Did you miss your period? The feeling whether you are pregnant or not makes you anxious or excited.
Clearing your doubt as soon as possible can get relieved from this anxiety. And this can be done either with a commercial pregnancy kit available in the market or homemade methods which can be made with ingredients available at home.
Yes! You read it right. Even before the invention of commercial pregnancy kits, people in olden times used these homemade techniques to find out the results.
Below, we have included all the information like when to do, who can do, why and other information. If you don’t want to read through them, you can jump to the “DIY natural pregnancy tests” section.
Why Would A Person Take Natural Homemade Test?
I know, there are a lot of commercial kits available in the market which can be easily accessed to confirm the results. However, if you can’t wait till you get it from a medical store, then you can try these amazing homemade pregnancy tests.
Apart from that, people are embarrassed to buy a pregnancy kit or who want to keep it a secret can also avail the benefits of natural pregnancy tests.
How Do Pregnancy Tests Work?
Just like commercial pregnancy test kits, natural pregnancy tests also check for hCG in the urine. hCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin) is a hormone made by the cells to starting forming a placenta. It also helps to protect and nourish the fertilized egg.
The most appropriate time to check for this hormone is the first urine in the morning because the levels of hCG are more in it. While taking the pregnancy tests, it is equally important to follow the guidelines because even a small mistake can lead to inaccurate results.
When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?
When the fertilized egg gets implanted in the uterus, the human body begins to produce hCG. This can generally be detected in the urine anytime between 6-14 days after fertilization occurs. In an ideal scenario, you should carry out a homemade pregnancy test once you’ve missed your period.
This is when the hCG levels will be adequately high in the urine, leading to its detection. If you carry out the test earlier, the embryo might still have not got the chance to implant itself, resulting in a false negative test result.
Tips to Increase the Accuracy of Homemade Pregnancy Tests:
Few unknown mistakes like inappropriate ratios and other can provide inaccurate results. For this reason, it may be difficult to rely on homemade pregnancy tests. Below, we have assorted several factors to follow for accurate results…
- Make sure to test using only first urine in the morning because it is more concentrated. So, it is easy to detect the hCG hormone.
- It is better to use plastic spoons, containers and spatulas to collect the urine or mix the ingredients. If in case, you are testing later then collect the urine in a plastic cup with a lid.
- Testing with fewer amounts of urine can provide confusing or inaccurate results. So, make sure to use equal quantities or more urine as per the ingredient you are testing with.
- In some cases, due to any random reason, the chemical reaction may take some time to provide the results. So, we recommend you to wait for some more time before drawing a conclusion.
- It is better to repeat the process several times to ensure the results is constant.
- We recommend trying different methods instead of relying on a single test to observe if you get the same result.
- It is better to perform a test on flat surfaces as shaking or disturbing them can provide inaccurate results.
Best Homemade Pregnancy Test that Surely Work
We have provided 21 DIY pregnancy tests below which can be prepared with easily available ingredients like toothpaste, vinegar, baking soda, mustard powder, Tylenol, Pinesol, hydrogen peroxide and others.
1. Liquid Bleach
Bleach is a common cleaning ingredient in our homes that can also be helpful as a simple DIY pregnancy test. If pregnant, it reacts with the hCG hormone present in the urine. By using this method you can know the results in a short span of time.
- Mix equal quantities of urine and bleach.
- Wait for few minutes to observe reaction.
- Foaming/fizz/bubbles indicate a positive result.
- If there is no reaction, it means the test has turned out to be negative.
Note: Bleach should always be handled very carefully using rubber gloves and a face mask. This test should be carried out in an open space/outdoors as it can result in unpleasant and toxic fumes. You can also use bleach powder mixed with water for this test.
Considered to be one of the oldest and most reliable homemade pregnancy tests, sugar can come in handy as a first measure to detect pregnancy. If you are pregnant, the hCG present in urine doesn’t allow the sugar to get dissolved in the urine.
- In a bowl, add 3 teaspoons of sugar.
- Add your first urine of the day to completely cover the sugar.
- Wait for 5-8 minutes.
- If the sugar forms clumps and does not dissolve, it indicates a positive result.
- However if the sugar dissolves, it indicates a negative result.
Note: Do not use powdered sugar for this test as it does not have the ability to clump together. Instead of sugar, you can use salt to detect pregnancy.
