Can You Mix Colloidal Silver with Other Things?

Photo of serious doubtful young woman dressed green t-shirt finger temple looking empty space isolated blue color background - Can You Mix Colloidal Silver with Other Things?Did you know that you can mix colloidal silver with other natural substances in order to make a variety of helpful natural solutions such as a homemade fruit and vegetable wash…a home cure for stubborn athlete’s foot…and more?

It’s true! You can also make natural health and beauty care products, a homemade antimicrobial gel for stubborn boils and other topical infections, homemade antimicrobial soap, and much more!

Here are just a few examples of the kinds of substances people mix with colloidal silver in order to make their own helpful natural products for a variety of uses…

Hi, Steve Barwick here, for The Silver Edge

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is this: “Can I mix colloidal silver with other substances?”

And the answer, of course, in general, is “Yes!”

For example, people use vinegar and colloidal silver together as a very effective fruit and vegetable wash and disinfectant. To learn how it’s done, read my article A Simple, Effective Colloidal Silver Fruit and Vegetable Wash at this link.

Colloidal silver can also be used with apple cider vinegar as an effective athlete’s foot cure. For more specifics, see my article Colloidal Silver for Athlete’s Foot and Other Topical Fungal Infections at this link.

Colloidal silver can also be used with a variety of essential oils and other substances to make natural health and beauty care products, including a minty homemade mouthwash, a refreshing homemade aftershave, or even a homemade deodorant spray.

Learn more by reading Angela Kaelin’s great article, Make Your Own Natural Health and Beauty Products Using Colloidal Silver at this link.

Even More Examples

Experienced colloidal silver users also use colloidal silver in combination with antimicrobial essential oils (i.e., such as Tea Tree oil) for topical use as a “double whammy” against stubborn topical infections such as boils or even MRSA. Learn more by reading my article, An Unusual Colloidal Silver Remedy for Infected Boils in Inconvenient Places, at this link.

Some people even mix colloidal silver with liquid soap in a pump dispenser to give their favorite hand-soap powerful antimicrobial qualities. See my short video, Make Your Own Colloidal Silver Gel and Colloidal Silver Soap, at this link.

Finally, people mix colloidal silver with a variety of natural oils or gels, such as coconut oil, argan oil or aloe vera gel, to make all-natural germicidal topical products. See my article, Germ-Busting Colloidal Silver Gels and Creams at this link, and scroll down to the section on “Making Your Own.”

General Rule-of-Thumb on Mixing

The general rule-of-thumb when mixing colloidal silver with other substances is to make up the combination fresh for each use whenever possible.


Because when colloidal silver is mixed with other substances, over the course of time it can begin to oxidize, or even bond with other constituents of the substance you’ve mixed it with, and lose potency as a result.

Sometimes, there’s not enough potency loss to make a big difference. But sometimes there is, depending upon the substance being mixed with the colloidal silver and whether or not specific constituents of that substance tend to interfere with the antimicrobial activity of the silver over time.

So, for example, when mixing colloidal silver with vinegar to create a natural, disinfectant fruit and vegetable wash, you should probably consider making up a fresh mixture each time since the acidity in vinegar tends to oxidize silver more quickly than other substances would.

After all, it only takes a few seconds to mix a fresh batch of your colloidal silver and vinegar wash. And you’ll enjoy maximum potency and effectiveness from the silver by mixing the wash up fresh each time. If you were to use the same batch you mixed a week earlier, it might not be nearly as potent as mixing a fresh batch.

But when making things like a personal natural deodorant, a natural minty mouthwash or a refreshing natural aftershave by mixing colloidal silver with other substances (see earlier link to Angela Kaelin’s article), most users agree you can go as long as one week without having to mix up a fresh batch.

Some people prefer to make only three days’ worth at a time just to be sure they’re getting maximum antimicrobial potency from the silver.

The bottom line, general speaking, is that the fresher-made the combination is, and the sooner it’s used, the more potency and effectiveness the silver will maintain.

On the other hand, when mixing colloidal silver into liquid soaps and shampoos, the silver seems to maintain its potency very well over long periods of time. Apparently, certain constituents of soap make for good carriers of silver, rather than acting as neutralizing agents.

That’s why I never fail to add colloidal silver to my favorite shampoo, and to my favorite bathroom countertop liquid soap dispenser!


There is some controversy over the idea that mixing colloidal silver with other substances can negate the effectiveness of the silver over time.

Indeed, in many cases there appears to be very little loss of silver’s potency at all, even over long periods of time. And this appears to be borne out at least several clinical studies.

For example, one study has shown that when small amounts of silver is used as a disinfectant agent in “multiple dose products” such as cosmetics or pharmaceutical preparations, the silver continues to work over time, “even in the presence of strong interfering additives.”

In other words, the silver particles still demonstrate antimicrobial effectiveness in spite of the presence of ingredients that should interfere with it.

Here’s a quote from the study:

“The wide antimicrobial spectrum, the high microbicidal potency, the good water solubility and the safety of anodic silver, therefore, provide an encouraging background to the investigation of the use of this ion as a preservative in pharmaceutical or cosmetic formulations…

The high rate of kill of anodic silver is very useful to ensure a rapid reduction of microorganisms. However, the effectiveness of silver in keeping the number of surviving organisms at less than 0.01% of the starting inoculum after repeated inocula, even in the presence of strong interfering additives, appears the most interesting feature for its possible use as a preserving agent in multiple-dose products”.

— Scalzo, M., et al. 1996. Antimicrobial activity of electrochemical silver ions in nonionic surfactant solutions and in model dispersions. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 48, 60-63.

