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Do a DIY Soil pH Test at Home

This simple soil pH test only requires a few simple supplies - most of which you probably have right at home! In minutes, you can find out whether your soil is alkaline or acidic.


  • a bowl and spoon



  • Scoop up a small amount of soil from your garden.
  • Then, add enough distilled water to the soil to make it into a loose mud.
  • Pour a bit of vinegar into the bowl. If it fizzes, your soil is alkaline!

Double-check your results by emptying the bowl and starting once more.

  • Again, scoop some soil into the bowl.
  • Add the water to create a loose mud.
  • Sprinkle baking soda into the mixture. If it fizzes, your soil is acidic!