Try This: Red Cabbage Indicator
There are plenty of fancy ways to test to see if something is an acid or a base, but you can also do it simply in the comfort of your own home.
How can you figure out if something is an acid or a base?
Cabbage indicator — the liquid from a jar of pickled red cabbage, available at the grocery store
1 small plate for each of the materials you wish to test. Below are some samples:
Tea bag — mix with water to make tea
Pour some of the indicator into several small plates.
Drop a small amount of each test item onto a plate and watch what happens to the indicator.
With some of the test samples, the indicator will turn a pink color. That is your clue that you've tested an acid. Other samples should have turned the indicator greenish blue. Those are the bases. Now that you know what to look for, can you find other acids and bases in your kitchen?
CAUTION: Some acids are very dangerous to humans. Be careful not to get any of the samples on your skin, and never try to eat or drink things that you are experimenting with.
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