You can conduct your own simple soil test using common household ingredients to find out if the ph of the soil in your yard or garden is acidic or alkaline. Acidity or alkalinity is measured on a scale ranging from 0 (most acidic) to 14 (most alkaline) with 7 being neutral. Most plants prefer soil in the neutral to slightly acidic range (pH of 6-7).

How to Perform a Homemade Soil Test

  1. Put a soil sample in two small containers.
  2. Mix a little water to the soil in each container to dampen the soil.
  3. Add baking soda to one of the containers. If the baking soda causes the soil to bubble, it indicates that the soil is acidic with a pH below 7.
  4. Add vinegar to the other container. If the vinegar causes the soil to bubble, it indicates that the soil is alkaline with a pH above 7.

While not as accurate as a professional soil test, this simple homemade soil test will tell you whether your soil is generally acidic or alkaline. Watch this video to find out more.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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