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda is considered to be a pretty effective household ingredient for detecting pregnancy at home. This method provides 70% of accurate results.
- In a bowl, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
- Add 1 teaspoon of your first urine of the day to it.
- Wait for 8-10 minutes.
- If the solution turns blue or begins to foam/fizzle, it indicates a positive result.
- No reaction indicates a negative outcome.
A shampoo contains chemicals that can react to the hCG hormone in the urine. It is one of the easy ways to rely for detecting a pregnancy.
- Into a bowl, add a small amount of shampoo.
- Pour equal amounts of urine in it.
- Wait for around 7 – 10 minutes to notice the reaction.
- If you observe a change in the look and color then you are pregnant.
- If you don’t observe any change then you may be not pregnant.
Note: Instead of shampoo, you can also use a dishwasher or a detergent to take this test.
Plain white toothpaste can be used as a simple test to detect pregnancy. Gel based toothpastes or which contain cooling micro beads or crystals are not suitable for this test.
- Take 2 tablespoons of white toothpaste in a container.
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of urine to it and mix together.
- If the toothpaste turns into a bluish color or begins to foam/bubble, the result is positive.
- No color change indicates a negative result.
Note: You can use a plastic spoon or spatula to mix toothpaste with urine. Since certain brands of toothpaste may also foam or froth if left in urine for a longer duration, it is advisable to carry out 1-2 other tests as well to ensure you get the correct results.
Using a piece of soap for a homemade pregnancy test is one of the cheapest and simplest ways to detect early indications of a pregnancy.
- Use a sharp knife to cut out a small piece of soap from a bar.
- Pour urine onto this soap.
- Wait for 5-10 minutes and observe.
- Bubbles/frothing/foaming indicate a positive result.
- No reaction means a negative test result.
Vinegar is a common kitchen ingredient which can be used to detect pregnancy after a missed period. White distilled vinegar works best for this test. Because apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar are dark in color which minimizes the ability to observe the color change.
- Add about ½ cup of vinegar into a bowl.
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of your first urine of the day into it.
- Allow it to stand for 10-15 minutes.
- If the vinegar changes in color, it signals a positive result.
- If there is no change in the color of the vinegar, it means the result is negative.
8. Dandelion Leaves
Since olden times, freshly plucked dandelion leaves have worked as an effective indicator of pregnancy in women. Certain chemicals present in the leaves interact with the hCG pregnancy hormone and show up as visible red blisters in case of a positive result.
- Place about 2 cups of fresh dandelion leaves in a container.
- Add your urine to this container, such that the leaves are completely soaked.
- Wait for about 10 minutes.
- If the leaves develop red bumps/blisters, it is a clear indication of a positive result.
- No appearance of red blisters indicates a negative result.
Note: Ensure that the container is kept away from direct sunlight. Opt for dandelion leaves that are growing in the shade instead of in direct sunlight.
9. Hydrogen Peroxide and Tylenol
A mixture of crushed Tylenol tablets and hydrogen peroxide serves as an effective test to detect pregnancy.
- Add 2 crushed Tylenol tablets to about ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide in a bowl.
- Leave it undisturbed for 15-20 minutes.
- Add about ¼ cup of urine to the mixture.
- Wait for 5-10 minutes.
- If the resulting solution turns blue or begins to foam, it indicates a positive result.
- No change in color or no foaming indicates the test is negative.
Note: Use white Tylenol tablets for this test. Red Tylenol tablets are also available but they will turn your urine brown, making this test ineffective.
10. Pine Sol
In the early times, women used to prepare their own pine sol to be used as a homemade pregnancy test. Nowadays, it is a standard household cleaning product in most of our houses that can easily be used to detect the first signs of pregnancy.
- In a bowl, take about 1/3 cup of pine sol.
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of urine to it.
- Wait for 5-8 minutes.
- If the color of the pine sol changes, it indicates a positive result.
- If there is no change in the color of the pine sol, it means the test has turned out to be negative.
Note: Using a bottle of unscented, original pine sol from a grocery store works best for this test. Alternatively, you can also use pine needles, cones, twigs or leaves which may or may not indicate a very clear result.
