Homemade Pregnancy Tests: 10 Reasons Why You Should Never Trust/Use Them

There are times when some of us have used unconventional means to solve our problems. We have all taken matters into our own hands and have invented creative ways to make ourselves feel well. These inventions may have made an ailment or side effect go away temporarily, however, in the long run, perhaps it was not a good choice for us physically.

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When we invent pseudo-medical assistance for ourselves, we might be hurting ourselves while not seeking medical truth. Here is a list of homemade pregnancy tests and reasons not to follow through with these do-it-yourself fixes.

10 Bleach

In this homemade remedy, you rely on bleach as a means to your medical guru. In this experiment, you need to use two plastic cups and will pour an even amount of bleach into one cup. Then in the other cup, you will urinate. The idea is to mix these two. Next, wait for a few minutes and if the bleach becomes foamy or bubbles, you are declared pregnant by these fluids. However, the dangerous side of this little science experiment is that bleach is hazardous. It could spill and burn your skin.  I am not sure I would want to risk burns from bleach when pee sticks were invented.

9 Tooth Paste Is A Waste

When I think of toothpaste, the first thing I picture is those shining teeth shimmering on my living room television. What I don’t think about is pregnancy tests. The premise for this experiment is to go to a store and buy white toothpaste. While at home, one would take the white toothpaste and place a small amount onto a cup or spoon.

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Then you take urine and place it on top of the toothpaste. When the toothpaste turns blue or becomes foamy, congrats you are pregnant. The problem with this homemade test is that it is not recommended. Even the Tooth Fairy herself would agree this is not a sound experiment.

8 Wine, Wine, Wine

I have never once thought to use wine to determine if I was with child. In this experiment, you take an entire glass of wine, and a glass of urine and mix them. Supposedly the chemicals from both liquids with react together and will change color. The wine will become lighter in color since urine if often light yellow. This test is faulty because anyone who has ever taken an art class knows when you add light to dark, the dark hue becomes lighter. Anyone doing this experiment would always conclude that they are pregnant 100% of the time.

7 Foamy Soap

Coming home from a long day of work can be tiring for anyone. The hot bath is running and the aroma of soap can be felt and smelled in every corner of the bathroom. However, when it comes to pregnancy tests, soap and bubbles is most likely the very thing that none of us need.

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In this experiment, you take a bar of soap and a cup of urine and mix them. Or you can pee directly on the soap if it is in a cup. The urine, after about ten minutes, will cause the soap to be fizzy and foamy. This is a hogwash pregnancy test because urine can be foamy, and soap naturally foams when coming into contact with any liquid.

6 Sugar, Spice, And Everything Nice

It’s a cool fall day and you find yourself in need of a hot cup of tea. You head to your spice cabinet and reach the sugar bowl. As you put the sugar in your tea, you begin to wonder can I use sugar to see if I am pregnant with my partner’s child? According to Mom Loves Best, “Sugar is a cheap way to test the hCG in your urine and confirm your pregnancy.” First, you place about two to three tablespoons of sugar into a small bowl. Then you add your urine to it. The waiting time is about five to ten minutes, and if the sugar becomes clumpy, behold you are an expectant mother.

5 Vinegar

Time for lunch! You start to think of your favorite foods and what might sound delicious to appease the hunger within. Then you head to the nearest cafe to purchase a sandwich. You find yourself thinking about vinegar and cravings and start to think am I pregnant? Then an even crazier idea comes to light, can vinegar determine if I am pregnant? Believe it or not, there is a hand full of people who have attempted this vinegar experiment. According to Times of India, “Take two tablespoons of white vinegar in a plastic container. Add your urine to it and mix it properly.” The resulting mixture will become foamy and you are therefore pregnant. Both vinegar and urine are very poignant, and mixing these two would create a foul stench.

4 Onion Test

Onions make me cry, especially when I chop them to make pasta. When it comes to creative pregnancy tests this homemade remedy is literally for the history books. Not only would this test not be advisable today, but it’s also uncomfortable for any woman who would attempt it. According to Mental Floss, the Ancient Egyptians had their interesting remedies for detecting pregnancy; one was when doctors, “suggested that a woman who suspected she might be pregnant insert an onion or other strong-smelling bulbous vegetable into her vagina overnight.”

I can only imagine the toxic shock syndrome onions or vegetables might inflict upon a person. There would also be the risk of forgetting to take it out or having it get stuck. That would be an embarrassing trip to the gyno for sure.

3 Dandelion Test

Everyone knows that dandelions are weeds. These flower wannabes are not something to have in one’s garden, let alone determine if one is pregnant. In this dubious test, you collect your urine first thing in the morning. Next, you pick fresh dandelions from outside and peel the petals off the weed. Next, you pour the sample onto the petals. Lastly, you wait for the petals to dry to see the results. According to Healthy Baby Happy Earth, a positive result, “will begin to develop red bumps if you are pregnant.” I suspect that not all dandelions are created equal, what if the dandelion is sickly? This test is too out-dated and not scientific to be factual.

2 Baking Soda Science Experiment

As a mother, I am often baking in the kitchen. I am often making goods that require baking soda. Baking soda is another ingredient that supposedly will determine if someone is pregnant. The premise behind this experiment is to collect urine first thing in the morning, and then add baking soda to the concoction. The wait time is about three to five minutes. According to Being The Parent, “If the baking soda fizzes up like soda pop, then the test result is positive and the chances of pregnancy are high.” This is another dubious test in which fizzy foam is used to determine whether a baby is present. Let’s not forget that urine can naturally foam at times.

1  Shampoo Test

As with all the above-mentioned homemade tests, this one involves another urination creation. To begin, collect urine first thing in the morning. Then you add two to three small drops of shampoo, too much will supposedly make this test fail. After the shampoo is added, you stir them together until they blend. According to Parenting First Cry “When both of these come in contact with each other, the unwanted flushed out chemicals react with the natural components of the shampoo.” Like all the other tests, a negative result is when there is no reaction, and a positive result is when foam appears. We all know that shampoo is soapy, and would, therefore, become foamy when coming into contact with another liquid.

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