A DIY pregnancy test? But why? Nowadays, commercial pregnancy test kits are readily available in supermarkets and drugstores. But if you’re just questioning why your period is slightly delayed, why spend so much on a test? Consider this your first level of confirmation but be aware that the tests are not 100% accurate so you might still want to go see your doctor for confirmation. But to put your mind at rest, what is there to lose?
These 12 homemade tests are the type of things our grandmothers and their mothers resorted to before the advent of the commercial pregnancy kits. Check them out, either out of curiosity, a personal scientific experiment, or just your own need to confirm a pregnancy.
hCG Mini Facts
These homemade tests check for the presence of the pregnancy hormone, hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin). It is the hormone a woman’s body starts to produce from the very moment when fertilization occurs.
More than a pregnancy indicator, hCG tells your body to continue producing progesterone (another hormone) which preserves the endometrial-uterine lining of the body. This means you won’t get your period. So hCG is part of the process of protecting the embryo. To put it simply, “menstruation will not occur thanks to the dynamic interaction between hCG and progesterone.”
The wonders of the female body – it truly is amazing.
DIY Pregnancy Test Pointers
- First, for better accuracy, use the first urine of the day. That first urine contains the highest levels of hCG as it builds up overnight.
- Drink lots of water before you urinate in the morning.
- Clean plastic containers are best for these homemade tests, and use plastic coffee stirrers or spoons to mix. Use a plastic tool for collecting your urine samples, making sure they are clean and dry.
- Collect as much as you can, even if the DIY pregnancy test only calls for a tablespoon or so, just in case you want to re-do it.
- These tests usually take time, around 5 to 10 minutes. Don’t be impatient, and follow the instructions.
- Repeat the test and don’t hesitate to use several of the different tests.
- Let the sample and mixture settle. Don’t disturb while waiting.
- Finally, dispose properly.
DIY Pregnancy Test
Conduct these tests when you don’t have to rush and you are not likely to be disturbed. They are not 100% accurate and should not replace medical kits or a medical check-up. We recommend that you see your doctor even after conducting the tests, to ensure the health of both you and your baby.
(1) Toothpaste Test
You will need white toothpaste for this DIY pregnancy test. White only, but it doesn’t matter what else is in there, if it’s fluoride or 100% organic – just use pure white toothpaste.
First, put two tablespoons of toothpaste in a container, then add your urine sample. If there are changes to the toothpaste: it starts to froth or it changes color – then you are pregnant.
(2) Baby Bleach It
One of the most common DIY pregnancy tests, bleach is fast and easy. Collect your urine in a container and add some powdered bleach. Mix properly to remove lumps. If it fizzes and foams, then you are pregnant. If there’s no foaming or fizzing, then it’s a negative.
Be careful when handling the bleach, especially when you add it to the urine – the fumes can be dangerous. If you inhale the fumes and suffer from dizziness and nausea, remove yourself from the bleach and wash your hands immediately.
If you come into contact with the bleach or the mixture, wash immediately with water then a soap solution concentrate. REMEMBER, don’t touch your face or your eyes until you have washed your hands when handling bleach.
(3) Sweet Sugar DIY Pregnancy Test
The sugar DIY pregnancy test is one of the easiest and safest way to check for pregnancy. Historically, it was also the most popular before the introduction of more accurate pregnancy test kits. But what worked for grandma can still work for you.
First, put a tablespoon of sugar into a clean dry container, then add a tablespoon of urine. Watch the chemical reaction between the sugar and urine – if the sugar starts forming clumps, the test is positive. The hcG hormone in the urine will prevent the sugar from dissolving. If nothing happens except for the sugar dissolving, then you are not pregnant.
(4) Baking Soda is More Than a Cleanser
Another common household ingredient, multi-purpose baking soda. A must for baking delicious cookies and for an effective homemade cleanser, you can also use baking soda to check if a bun is in the oven.
Put two tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl then collect your urine and add it to the baking soda. Observe carefully. If bubbles form, the kind that you see when you’re opening a soft drink can, then that bun in the oven – he or she is snug and warm.
(5) Verily Vinegar Test
Another common household item that we can use for a DIY pregnancy test is vinegar. The kitchen is a veritable chemistry lab if you come to think of it! Another grandma method that we can still use now.