11. Urine in a Jar
The simplest do-it-yourself homemade pregnancy test is to collect your urine in a jar and observe it after a duration of 24 hours or so.
- Collect about ½ cup of your first urine of the day when you wake up.
- Pour it into a jar with a flat bottom.
- Leave it undisturbed for 24 hours.
- If there is a formation of a white layer on the urine surface, it will signal a positive result.
- No formation of layer on top means the test is negative.
Wine has been used to test pregnancy in women since the medieval times. Hence, this test is popularly known as the ‘Medieval test’ or the ‘wine test’.
- Add ½ cup of urine to ½ cup of wine in a bowl and mix well.
- Allow it to stand undisturbed for about 10 minutes.
- A color change indicates a positive result.
- If there is no change in color of the wine, it shows a negative result.
13. Vinegar and Tuna
A bottle of white vinegar and a can of tuna can be used together as a simple homemade pregnancy test.
- Add ½ cup each of white vinegar and tuna juice in a bowl.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Allow the mixture to stand undisturbed overnight.
- In the morning, add to it ½ cup of fresh urine.
- Wait for about 8-10 minutes.
- Greenish color indicates a positive result.
- The original yellow-orange state signals a negative outcome.
14. Barley Seeds and Wheat Seeds
In the olden times, a potentially pregnant woman was asked to urinate on a mixture of barley and wheat seeds to see if they sprouted. This meant a positive result.
- Take ½ cup each of barley seeds and wheat seeds in a bowl.
- Mix them well together.
- Add urine to the mixture regularly for a week.
- Allow it to stand for a couple of days.
- If they sprout, it signals a positive result.
- If there is no sprouting, it indicates a negative result.
15. Mustard Powder
Mustard powder is a common ingredient in our kitchens. It is considered to be one of the simplest and cheapest methods to detect pregnancy at home.
- Add 1 bowl of mustard powder to a tub full of hot water and mix thoroughly.
- Soak in it for about 45 minutes.
- If your menstrual cycle does not begin within 2-3 days, it could point to a positive result.
One of the oldest homemade pregnancy tests known, the latch test is in practice from the 1400’s. It is believed that urine from a pregnant woman may have altered acidity, hence the results.
- Place 1 latch in a container with a flat bottom.
- Add enough urine into it to completely cover the latch.
- Leave for about 3 hours and take out the latch.
- If you can still see an impression of the latch at the bottom of the container, the result should be positive.
17. Drain Cleaner
It is one of the tried-and-tested methods to detect pregnancy at home. For this method, you can use any common drain cleaner available in your cleaning cabinets.
- Add about ¼ cup of a drain cleaner like Drano into a plastic container.
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of fresh urine sample to it.
- A bluish green color indicates a positive result.
- No change in color means the test result is negative.
Note: Drain cleaners usually contain a large amount of harmful chemicals; hence always use rubber gloves for this test. Also, be careful that the mixture doesn’t splash out while adding the urine to it.
18. Red Cabbage
Red cabbage is one of the old wives way of confirming pregnancy. The red cabbage solution will react with hCG in the urine to show the results.
- Chop a red cabbage into chunks.
- Boil the red cabbage in some water.
- Combine the broth of red cabbage and morning’s first urine.
- Observe for few minutes to an hour.
- If the solution changes its color to pink or purple then the result is positive.
- If the color remains unchanged then the result is negative.
19. Dettol Antiseptic Solution
Though it sounds weird, but Dettol can be used to detect early pregnancy. It is very simple to use and doesn’t require much time to notice the test results.
- Into a cup, add Dettol and urine in 1:3 ratio.
- Wait for around 5 minutes and observe the changes.
- If you observe a separate layer of urine on top Dettol then you are pregnant.
- If both the ingredients get mixed then the result is negative.
Chlorine (either in powder or liquid form) is usually used to clean the swimming pools but it can also be used to perform a pregnancy test. It reacts with hCG hormone in the urine and changes its color.
- Collect the first morning’s urine.
- Add 1/2 – 3/4 spoon full of chlorine into a cup of chlorine.
- If you observe change in color and frothing then you may be pregnant.
- If you observe no change then you are not pregnant.
21. Boiling Urine
Though it sounds gross, boiling urine also helps to find out whether you are pregnant or not. If you love experimenting, then you can try this method.
