Are You Testing pH The Right Way?
If you’re an alkaline water drinker, you're interested in pH…and you should know how to test the pH properly. We have a choice of pH strips, pH reagents or digital pH meters.
pH strips can only measure between a range as indicated on the package they come in. Also, they are primarily for saliva & urine. Many people will use pH strips to test their water but if the pH of the water is beyond the range of the strips, they will give a false reading. For example; if the pH of water is 9.5 and the pH strips only measures between 6.5 and 8.5, the reading on the strip will show the low number of 6.5. Another issue with pH strips is their shelf-life, so be sure to check the package to make sure they haven’t spoiled.
pH reagents are fairly easy to use but you don’t get an exact reading but an estimate. When testing with pH reagents you only need a small amount of water and a few drops to see a color of which you match to a color chart to see the estimated pH. As with pH strips, ph reagents also have a shelf life and will go bad if exposed to heat.
pH meters are the best choice for accuracy, but they need to be regularly calibrated and properly stored. Although they may seem like a more expensive choice compared to strips or drops, they are actually very affordable. If you are a Dream Tree Family associate, you can get a pH meter for $29.00. Also, be aware that with a pH meter they will not quit when the battery gets low like other electronic devices, but the reading will bounce around and possibly land on a false reading…all that said, buy some spare batteries.