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Does a Homemade Pregnancy Test Work?

There is a lot out there on homemade pregnancy tests such as tests with sugar, tests with vinegar, tests with toothpaste, tests with bleach, tests with Pine Sol, and tests with peroxide. These are tests that women have used since before there were home pregnancy tests you could buy at the store. Is there any homemade pregnancy that works out there and, if so, how can you make a homemade pregnancy test? Is there a specific recipe to follow and is there any accuracy to these easy tests? Let’s take a look.

How to make a Homemade Pregnancy Test

As you look over these recipes, bear in mind that some of them are not all that accurate and some are just old wives’ tales. Nevertheless, these are recipes that are easy to use and may actually tell you that you are pregnant. You should follow up any of these tests with an accurate urine or serum pregnancy test just to make sure.

There is a lot out there on homemade pregnancy tests such as tests with sugar, tests with vinegar, tests with toothpaste, tests with bleach, tests with Pine Sol, and tests with peroxide. These are tests that women have used since before there were home pregnancy tests you could buy at the store. Is there any homemade pregnancy that works out there and, if so, how can you make a homemade pregnancy test? Is there a specific recipe to follow and is there any accuracy to these easy tests? Let’s take a look.

How to make a Homemade Pregnancy Test

As you look over these recipes, bear in mind that some of them are not all that accurate and some are just old wives’ tales. Nevertheless, these are recipes that are easy to use and may actually tell you that you are pregnant. You should follow up any of these tests with an accurate urine or serum pregnancy test just to make sure.

  •  Tests with Pine Sol. You can make Pine Sol yourself by mixing pine cones, pine needles and pine twigs together or you can just buy Pine Sol at the store. You need to urinate in the container of a couple of ounces of Pine Sol. If the Pine Sol changes color after ten minutes, you have a positive pregnancy test.
  • Tests with Dandelion Leaves. In this test, you gather a few bits of dandelion leaves that you put in a plastic container and keep away from light. Make sure you have a full bladder so you can urinate enough onto these leaves so that they are fully submerged under the urine. Urinate into the container to cover the leaves and wait a full ten minutes. If you see any tiny red bumps on the surface of the leaves, it means you are pregnant. If no bumps appear, you are not pregnant.

  • Tests with toothpaste. You need to use the white variety of toothpaste and some of your first morning specimen of urine. Mix a teaspoonful of the toothpaste into the urine. If the toothpaste turns blue and becomes frothy, you are supposed to be pregnant.
  • Tests with bleach. Urinate into a plastic cup. As usual, first morning specimens are the best urine samples to use. Pour in bleach to about a 1:1 ratio with the amount of urine you have in the cup. If the mixture foams furiously, you are probably pregnant. You should make sure you can do this outside because this concoction leaves a lot of fumes that can cause difficulty breathing if you breathe them in.
  • Tests with Vinegar. Mix your urine with vinegar in a plastic cup. There are no clear cut recipes as to the ideal amount of urine and vinegar to use. If the color of the mixture changes at all, you are pregnant. The mixture may bubble a bit but do not be concerned about that. Just pay attention to the color change.

  • Wheat and Barley testing. In this test, used in ancient Egypt, you urinate on a collection of wheat seeds and barley seeds. If the seeds germinate you are pregnant. According to ancient Egyptian lore, if the wheat seeds germinate and not the barley, you are expecting a female child. If the barley germinates and not the wheat, it means you are expecting a baby boy.
  • Testing with Sugar. This is a simple test to use on your first morning specimen. You are supposed to take 2 to 3 tablespoons of sugar and put them in a bowl. Then urinate onto the sugar. If the sugar dissolves in the urine, you are not pregnant. If the sugar forms clumps in the urine instead, it means that you are pregnant.
  • Testing with Mustard powder. This is an unusual test meant to be performed after you miss your period. You are supposed to fill up your bathtub with hot water that has some fresh mustard powder in it. Then you need to soak in the bathtub for up to 20 minutes. Then take a plain water shower and wait. If you get your period the next day, you are not pregnant. If, on the next day, you have no bleeding still, you are likely to be pregnant.

  • Tests that use Tuna Juice and Vinegar. You need to mix a quarter cup of tuna juice from canned tuna along with a quarter cup of vinegar inside a plastic cup. You should then urinate in a different cup and add the urine to the tuna/vinegar mixture. Wait a few minutes. If the color of the mixture turns green, it means you are pregnant. If the color instead changes to a yellow-orange color, it means you are not pregnant.
  • Tests that use soap. Use a piece of bar soap and break off a small piece. Put that small piece of bar soap inside a cup with your urine in it. If the bar soap turns frothy, it means you are pregnant. If it bubbles just a little or not at all, it means you are not pregnant.
  • A test with urine alone. Give a sample of your urine into a jar or bottle. Set the jar or bottle on a flat surface, leaving it alone for 24 hours. After that, take a look for a white layer on the surface of the urine. If you see the white layer, you are probably pregnant. If there is no white film on the urine, you are not pregnant.

  • Wine test. This is a test often used in medieval times. The woman mixed wine with her urine. A positive pregnancy test occurred when the urine changed color. If the urine was still clear, she was not pregnant.
  • Peroxide and Tylenol test. Provide a first morning specimen of urine. Add peroxide and Tylenol in equal amounts. If the urine in the cup turns blue, it means that you are pregnant.
  • The Onion test. This was a test that was popularized by the ancient Greeks. The doctor would take an onion and would insert it into the woman’s vagina overnight. Then he would smell her breath the next day. If her breath smelled of onions, it meant that she was pregnant. The idea behind this test is that a pregnant vagina would soak up the juices of the onion more so than a non-pregnant woman.

  • The Latch test. This is a pregnancy test that dates back to the European 1400s. At that time, the woman would place a latch in a bowl and pee enough onto the latch so that it would be completely submersed in the urine. Then she waited for three hours. If, after three hours, she removed the latch and a print of the latch appeared at the bottom of the bowl, it meant that she was pregnant.
  • The Red Cabbage Test. You must chop a red cabbage in two parts and put the half of the cabbage in a pan of hot water. Let the cabbage boil on the stove for ten minutes and then let the cabbage and water cool down. Strain the liquid from the pan into a cup or jar. Collect a urine sample in another jar. Using equal amounts of both liquids, you then pour the cabbage water into the urine. If the color remains a nice purple color, it means you are having a girl. If instead the urine turns a pink-red color, it means you are going to have a boy.

Unless it says otherwise, be sure to use your first morning urine specimen because it is the time when it is the most concentrated. Don’t do the bleach test indoors as the fumes are bad for you and smell really horrible. Remember that these tests are scientifically unproven so you still need to go out and get a urine pregnancy test to really confirm scientifically that you are or are not pregnant. Many of these tests are not very sensitive so you probably would have already missed your period by the time it occurs to you to take these tests. By then, the urine HCG levels would be fairly high so it is certainly possible that there are some chemical changes in the urine at those concentrations. Who knows? It is a lot of fun but if you really want to know that you are pregnant at the earliest possible time, select a home urine pregnancy test that says it can predict whether or not you are pregnant at about 6 days before your missed period. While checking on this day, remember that there are a great many false negatives at this time and you may have to test again. Wait a couple of days so that the urine HCG level will have doubled and use a first morning specimen. Follow the directions on the package and see if you see the two blue lines, the two pink lines, the plus sign or the digital readout. As long as the test hasn’t expired, you stand a good chance of having an accurate test.

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