessary it is to keep pool water clean, after “more than a dozen kids were seriously sickened by two types of bacteria, E. coli and C. difficile.”
The article goes on to note, “In this outbreak, 15 children became ill. Thirteen of them needed medical care, and six were hospitalized for severe diarrhea and inflammation of the colon. Fortunately, none developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can cause kidney failure.”
After articles like the one above are published, I often receive questions from understandably concerned folks about whether or not colloidal silver, which, as I recently reported is known to kill E. coli (as well as other pathogens), can be used in swimming pools and hot tubs to keep the water clean and safe.
The short answer is “yes”, and the long answer is “yes, but….”
The general rule-of-thumb that’s been circulating on the internet for years is one tablespoon of colloidal silver for each gallon of water in the pool, once a week.
Now, depending upon the size of your swimming pool that would be a LOT of colloidal silver.
For example, a typical, small, in-ground 18,000-gallon swimming pool would require 18,000 tablespoons of colloidal silver (70 gallons!) once per week.
Like I said, that’s a LOT of colloidal silver. But thankfully, there’s a much better (and easier) way to go.
The Best Way to Go
When I’ve spoken with pool experts about using colloidal silver, most of them have told me the same thing:
You need both silver AND copper for large swimming pools so that both the bacteria and fungus, as well as the algae and other “plant”-like growths (which are actually multi-cellular organisms) are prevented from growing.
Silver kills the pathogens, copper kills the algae and other organic growths. These two safe, natural minerals have to be constantly replenished in the pool water, because, as mentioned with hot tubs, light from the sun tends to degrade them, and over time they’re also filtered out by the pool filters.
Fortunately, pool manufacturers have come out with commercial copper/silver ion generators made especially for swimming pools.
These are professional units designed to release very small amounts of copper and silver ions into your pool on a continuous basis, 24-hours-a-day.
They’re like a large, commercial-grade colloidal silver generator, designed specifically for swimming pools, aquatic animal habitats and large water fountains.
Not too long ago these units cost around $3,000. But the costs have come down pretty dramatically to about one-third of that amount or less, depending upon the brand and the model needed based on your pool’s size.
With these units, you’ll still have to lightly “shock” your pool every once in a while with chlorine/bromine, in order to oxidize things like body oils, suntan lotion, dead skin and other substances that would otherwise build up and get trapped in the pool filter, resulting in sooner-than-normal filter cleaning or replacement.
But if you keep your pool filters cleaned regularly, you should only have to use the chlorine/bromine “shock” once every month or two, at most, resulting in a barely detectable daily level.
The bottom line is that using a silver-copper water disinfection system in your swimming pool allows you to keep infectious microbes, fungus, algae and other critters at bay, while dramatically limiting your exposure to potentially toxic chemicals such as chlorine and bromine.
Does It Really Work?
Silver and copper ions have been used in swimming pools for decades.
But do they really keep the water pathogen-free? At what levels must they be used to keep the pool water disinfected? And how do the silver and copper ions work in comparison to the more toxic chemicals such as chlorine or bromine?
Thankfully, testing has been conducted that’s answered most of those questions.
In fact, according to The Silver Institute, an organization that tracks the use of silver in consumer products, one of the most dramatic of the earlier purification tests occurred in 1976 in a 20,000 gallon swimming pool in Nebraska.
There was no disinfectant of any kind in the water. Fifty gallons of municipal sewage plant effluent was placed into the pool. That produced a dangerous concentration of 7,000 e. coli bacteria cells per 100 milliliters (half a cup) of water.
Contents of the pool were pumped through a tank containing alternating anodic and cathodic silver electrodes for disinfection. Within three hours the pool was entirely free of e. coli bacteria and the water contained only 3.2 parts of silver per billion parts of water – an amount that is completely safe for humans.
In another dramatic test of silver’s anti-microbial killing power, the Allegany County Health Department in Pennsylvania conducted tests in a 152,000 gallon pool which previously had been disinfected by a 50 pounds-per-day chlorinator. The system was replaced by a silver system for the swimming seasons of 1974 and 1975. Pool water circulated through a filter of activated carbon impregnated with metallic silver.
The county Health Department took up to 50 daily samples and found that silver ions remained in the pool at a low, steady rate of 20 parts per billion with water free of coliform, pseudomonas and staphylococcus bacteria through-out the two seasons.
In contrast, 65 water samples from 30 other pools having a mean concentration of 700 parts per billion of available chlorine for disinfecting, showed a mean of 1.3 pseudomonas and 7.3 staph cells per milliliter of water.
“This data”, the Health Department reported, “indicates that silver is equal to chlorine in maintaining essentially coliform-free pool water, and is somewhat better than chlorine in destroying pseudomonas and staph aureus organisms…”
If this sounds to you like a viable alternative to soaking in high levels of chlorine and bromine in your swimming pool each day, you can read about two of the most popular commercial silver/copper ion generation units designed specifically for pools, at these links:
There are a number of other commercial copper/silver ion generators made for pools on the market, as well. So if you’re going to look into this option for your own swimming pool, be sure to remember the axim, “Google is your best friend” (or whatever your preferable search engine is.)
Here’s another manufacturer of silver-copper ion water disinfection systems for swimming pools, which you might want to look into:
And of course, be sure to talk to the good folks at your local swimming pool service and accessories store, and ask them if they’ve ever installed these silver/copper ion units, as well as which brands they found worked best.
