If there’s one type of pregnancy test that’s been forming some sort of crazy as of late, it’s the “bleach pregnancy test”. This is by no means a new method that’s been invented recently, though – the bleach pregnancy test method has been around for a fairly long time now.
For some people it’s nothing more than a little fun scientific experiment that they take with a grain of salt, while others consider it to be a groundbreaking method to test for a pregnancy while barely having to spend any money doing it.
So, who’s right and who’s wrong? This article will break down everything you’ll need to know about the bleach pregnancy test, whether or not it’s a good idea for you to take it, safety tips you should keep in mind and much more – so read on!
Why Is The Bleach Pregnancy Test So Popular Nowadays?
If you’re anything like me, the first question that comes to mind when hearing about this method is “why bleach? I mean, out of all the ingredients out there, what’s so special about bleach?”.
That’s kind of the same question I had going through my head when I first heard about another method to test for pregnancy with sugar.
There’s a whole host of reasons that explain why the bleach pregnancy test has gone down as a very popular method to check whether or not conception has really taken place.
1) Fast Results
Possibly the number one reason that makes the bleach pregnancy test the popular method it is is how fast it promises to deliver results.
Let’s face it, the traditional pregnancy test we’re all used to can be nerve wracking to take. Every additional minute you have to wait seems like a lifetime that’s passing by so, so slowly.
So, bleach pregnancy tests appeal to all women as much faster alternatives to regular pregnancy tests.
How many people do you know who don’t have easy access to bleach in their house? It’s the #1 go-to material for cleaning purposes, after all.
Because bleach is a staple ingredient found in all households, so you won’t have to spend too much time shopping for some unusual ingredient that’s hard to find to prepare the test.
And this is literally the only ingredient you’ll need to perform this test – well, in addition to a cup and some of your fresh urinee, of course.
Let’s face it, high quality pregnancy tests sold in pharmacies aren’t exactly cheap.
The best part is how affordable it is to use a bleach pregnancy test, because bleach in and of itself is very cheap.
It’s pretty obvious to just about anyone out there what you’re trying to figure out when using a regular pregnancy test kit, so you don’t really have much secrecy there.
On the other hand, the majority of people won’t have a clue about what you’re trying to do when mixing bleach with urine in a cup, so you don’t have to reveal anything to anyone if you don’t feel like talking about it.
Is This A Safe Method?
Now while these are all reasons that make the bleach pregnancy test the popular method it is today, this does not necessarily mean that it’s a safe method. Just think about this for a second, how many diets do you know or have heard of that are wildly popular but are very unsafe?
Here’s what you should know about the safety of bleach pregnancy tests before you go ahead and try to take one.
Let’s first begin by answering the million dollar question and getting that out of the way – NO, it’s not safe for you (or anyone else) to take a bleach pregnancy test at home.
From a purely chemical standpoint, urine and bleach should never mix together.
1) Safety Concerns
Bleach and urine should absolute never, ever be combined for whatever reason – unless you’re a scientist doing so in a laboratory with all the safety precautions set in place beforehand.
Why exactly? When bleach and urine are combined, a very toxic fume called chloramine gas is created that can put your safety and well being at great risk if you inhale even a small amount of it. This is because ammonia found in urine reacts terribly with chlorine bleach.
Not only is your health and well being in great danger upon getting exposed to this toxic fume, that of the baby you’re carrying (if you’re indeed pregnant) is also in great danger.
Depending on the amount of chloramine gas you inhale, you could experience minor symptoms such as difficulty breathing, nausea, throat irritation and skin irritation, or could even possibly lose consciousness if you inhale too much.
While proponents of the bleach pregnancy test claim that putting this combination together in an open area with lots of air flow or in the comfort of your own home while having the windows open for proper ventilation purposes is fine, we believe that not having these two elements mix together at all is a much better route to take.
Even if you manage to not get yourself or the baby you’re pregnant with harmed because of exposure to the toxic fume that results from mixing urine with bleach, just think about the harm you’ll be causing the environment when you’re done with the test and want to dispose of this combination.
When dealing with bleach, you should also make sure not to have any of it (no matter how small the amount may be) come in direct contact with your skin or any body part (especially sensitive body parts such as the vagina).
Bleach is toxic material, so pay attention to this for your own safety.
2) Huge Mess To Clean Up
With all the foaming and bubbling that will be going on when you mix bleach with urine, have you considered the possibility of a complete mess happening – one that you’ll have to clean up later?
The possibility of a “volcano effect” happening when you mix urine and bleach in a cup isn’t really too far fetched – and I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t look forward to cleaning that mess up if I ever find myself in such a situation.
How Accurate Is It?
No matter how you look at it, the bleach pregnancy test is far from accurate or scientific.
As with any do-it-yourself pregnancy test out there, it’s best that you take the “results” with a pinch of salt.
If you were to go out there and perform a statistical survey asking women who have tried this test out about what their experiences with it were, you’re much more likely to hear about people getting back false-positives and false-negatives instead of getting back accurate results.
