Do Ketone Test Strips Go Bad?
Yes, Ketone Test Strips go bad after being opened and exposed to the air. A humid storage location, like a bathroom, will make them go bad even faster.
Expiration Date on Ketone Test Strips
Every bottle of test strips, regardless of the brand, has an expiration date that is roughly two years after their manufacturing date. But this date is nearly worthless.
The expiration date on the bottle refers only to an unopened bottle. Once you’ve opened that bottle, that expiration date means nothing!
How quickly do they go bad after being opened?
The strips tend to last two to three months once opened, though I have had them go bad in less then five weeks!
With two people using the strips, we have only finished off one bottle in the years we’ve been doing keto. That was our very first bottle that we bought when we were first starting keto and peeing on a test strip all the time just because we were excited and didn’t know what we were doing.
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Every bottle since then, we’ve tossed with more than half of strips remaining.
How do you know when they’ve gone bad?
You know that your test strips have gone bad when they just quit working. No matter how keto you’ve been, peeing on bad strips will always show zero ketones.
Just keep this in mind as you are starting your new keto diet. At some point a few months from now you’re going to wake up, pee on the stick and see no ketones and you’ll naturally want to freak out a little.
For that inevitable day, remember that ketone strips do go bad and just have an extra unopened bottle on hand (here is an affiliate link to the brand we usually buy on Amazon) when you need the comfort of a purple urine strip.
How can you make your ketone strips last longer?
It’s air and humidity that makes them quit working, so keep the lid on tight and maybe store them outside of your humid bathroom.
You also don’t have to keep testing with the urine strips. They are a great tool for beginners as a way to identify whether you’ve achieved ketosis. However, along with their short shelf-life, they are not an accurate way to measure the amount of ketones you are producing.
Once you’ve been Keto for a while and you know how you need to eat to be in ketosis, the information you gain from the urine strips is minimal and you don’t need to keep using them.
If you truly want more information about your ketone production and how various foods effect your level of ketosis, consider blood ketone meter. They are pricey but give much more accurate data. Here is an affiliate link to the Keto Mojo Blood Glucose Meter, which is the one we use in our home.
Disclaimer: While I have been keto for over a decade and have guided thousands of people through starting a keto diet, I am neither a licensed nutritionist nor medical professional. I never prescribe diets. I only share my personal experiences and those of my clients for informational purposes only. Nutrition details are provided for informational purposes only, and should not be considered medical nutritional data. You should consult your medical professional before making any major changes in the way you eat.