[From the “What the Experts Say About Colloidal Silver” page at]

What that basically says is that when manufacturers use ionic silver in cosmetics or in pharmaceutical products as a disinfectant and preservative to help prevent the product from becoming contaminated with bacteria, the silver is able to keep the number of surviving microbes down to less than 0.01% even after the product has been used repeatedly, and even if the product contains “strong interfering additives.”

So the good news is that if you make an all-natural mouthwash, for example, using colloidal silver and other natural ingredients, and you still have some left over after a week or so, it should still be good to use!

What to Watch For

Just be sure to watch for signs that the colloidal silver you’ve mixed with another substance isn’t being neutralized, oxidized or otherwise degenerated over the course of time.

For example, if the solution you’ve made is turning gray, cloudy or murky looking, this is a sure sign the silver particles have lost their electrical charge and are oxidizing and falling out of suspension, or agglomerating with other constituents in the solution you’ve mixed. That’s when it’s time to mix a new, fresh batch.

As I’ve mentioned previously, to ensure maximum potency of the silver, most experienced colloidal silver users agree that fresh batches of such homemade natural products should be made for each individual use.

The exceptions are in cases of mixing colloidal silver with liquid soaps or shampoos (in which cases silver seems to maintain potency indefinitely), some gels (such as Aloe Vera gel, in which colloidal silver seems to maintain potency indefinitely) or in making a natural mouthwash or underarm deodorant spray (in which case experienced users generally make no more than one week’s worth at a time).

Just keep your eye on your homemade solutions to make sure there’s no discoloration in them that would indicate the silver particles are agglomerating or oxidizing and falling out of suspension and thereby losing their potency.

Have You Successfully Mixed Colloidal Silver with Other Substances?

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Even More Powerful Uses for Colloidal Silver

101 Powerful Household Uses for Colloidal Silver (booklet)These days, smart folks are working to avoid the overuse of potentially toxic, chemical-laden home disinfectants – particularly with the focus on natural, green lifestyles, safe, non-toxic living and environmental sustainability.

That’s why I wrote 101 Powerful Household Uses for Colloidal Silver – a 27-page booklet that not only lists and explains 16 simple ways to use colloidal silver for healing infections and disease, but also lists and explains the top 101 ways to use colloidal silver around the house for safe, natural, and highly effective disinfection purposes.

In this new 27 page booklet, 101 Powerful Household Uses for Colloidal Silver, you’ll learn the specific ways to use colloidal silver for:

  • Keeping the reservoir in your home drinking water dispenser safe and germ-free with colloidal silver!
  • Keeping your milk and juices fresher nearly twice as long with colloidal silver!
  • Keeping leftover food safe, fresh and bacteria-free with colloidal silver!
  • Keeping your refrigerator mold and bacteria-free with colloidal silver!
  • Preventing mold and fermentation when canning and making preserves, with colloidal silver!
  • Keeping mold and mildew from growing under sinks or in cabinets with colloidal silver!
  • Keeping cut flowers alive as much as twice as long as usual, with colloidal silver!
  • Keeping your household mop disinfected with colloidal silver, so you’re not spreading germs every time you mop!
  • Disinfecting your toilet bowls and toilet tanks the safe, quick and easy way with colloidal silver!
  • Keeping toilet seats, handles, bathroom plungers and toilet brushes fully disinfected with colloidal silver!
  • Eliminating potentially toxic chlorine and bromine in your Jacuzzi or hot tub, and keeping it thoroughly disinfected and sparkling clear with colloidal silver, instead!
  • Making sure your kitchen and bathroom sponges are not harboring and spreading harmful bacteria, with colloidal silver!
  • A simple way to use colloidal silver to help keep your dishcloths and dish towels, as well as hand and bath towels, bacteria-free!
  • The simple, 10-second way to keep your kitchen cutting boards from harboring potentially dangerous bacteria, with colloidal silver!
  • The surprisingly simple colloidal silver denture soak, to help keep dentures free of bacterial buildup!
  • Using colloidal silver in your Water Pic or oral irrigator to help prevent bacterial buildup!
  • Using colloidal silver to help keep carpets and drapes free of mold and bacteria in areas of the country where high humidity is a problem!
  • Using colloidal silver to help keep carpets and drapes free of mold and bacteria in areas of the country where high humidity is a problem! Using colloidal silver in the laundry to provide extra disinfectant protection to sheets, towels, underclothing and more!
  • Preventing dandruff, the safe easy way, with colloidal silver!
  • Soothing diaper rash with colloidal silver!
  • Helping keep houseplants healthier and stronger by using colloidal silver to prevent mold and bacterial growth in the topsoil!
  • Using colloidal silver to make sure pet cages and pet sleeping quarters are free of microbial contamination for better pet health and to prevent microbes from spreading!
  • Using colloidal silver to help keep hearing aids, eyeglasses and contact lenses safe and microbe-free!

And dozens more phenomenal and fully people-tested household uses for colloidal silver you’ve likely never thought of before!

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that there are indeed tons of effective ways to use colloidal silver around the house, to disinfect, help stop the spread of unwanted microbes and help keep your family healthy and infection-free. And among these are some very unusual uses you’ve probably never thought of.

So don’t be left in the dark.

Instead, do all you can to learn about the powerful, household disinfecting qualities of colloidal silver.

With this new 27-page guidebook, 101 Powerful Household Uses for Colloidal Silver, you’ll never again be at a loss for how to keep your household as safe and germ-free as possible with colloidal silver. Make sure you get a copy today!

And then learn how to make your own high-quality colloidal silver, quickly and easily, in the comfort and privacy of your own home, and for less than 36 cents a quart, by clicking the link in this sentence.

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,
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Steve Barwick, author
The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual

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