How To Use Ph Strips?

How do pH strips work?

pH strips are pieces of paper that change color depending on the pH – the acidity or alkalinity – of a liquid. A strip of filter paper is soaked with different pH indicators (more on that later), allowed to dry and voila: pH strips. Most common pH strips are designed to test urine, water and saliva.

How do you use pH paper?

How does pH Paper Work? –

How do you use Mcolorphast pH indicator strips?


  • Remove the strip from the box.
  • Immerse the reaction zone of the strip into the solution for approximately 3-5 seconds or until there is no further color change.**
  • Remove the strip from the solution, wiping the strip along the edge of the vessel to remove excess liquid from the strip.

What are the three steps to pH paper?

Dip the end of the pH strip into the chemical or substance you want to test. After a couple of seconds, remove the paper and compare the color of the pH strip to the color chart provided with the pH paper kit. Do not re-use a pH paper to retest or test another chemical. Always use a new pH strip.

How can I test my pH without strips?

The most common way to test pH is by using litmus paper, which comes in strips that are used to test a liquid’s pH level. The paper turns different colors to indicate how acidic or basic a liquid is. The pH also can be tested using a pH meter with a probe or a field test kit, neither of which uses litmus paper.

How accurate are pH strips?

Test strip B1 overestimated pH 3.0 in 92% of the observations and overestimated pH 4.0 in 39% of the observations. In contrast, B1 performed very well at pH 5.0 (100% accurate) and pH 6.0 (98% accurate).

What is the pH paper called?

So a pH paper, also called litmus paper, is filter paper that is treated with natural water soluble dye from lichens. pH paper is used as an indicator to test the acidity of water-based liquids.

What is the color of pH paper?

Usually, litmus paper is either red or blue. Red paper turns blue when the pH is alkaline, while blue paper turns red when the pH turns acidic. While litmus paper is most often used to test the pH of liquids, it can also be used to test gases if the paper is dampened with distilled water before exposure to the gas.

What pH should Urine be?

According to the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, the average value for urine pH is 6.0, but it can range from 4.5 to 8.0. Urine under 5.0 is acidic, and urine higher than 8.0 is alkaline, or basic. Different laboratories may have different ranges for “normal” pH levels.