Bleaching Denim

September 11, 2003

custom bleached denim with an intricate designHow do you bleach denim to create a fashionable look?



October 14, 20030 found this helpful

There is a product called Easy Bleach. I saw it in a catalog called Home-Sew but it`s not cheap.It`s around $9. I'm sure someone out there has a cheaper solution.

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By dave (Guest Post)
May 19, 20040 found this helpful

try domestos i did and it worked

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May 20, 20040 found this helpful

I saw a clip on TV for decorating denim and they used one of those bleach pens to create different shapes, etc on jeans, jackets and shirts. I would think a template or stencil would work to help with the lines, unless you are very artistic.

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June 23, 20040 found this helpful

Rit Dye offers a product called Fast Fade. It works great to lighten up denim. It's hard to find in stores, but you can easily get it at the "Rit Dye" online store. - Jennifer

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By Lana (Guest Post)
June 28, 20040 found this helpful

The bleach pen for drawing shapes on denim is so unique I'd like to have more ingenious ideas like that.

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By Lynne (Guest Post)
December 4, 20040 found this helpful

Toss your denim into the bathtub or out on the sidewalk. Pour the bleach slowly onto your item while standing above it. Let it soak in for about two minutes, then rinse it in cold water.(Be careful not to splash the bleach while pouring.) After that, wash it separately.

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February 11, 20050 found this helpful

i must speak up here. DO NOT bleach denim on the sidewalk!! the bleach will seep into the ground, the water table, the ecosystem and the drinking water.


it is a carcinogen. if using bleach, best to pour it down the drain. thanks!

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By pedant (Guest Post)
February 17, 20050 found this helpful

So when you pour bleach down the drain it doesn't go back to the water table?

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By lisa (Guest Post)
April 2, 20050 found this helpful

im trying to bleach a denim jacket. soaked it overnite in domestos, but instead of it bleaching all the jacket its all patchy. any suggestions would be most appreciated

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April 20, 20050 found this helpful

If you put one fourth water to three-fourths regular bleach in a container as big as what you are bleaching; lay the object down evenlly and let the denim sit from anywhere from 30 sec. to 5 min. depending on how bleached you want it to look, itshould come out pretty good!



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By Geena (Guest Post)
August 24, 20050 found this helpful

im trying to bleach my denim backpack for school, but i dont know how i could bleach everything but the back, because the back is polyester and the bleach would weaken that. puleeez give me some ideas!

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By katrina (Guest Post)
January 11, 20060 found this helpful

im was sitting in my room and filled it with bleach now everything in my room is sparkly

Editor's Note: This may be a joke but bleach in large amounts is very toxic. You may have chlorine poisoning, get out of there now!

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By KEISHA (Guest Post)
April 25, 20060 found this helpful


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By Michelle (Guest Post)
May 17, 20060 found this helpful

I found a lot about bleaching denim on here, hth

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By Michelle (Guest Post)
May 17, 20060 found this helpful

I found a lot about bleaching denim on here, hth

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By perry (Guest Post)
August 20, 20060 found this helpful

ok so i just bought this wonderful jean denim jacket. But the color is too dark for my taste. Is there any way i can bleach it to lighten the color ?? but not ruin the jacket?


Editor's Note: Put 1 cup bleach in the washer while it is filling and before you put in the jacket so it is well diluted. (DO NOT pour bleach on the jacket or you will have bad white spots and then be wanting to know how to redye it.) You should be able to let it sit in the water for a while and it will lighten it. Basically, though, just washing the jacket and hanging it out in the sun a few times will lighten it quite a bit.

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By amy (Guest Post)
August 11, 20070 found this helpful

how can i bleach black denim to white? or grey? if anybody has any ideas please! post them or send me an email (amy-bush at hotmail dot com) thank you x

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By ninock (Guest Post)
September 19, 20070 found this helpful

I create my own destroyed jeans and putting mixtures of pure bleach or bleach and water in a mist/spray bottle and spraying even layers on jeans, then washing them works very well. So if you want that faded look you just spray the top and bottom with a 3:1 ratio to the middle based on what you want. DO NOT DO THIS INDOORS!

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July 7, 2010

I want to bleach designs onto jeans for making a blue jean purse. Has anyone done this and if so which kind of detergent did you use? How well did it work? I am thinking of making a retro jeans purse for the kids for Christmas. Thank you.

By Robyn Fed from Hampton, TN

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October 29, 2006

I am looking for directions on how to use a tide stain pen to decorate denim.

Randi from Vacaville, CA


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October 30, 20060 found this helpful

Here's one page, Randi :)

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October 31, 20060 found this helpful

Martha Stewart did this on her show with stencils on t-shirts, so I'm sure you can adapt it for denim. One thing that was apparently important was to neutralize the bleach so that it would not eat on the fabric. Anyway, here's the link to the page where she did the t-shirts.


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By carla bledsoe (Guest Post)
November 2, 20060 found this helpful

i've not heard of the tide stain pen bleaching out fabric dye but the clorox bleach pen will.
just draw on the design let it set a few minutes and wash as usual. don't let it set too long or it will spread out as the fabric absorbs the bleach. it may take two or three washings to finish a project depending on how detailed it is.

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November 9, 20060 found this helpful

They made stuff like this on DIY's Creative Juice show.,2025,DIY_13751_4397086,00.html

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June 2, 2014

This is a page about fading dark jeans. You can fade dark jeans for an overall lighter look or spot bleach for a reverse tie dyed appearance.

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