First, take a plastic container and add some white (colorless) vinegar. Add your urine and mix properly then let the mixture settle for a few minutes. Observe the color of the solution: if it changes color, then it’s a positive for pregnancy.
(6) Soapy Test
Another common household product you can use for a grandma DIY pregnancy test is soap. It doesn’t matter what type – any soap will do. Take a piece of the soap, pour urine over it and if it forms bubbles (don’t do anything with the soap – just observe it) then a baby is probably on its way.
(7) Pine-Sol Baby Test
The things we can do with household products, like the lowly cleaner Pine-Sol. Can you believe that it has become a traditional homemade DIY pregnancy test? Invented in 1929, it really became popular in the 1950s and is still quite popular now, being part of a line of well-known cleaning products.
Get the original Pine-Sol and pour a small amount in a cup. Observe the color of the undiluted and pure Pine-Sol. Next, add a sample of your urine, mix properly and wait for the Pine-Sol to settle. If there is any change in color, that means you will probably be doing a lot more cleaning in the future with being a new baby on the way.
(8) Dandy Dandelion Test
Have you ever wondered how they tested for pregnancy in the days of your grandma’s grandma’s grandma? Well, wonder no more – you can even try it out for yourself. Maybe you’re out at the garden doing some DIY backyard things and come across some dandelions – well use them for a DIY pregnancy test. It is supposed to be very accurate – the wonders of nature indeed.
Foremost, gather some fresh dandelion leaves and lay them on a plastic sheet – keeping them away from direct sunlight. Add urine until all the leaves are submerged then leave for ten minutes. Finally, check to see whether the leaves have reddish blisters. If they are blistered red, then you are pregnant.
(9) Tylenol + Peroxide = DIY Pregnancy Test
Let’s just think you are in a pregnancy test spree or just being a curious cat with a lot of time to spare. Perhaps you’re waiting for a DIY decorated mug to dry – another test using common household items.
First, use only white Tylenol tablets, not the liquid gel capsules. Get some peroxide, which is basically used as a disinfectant – so check your first aid kit.
Now, using a clean clear glass bowl that you will never use again – crush two Tylenol tablets and pour peroxide over until the powder becomes fizzy. Now add a teaspoon of urine, the first urine of the day, to that fizzing mixture.
Observe the changes. If the Tylenol + peroxide mixture turns blue or bluish, you will soon be singing baby songs of your own.
(10) Wine Test
Since ancient times, wine has been used to check for pregnancy. First, mix 1/2 cup wine with 1/2 cup urine and observe for 10 minutes. If the color of the mixture changes, then it’s a positive. Refrain from drinking wine if you think you may be pregnant. Have a mug of calming tea with any of these DIY mugs while you wait for the test to conclude.
(11) Tuna Juice + Vinegar = DIY Pregnancy Test
Another strange test and one recommended mostly for the curious. First, put equal parts vinegar and tuna juice in a container and mix well. Add 1/2 cup urine and wait, observing any changes in color. If the tuna juice + vinegar + urine mixture turns greenish in color, then it’s GO baby GO. If it stays yellow, then it’s a negative.
You are probably wondering how our foremothers were able to concoct these DIY pregnancy tests. Chalk it up to necessity, human intelligence and resourcefulness.
(12) Mustard Must-Test
You can really appreciate the effortsof our ancestors for being able to discover how to use mustard powder as DIY pregnancy test. If you think about it, their powers of observation for how to get things right must have been amazing. This one is a bit tricky, so probably will just appeal to the curious amongst you.
In the past, mustard powder was used as a menstruation inducer so that is the connection for its use in a homemade pregnancy test. One thing about this method, you will need to have a delayed period AND a good warm soak so you can also enjoy this one.
First, fill the tub with warm water, then add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of fresh mustard powder. Soak for in the mustard water for 30 minutes or so, to let the mustard work. Then shower as normal. If your menstruation starts within 2-3 days, then you are not pregnant. However, if your period doesn’t come – then baby is on its way.
Consider this more of a period-inducer than anything.
Again, no DIY pregnancy test is 100% accurate. All the tests depend on the hCG in your urine and their interaction withdifferent chemicals in these common household items. Sometimes, you can be pregnant but the result will be negative.
Also, the chemical reactions between the hCG and your ingredients will depend on the quantity and quality of the goods. Never dilute the urine to increase the quantity. Set an appointment with your gynecologist to confirm your pregnancy.