make your own pH testing strips with junk mail and pickled cabbage
juice. Test your own saliva for acid/alkaline balance every morning to
know when you are becoming too acidic, indicating a cold or other
disease is coming on. Know when to shift into overdrive on alkalyzing
To start, get some red cabbage juice. You can extract this from the
cabbage by freezing the leaves and then letting them thaw, boiling the
leaves in a little water, microwaving them for a couple minutes or using the liquid from a pickled red cabbage.
Pickled red cabbage in liquid.
Cut a piece of white paper into strips and put it in the cabbage juice.
it has fully soaked, take the paper out of the cabbage juice and set to
dry somewhere. The strips should be some shade of purple.
the strips are dry, store them in a dry place.
they can be placed in any water-based liquid to
determine its alkalinity or acidity. If it is acidic, it will turn a
shade of red or pink, if it is basic (alkaline), it will turn green to
The strip on the left was dipped in lemon juice and the strip on the right was dipped in home-made lye. The lemon
juice strip turned pink indicating the citric acid in it and the lye strip turned turquoise (a pale blue-green), indicating
a weak lye, which I had always assumed was the case with my lye.
Red or pink - 2, a strong acid;
Purple or lavender - 4;
Blue-violet or pastel blue-violet - 6,
Blue or light blue, a weak alkaline - 8;
Blue-Green or light blue-green, alkaline - 10;
Green or pale, mint green, a strong alkaline -
Yellow, a very strong alkaline - 13 or 14
You can soak, dry and cut in any order that is convenient to you.
this instance pictured above, the typing paper was dipped in red
cabbage juice first at one end only, then the opposite end was dipped
in water to make it soft and pliable. The soft, undyed end of the paper
was then folded over a clothes hanger and hung up to dry. When dry, the
paper is cut off the hanger and cut up into individual strips.