Recycled Bleached Jeans

Make your jeans into a fun fashion statement. Make the most unique jeans around! Jeans are tied, scrunched, folded and secured with rubber bands, soaked in bleach and hot water.


Approximate Time: 15 to 30 minutes in the bleach, wash and dry done!


  • jeans
  • bucket
  • bleach
  • hot water
  • rubber bands
  • washer and dryer


    Wash jeans and dry with no fabric softener or sheets.

  1. Fold jeans, twist, and tie with rubber bands. There is no set way to do this, but I kept twisting, securing with bands folding securing with more rubber bands. No two will be alike and it is similar to tie dyeing, only with bleach.
  2. Place the jeans in bucket with half hot water and half bleach, soak and turn, push around for 15 minutes. Pull back a band and see what's happening. I left mine in 1 hour, use your own judgment.
  3. Rinse and place in washer and dryer.

By over and over from Middleton WI

May 19, 20080 found this helpful
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I have also done this project using the bleach as "paint". Apply it with an old paintbrush and you can create whatever designs you want.

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May 20, 20080 found this helpful
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I did this with some colored t-shirts a few years ago and they looked really cool!! Only thing tho, it weakened the fabric considerably where the bleach had been. Soon started developing holes and rips in those places. It should take a lot longer on jeans tho!! Cute idea!!

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May 19, 20080 found this helpful

I did this once, accidentally, by placing bleach in a color wash. Everybody thought my jeans were cool! Those were halcyon days of fun and adventure. I believe I will do it again, just to see what happens! Thanks for the memories!

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May 19, 20080 found this helpful

Those look like a scene from space, galaxies of stars flung across the vast oceans of nothingness...very cool!

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May 21, 20080 found this helpful

Looks cool

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