- Heat a pan and slowly add urine to it. Make sure to do it slowly as you don’t want to splatter the urine.
- Let the urine boil for few minutes.
- If you observe a milky froth or other transparent fluids then you are pregnant.
- If the urine doesn’t show any changes then you are not.
FAQ’s regarding Homemade Pregnancy Tests
1. My periods are late. Does it mean I am pregnant?
Pregnancy is not the only cause for late or irregular periods. The normal menstrual cycle may also be disrupted due to certain other factors like stress, body weight (being excessively overweight or underweight), early menopause or a thyroid problem. Confirm with a homemade pregnancy test or visit your gynecologist for the same.
2. How common are false negative results or false positive results?
False negative or positive results in a homemade pregnancy test are common. They may occur as a result of carrying out the test too early after fertilization or you may be using incorrect amounts of ingredients. False positive results may show up if you have been on fertility treatments in the past. Hence, it is best to follow it up with a home pregnancy test kit available in the market or visit your doctor for confirmation.
3. I got a negative result more than once while using a homemade pregnancy test. Can I still be pregnant?
Yes, you may still be pregnant. These homemade pregnancy tests are not 100% foolproof or dependable. Every woman ovulates at different times during her menstrual cycle. Also, the embryo may get implanted into the uterus after different time intervals in different women. These and several other factors can affect the levels of hCG in the urine, leading to errors in results. Hence, it is better to carry out 2-3 of the tests to get a better idea instead of just one. If all indicate a positive result, follow it up with a medical pregnancy test at your gynecologist’s clinic as a final confirmation.
4. I take contraceptive tablets on a regular basis. Will that affect the results of my homemade pregnancy test?
Usually contraceptive pills do not affect the results of a pregnancy test, but hormonal contraceptive tablets may at times interfere with the results of the tests. Talk to your doctor in case you’re on regular dosage of these tablets to inquire whether you need an alternative form of contraception or need to stop taking the medication.
5. My homemade pregnancy tests showed positive results. Then I opted for a blood test but it showed a negative result. Am I pregnant or not?
Blood tests are generally more reliable than homemade urine pregnancy tests since they detect the level of the pregnancy hormone (hCG) directly from the blood stream itself. Fertility medication, diuretic drugs or ectopic pregnancies may lead to a discrepancy in the results of the two tests. It is best to carry out another blood test again and note the results for confirmation.
6. I tried 2-3 different homemade pregnancy tests and all showed a positive result. What should I do next?
Congratulations! Visit your gynecologist at the earliest to medically confirm your pregnancy. The doctor will guide you on the next course of action.
7. Can a homemade pregnancy test tell you sex of the baby?
No, it is not possible. The urine doesn’t contain any sex hormones so it is impossible to determine the sex of the baby.
8. Can homemade pregnancy test tell you about pregnancy condition?
No, homemade pregnancy tests don’t tell anything about the pregnancy condition. It only detects whether you are pregnant or not. In order to know your pregnancy condition, we recommend consulting a certified gynecologist.
9. Are homemade pregnancy tests 100% accurate?
Neither homemade nor over-the-counter pregnancy tests are 100% accurate. A blood test or physical examination by a gynecologist can provide accurate information.
Tips and Precautions
- Using homemade pregnancy tests are convenient to detect pregnancy but have a low level of accuracy, especially in early days. Do not use it as a replacement for pharmaceutical tests which are much more effective and reliable.
- Homemade pregnancy tests usually work best starting from the day you missed your periods.
- It is recommended to use your first urine of the day for the tests to be more effective, as it is more potent and concentrated. You can also store the first urine of the day in a sealed container to be used later.
- Drink plenty of water the night before you plan to carry out the tests. This will ensure a good amount of urine production by morning.
- Use containers/bowls/spatulas made of plastic wherever required and discard them immediately after use.
- Do not shake the sample mixtures while carrying out any of the tests.
- It is advisable to wear a mask and gloves while carrying out these tests to prevent coming into contact with substances that may be harmful.
- In certain remedies, it may take a certain duration of time for the results to be visible. Allow the test mixture to stand undisturbed for longer if there are no instant results or repeat the test again for confirmation.
Which of the above homemade pregnancy test worked best for you? Did any other natural product help you to find out about the good news? We would love to hear your experiences and suggestions in the comments section below.