The first time I heard about the baking soda gender test, I thought it was completely made up. There are a million and one different tests, gimmicks, and old wives’ tales abounding that supposedly help to either conceive a certain gender or to determine the gender of your unborn child, and I figured this was just one more. I’ve never tried the test myself, but I have friends who have.
How does the baking soda test work?
You can do this test at your own home using supplies you likely already own. All you’ll need is some baking soda in a small container and another clean container to catch your urine.
To collect your urine, wash your hands, sit on the toilet, and hold the container under yourself while you void a small amount. For extra safety, you may consider wearing latex gloves.
First morning urine is preferred with this test, since drinking water throughout the day is thought to dilute the urine and skew the results.
You’ll need about equal parts urine to baking soda. There’s no consensus on specific measurements. Once you have these two crucial ingredients, slowly pour the urine into the baking soda and watch to see if it fizzes.
The test itself is easy enough:
- Put a tablespoon or two of baking soda in a glass.
- Add some of your urine to the baking soda.
- If the combination fizzes, like a soft drink that has been shaken up, then you are having a boy.
- On the other hand if there is no reaction at all from the baking soda and urine, you’re having a girl.
Baking Soda – Gender Test: Step by Step
Results: If the urine fizzes or sizzles in the baking soda, you’re supposedly having a boy. If nothing happens and it stays flat, you’re supposedly having a girl.
Video: Baking Soda – Gender Test
Does the baking soda gender test work? Maybe… and maybe not. The thought is that the pregnancy hormones in your urine cause it to react with the baking soda differently for each gender due to the difference in pH (girl is acidic, while boy is alkaline).
The science behind this idea suggests that the gender of the baby changes some of the hormones in the mother’s body, which may then change some of the acid content of her urine. If you’ve ever seen vinegar and baking soda together then you know why acidity is an important concept where this test is concerned.