What About Using Colloidal Silver in Hot Tubs?
In my 500 gallon hot tub, I use one quart per week of 10 ppm micro-particle colloidal silver to completely eliminate the use of harsh chemicals such as chlorine and bromine.
In fact, since years ago when I started adding one quart of 10 ppm colloidal silver per week to my hot tub water, I haven’t since had to use chlorine, bromine or any other chemical. And I only change out the water in the tub once a year.
A reader wrote to me about her own experience, which was similar to my own:
“We have a hot tub. The water is treated with chemicals to keep it clean and sanitary. I always hated the smell and wondered what those chemicals were doing to my body.
And if I had forgotten to treat my hot tub for a week or so it would start turning green and smell bad. Then I would have to ‘shock’ the tub with extra chemicals.
So I thought, if silver water kills bad bacteria then why not try it in the hot tub. A year ago, we drained the tub, refilled it and poured in a quart of silver water.
I doubted that it would work due to the fact that the tub is full of water from the hose with plenty of minerals in it.
I am amazed! My hot tub has remained ph balanced and clear as can be for the past year. No green, no smell and best of all no chemicals.
And my husband and I have noticed that we have not had any skin irritations.
We use just one quart of 10 ppm colloidal silver a week, which is much cheaper than those chemicals because we make our own silver water with your Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator for about 36 cents a quart!”
— Nancy S., Topeka KS
Getting Started With Colloidal Silver
It’s true. For about 36 cents a week (the cost to make a quart of colloidal silver with a high-quality colloidal silver generator), you can completely replace your chlorine, bromine and other harsh chemicals in your hot tub with safe, natural mineral silver that’s widely known for its powerful skin-soothing and healing benefits.
Most people who make the switch from using harsh chemicals to colloidal silver in their hot tub or spa tell me they first completely empty their tub, scrub it thoroughly, rinse it, and refill it with fresh, clean water.
Then they start out with two quarts of 10 ppm colloidal silver to “shock” the water.
After the first week, they reduce the amount to a single quart per week, and watch to see if the water remains fresh and crystal clear while using the tub as per usual.
If the water in the hot tub or spa remains sparkling fresh and clear, and if there’s no slime on the inside of the tub, they stick with one quart of colloidal silver per week, from that point forward.
But if the water does not remain fresh and clear, they gradually increase their weekly colloidal silver hot tub infusion until they find the amount that keeps the tub water crystal clear, and with no slime on the inside of the tub.
Based on my own experience and that of others I’ve communicated with, for most hot tubs and spas adding only one quart of 10 ppm colloidal silver per week does the trick!
However, there are a number of variables that can determine whether or not you might have to add extra colloidal silver from time-to-time. For example, here are four important variables:
- How much water the tub holds…
- How often the tub is used…
- Whether or not people are allowed into the tub with suntan lotion or skin cream on…
- How much sun exposure the water in your hot tub or spa gets…
The more water your tub holds, the more colloidal silver has to be used each week. And if the tub is being used very frequently, it might require additional infusions of colloidal silver from time-to-time, as well.
Also, if people use the tub with suntan lotion or skin cream on, some of the lotion will inevitably wash off into the water. When that happens, some of the tiny, healing silver particles will bond with the lotion in the water, forming larger silver particle agglomerates that will be quickly removed from the water by the hot tub filters.
In such a case, colloidal silver would have to be added to the tub water more frequently than just once per week in order to maintain water freshness and disinfection.
Finally, if the hot tub water is regularly exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time (i.e., hours at a time), the light will gradually neutralize some of the silver particles, and larger weekly infusions of colloidal silver might be needed in such a case.
But in general, a single quart of 10 ppm colloidal silver per week does the trick in most hot tubs and spas. And you can always add more if needed.
Give It a Try!
So if you own a hot tub or spa, and you’re sick and tired of the way the harsh disinfectant chemicals make you feel, you might consider giving colloidal silver a try in the hot tub water, instead.
Of course, it’s best if you make your own colloidal silver with a high-quality Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge, which allows you to make quart after quart for less than 36 cents per quart.
Here’s an article about how to make large, gallon-sized batches, if you want (see “Making BIG Batches of Colloidal Silver for About a Penny Per Ounce“), so you’ll always have plenty of colloidal silver available for your hot tub or spa.
It Really Makes a Difference!
After you’ve been using colloidal silver in your hot tub or spa water, or a specialized silver ion generator in your swimming pool for a few weeks, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how soothing to your skin the water becomes, as well as how quickly stubborn skin irritations tend to disappear!
And more importantly, you’ll be surprised at how sparkling fresh and clear the colloidal silver will keep your tub water as long as regular maintenance (i.e., filters cleaned, fresh colloidal silver added each week) is performed.
In Russia, people drive hundreds of miles to soak and swim in Sweet Lake, which has been called Russia’s healing “colloidal silver lake” thanks to the high silver content of the water.
They go there because the high silver content of the water helps boost immunity and aid in the healing of allergies, skin conditions, and more.
But if you have a hot tub or swimming pool, you can create your own healing “colloidal silver lake” at home. There’s no need to go to Russia.
Have You Used Colloidal Silver in Your Hot Tub or a Silver/Copper Ion Generator in Your Swimming Pool?
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Meanwhile, I’ll be back next week with another insightful article on colloidal silver….
Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,
Steve Barwick, author
The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual
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