Are you looking for a way to cool off this summer? We have the perfect DIY for you! Let’s dive into the chilling effects of ice bleaching. You might be wondering…how is this different from traditional bleach tie-dying? Well, let’s break it down! 

A few supplies you will need are: 

  • Garment
  • Bleach crystals
  • A cooling rack
  • A large plastic bin

Step 1

First, scrunch and twist the garment and place it on top of the cooling rack. 

DO ensure your garment is damp. It will be less likely to bleed this way.

DON’T place it in a small room. Make sure the cooling rack is in a well-ventilated area like your kitchen sink.

Step 2

Now it’s time to pour the ice on top of the garment.

DO make sure it is completely covered, or things could get icy!

DON’T be shy. The more ice you add, the better.

Step 3

Next, pour the bleach crystals over the ice. 

DO pour them heavily in some areas and less in others. The best part of this method is that the design is completely random and unique every time! Whereas in traditional tie-dyeing, the dye is strategically placed. 

DON’T feel like you have to cover the ice in bleach crystals. Leaving some of the ice without it will add more depth to the overall design. 

Here is a photo we grabbed from Momtastic’s blog to help illustrate this step.

Step 4

Once the ice melts, you will slowly start to be able to see the design. 

DO make sure you let the bleach sit on the garment for at least 8 hours. Once the color is to your liking, rinse and then wash the garment with cold water.

DON’T wait too long to wash. Try to throw it into the wash quickly to stop the bleaching process.

Let’s cool it a day. Go out and show off your new shirt! We attached an example below of what your final product could look like. ⬇️ 


Get your needles and thread ready. Our next blog will be all about repurposing old shirts. There are sew many possibilities: quilts, pillowcases, and more—stay tuned!