When it comes to accuracy, there’s nothing out there that can beat a blood test performed by a doctor or – at the very least – a pregnancy test kit you could buy at your local drugstore.
So, don’t take a chance with a bleach pregnancy test, it’s just not worth it. Getting your hopes up over something that means so much to you in life only to be let down afterwards when you find out that the results you got back weren’t exactly accurate can be a devastating situation to be put in.
How Does The Bleach Pregnancy Test Work?
While you might be intimidated at first and think that there’s a whole lot of preparation that needs to be done with bleach and other ingredients, that’s not exactly the case.
The whole thing is actually a simple and very straightforward process, so here’s the main gist of it.
- Get two disposable cups. You don’t want to grab just any cup you would usually use to drink from, of course – pick disposable ones.
- Get a disposable face mask from a pharmacy so you don’t inhale any of the toxic fumes caused from combining bleach with urine.
- Put some bleach in one cup first using a disposable spoon, filling about 25% of the cup. Don’t put bleach in a cup from a spoon that you use to eat from, because traces may remain no matter how thoroughly you clean it, and bleach is toxic.
- Be sure to only use regular unscented bleach that you would usually use for doing laundry or other cleaning purposes. Using scented bleach for this test isn’t a good idea because of all the extra chemicals scented bleach tends to contain that just end up getting in the way.
- Add some fresh urine to another, different disposable cup. In case you’re wondering about how you should go about adding fresh urine to the cup, there’s no other way but for you to directly urinate in it, really. This might gross some people out, but it’s the way this test needs to be done. So be careful, focus, and aim well! Or else things will get real messy, real fast.
- It’s said that chances of getting an accurate result with this test are higher when the fresh urine sample used is the one you take when you first urinate that day during early morning. This is also true for any pregnancy test you take, because the levels of hCG in the urine are highest in the first early morning pee.
- Empty the contents of the urine cup into the cup where you have bleach ready, and observe what happens.
If you’re asking yourself how much bleach you should pour into a cup first and how much fresh urine you should add to it afterwards, there’s no real rules set in stone here. So, you’ll just have to do it by intuition.
Proponents of this method do advise, though, that you keep the amount of bleach and urine in the test equal for the most accurate results. If one is found in significantly higher amounts than the other, it’s said that the test won’t give back as much of an accurate result anymore.
Go minimal at first and then work your way up from there, you can always add a little bit more bleach or fresh urine as needed, but you’ll find yourself in a complete and utter mess if you put too much of either to begin with.
So for starters, fill 25% of the cup’s capacity with urine and see if you need to add more from there, then re-adjust.
Here’s how you can (supposedly) know whether or not you’re pregnant with this type of test, though.
- Wait for around 5 minutes after mixing the fresh sample of urine with bleach in a disposable cup. You’ll almost always not have to wait that much, since a reaction usually happens in less than 1 minute .
- If you are indeed pregnant, it’s said that the foam and fizzy bubbles will form when the bleach and urine mix together. The foam and bubbles are very similar to those formed when you would pour beer into a glass.
- However, if you’re not pregnant, it’s said that no froth or bubbles will form when the bleach and urine mix together – the most you’ll notice is hearing a hissing sound.
Even though there’s no real scientific data or studies out there that prove this is true, it’s believed that a bleach pregnancy test works the same way as a regular home-based pregnancy test does, by reacting with the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone (hCG) that’s present in a pregnant woman’s urine.
Levels of hCG drastically increase in the body during the early stages of a woman’s pregnancy.
If a woman isn’t pregnant, not enough levels of the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone (hCG) will be present in her urine and, as a result, no foam or bubbles will form when bleach and urine mix together since no reaction with the hCG has occurred.
As previously stated, there’s not enough scientific data as of this writing to prove all of this, this is just how proponents of bleach pregnancy tests claim this method works.
Using This As A First Step
Proponents of the bleach pregnancy test often argue that they use this as a first step which, based on the results they get back, would either have them move on to step #2 or stop altogether.
So, for many people, it usually goes something like this.
- Step 1: Conduct a preliminary test via the bleach method upon suspicion of an early pregnancy or actively trying to conceive.
- Step 2: If the bleach pregnancy test returns a positive result, they then go on to take a regular over the counter pregnancy test that can be bought from a pharmacy, and follow that up with a blood test performed by a doctor. If the bleach pregnancy test returns a negative result, they don’t buy a regular pregnancy test that can be found in any drug store in order to “not waste money”.
Again, it’s very important to nail the point that this is just bad practice, simply because bleach tests are incredibly inaccurate in finding out whether a woman is pregnant or not.
Trying It Out With Other Family Members
Whether it’s just for the fun of it or because you really want to assess the reliability of the bleach pregnancy test, have some other family members try it before you take your test’s results too seriously.
For the sake of testing (and – very possibly – a lot of laughs) have a male try this test out and see what results they get. If foam and bubbles result from mixing their fresh urine with bleach, then there’s your answer – you now know how reliable (not) this test is.
You can also try this out with a female in the household, but just be 100% positive that she’s not pregnant to avoid confusion.